Minecraft claims most day-one XBLA sales but Fez developer unhappy at preferential treatment

By Matt Williams
11 May 2012 04:35 GMT

Minecraft has overtaken Trials Evolution to set a new day-one sales record on the Xbox Live Arcade release, but Fez developer Polytron has claimed that Mojang was given special treatment not available to other studios.

Microsoft made the announcement earlier today, but will not yet confirm the exact sales figures.

Yesterday Markus ‘Notch’ Perrson announced that the title had reclaimed all development costs within its first hour of release.

The news upset Fez developer Polytron, who took to Twitter to question how Notch was able to learn such data so fast. “[H]ow did you get those stats from MS?” the developer asked. “[W]e still dont know exactly how much fez sold almost a month later. you get stats in 24 hours?”

Notch was apparently unaware that the quickness of the sales figures was out of the ordinary. “What? Really? I thought it was standard procedure! That sucks,” he responded.

Polytron further informed Notch that he had been given preferential treatment in being allowed free updates. “[Y]ou’re also getting free updates, which is something every other developer on the platform is told is simply not an option,” the developer stated.

Notch responded to the allegations stating that Mojang “had to fight for that, and we got a limited number of them. Not sure why they don’t like it.”

In follow up, Polytron state that Microsoft contacted them regarding the sales figures. Polytron also clarified their concerns, stating that “minecraft did not get preferencial [sic] treatment regarding sale stats. just for the free updates!”

Thanks, Eurogamer.

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