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Sony keen on indies, Microsoft "focused elsewhere", says Schafer

Double Fine boss Tim Schafer has said that Sony has been proactive in reaching out to the indie community, and he's still hopeful that Microsoft will do the same.

"Sony has reached out to us and asked us our opinions about what we’d like to see with new platforms and they’ve been really good with indies – allowing them self-publish and entering into partnerships and stuff like that," Schafer told Edge.

"Microsoft has been focused elsewhere up until now, I’ve kind of had my fingers crossed that hopefully they’ll change their minds about that because I think it’s really critical."

Schafer didn't seem to mean it's critical for Double Fine that Microsoft make it easy to get onto the Xbox One - quite the opposite.

“There are just too many options right now for indies as far as publishing goes," he said.

"Steam is huge, mobile and all of those things are really profitable for indies so there’s too many reasonable and successful alternatives for indies to look towards – we don’t really need to go through the arduous process of acquiring a publisher that we don’t need just to be on a certain platform. I hope [Microsoft] figure it out."

Schafer is currently hard at work on Broken Age, the adventure funded by Kickstarter, but a second team has launched its own crowdfunding campaign for Massive Chalice, a fantasy strategy and tactics game.

Thanks, CVG.

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Based in Australia and having come from a lengthy career in the Aussie games media, Brenna worked as VG247's remote Deputy Editor for several years, covering news and events from the other side of the planet to the rest of the team. After leaving VG247, Brenna retired from games media and crossed over to development, working as a writer on several video games.