No self publishing on Xbox One a big deal, system designed for corporate relations
Adding to the never-ending dialogue the Xbox One reveal created early last week, an article on Gamasutra discusses the negative implications of no self publishing on the new console.
The candid exposition dives into detail about how toxic the attitude Microsoft has in controlling their own digital marketplace so forcefully. The article goes as far to say that Microsoft has no concept of a digital publisher, and that this spells gloom and doom for everyone involved.
Christian Nutt goes on in his critical assessment:
“It’s time for some real talk: It is my belief that the Xbox One is primarily a device designed so corporations can have relationships with each other…the reason developers weren’t really on stage except in prepackaged video segments prepared at the behest and for the benefit of these corporations is because Xbox One is not primarily about them.”
A strong but concise point, one that contradicts recent remarks from James Silva, the notable indie game dev who wrote recently about his own positive work with the gaming giant.
Considering the number of dissenting opinions on the matter, Microsoft will have to put forth a lot of effort in creating a more positive image come this E3.