But of course, Microsoft isn’t explaining how
Razza-frazza Microsoft, fricka-fracka get story straight…
So Microsoft’s Matt Booty explained last week that Xbox One will share essentially the same digital distribution approval process as Xbox 360, including the inability to self-publish. This made a lot of developers, especially of the indie persuasion, very upset. But as Major Nelson later said, most of the Xbox One reports currently circulating the net are “inaccurate and incomplete,” so we ought to hold our tongue or something.
Microsoft head of interactive entertainment, Don Mattrick, has told Kotaku, “We’re going to have an independent creator program. We’re going to sponsor it. We’re going to give people tools. We’re going to give more information.” Then he followed up by saying, “That is something we think — I think — is important. That’s how I started in the industry. There’s no way we’re going to build a box that doesn’t support that.”
Here’s the kicker: Mattrick delivered this message to Kotaku on the same day that Booty dropped the “no self-publishing” bomb. Microsoft is planning on supporting indies, but it’s sending conflicting messages as to what that support entails. And of course, Mattrick didn’t go into any detail, so it’s anyone’s guess as to what will happen.
No one with a shred of sense should trust Microsoft’s word at this point. Enough words. DO.