Oddworld Dev Laments Xbox One's Lack Of Indie Support And Microsoft PR, "They Should Fire Them All"
Posted on Friday, July 19 @ 05:16:21 PST by Alex_Osborn
Oddworld Inhabitants boss Lorne Lanning isn't too happy about Microsoft's stance on indie developers and its overall messaging with the Xbox One. As such, Lanning believes The Big M would be better off firing its current PR and marketing staff and starting over fresh.
Speaking toVG247, Lanning explained:
I’ve watched them make this mistake before. I’ll give you a true story. When they were launching the first Xbox – and we were a launch title on that – it was an exciting time as well. We did a European tour before Xbox released, and I was with Peter Molyneux and other designers of note, and we met with the press in Germany and France. We could not talk about the games. The press were so irate about the price point, about the way they were handling the euro in different territories, and we couldn’t talk about the games. We couldn’t get in that discussion, and they wanted to hammer on Microsoft.So what does the Oddworld boss think the company should do? Send the Xbox One PR and marketing guys packing and start over with a new crew.
Quite frankly, out of Washington, we see a pretty good understanding of who makes really expensive great games, but beyond that there’s not really any insight into how people get there from nothing.What do you think? Do you agree with Lanning? Should Microsoft axe the current Xbox One team and make it known to the gaming world that they're starting fresh? Sound off with your thoughts in the comments below.
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