Lanning: Xbox One team should be fired over indie stance

VG247: According to Oddworld Inhabitant’s boss, Microsoft should cull its Xbox One team and start again. Lorne Lanning speaks out on Redmond’s great next-gen indie disaster.

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Septic1771d ago (Edited 1771d ago )

“At the business level, Microsoft isn’t acknowledging people like us,” said Lanning. “It’s as if we don’t matter.”

That's very damming.

Microsoft needs to get its act together and fast.

And if it means firing people then Microsoft should do it because the situation is becoming increasingly untenable.

bessy671771d ago

You hear very different stories from other companies like The Behemoth. The guy needs to just shut up and make his game. As of now, there doesn't seem to be anything to set Oddworld apart from the many other indie platformers.

nirwanda1771d ago

So you think that Microsoft should stop devs releasing a game on xbox live if they want to charge less.

bessy671771d ago

Nope, I think that the guy should just shut up and continue to develop the game for whatever platforms he wants to develop for. Seriously, new n tasty looks pretty generic.

pompombrum1771d ago (Edited 1771d ago )

^^ Maybe he wants to make games for the Xbox One too but wants to do so without being backed against a wall and bullied into handing over some of his revenue because of stupid BS policies? It's not like he is blindly hating for the sake of hating.

die_fiend1771d ago

Guessing you've never played an Abe game if you think that's generic. Go back to sleep. Or COD

nirwanda1771d ago

I take it you didn't read the part about MS refusing to release strangers wraith on live because it was priced at too low of a price point on psn, he wanted to release on xbox live.

Seafort1771d ago

@bessy67 New n Tasty generic?? Abes Oddysee was one of the first games to really bring back 2d platform/puzzle games.

Games like Limbo, Braid, and many more should be thankful for Oddworld and Lanning for bringing the genre back from extinction.

Oddworld Munch's Oddysee was a launch title for Xbox. I think MS owes Lanning and Oddworld Inhabitants a bit of leeway.

If it was me though I would just launch on all other platforms apart from Microsofts and wait till they get their act together in a year or 2.

ginsunuva1771d ago

Guys he's just trolling.
There's no one in their right mind that could actually think Oddworld is an "indie platformer."

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nirwanda1771d ago

What's worse is they wouldn't let them publish strangers wraith on the 360 even though they attempted many times because they charged too little on PSN.
Thats an awful way of forcing high price points on indie devs who probably would have preferred more downloads.

Thepharaoh1771d ago

Honestly. Some of my greatest experiences have come from the indie developer's the amount of creativity and incredible attention to detail sometimes rival the AAA games of this generation.Why put so many restrictions on a part of the industry which already has problems with funding and watching restrictions

jimmywolf1771d ago

i agree 100% but it all about control, they have issues with giving liberty too anyone even us. proven with their policy with online DRM.

i know their in a business too make money but they need take a step back an realize were not cattle or sheep an stop trying farm us...

Valkyre1771d ago (Edited 1771d ago )

They should actually fire everyone involved into that mess...

It started with that "DEAL WITH IT" dude, then that asshole Don Mattrick "stick with 360" in charge of xbox one, Major Nelson etc etc.

At least they fired and got rid of the first 2 and now only that Major is left.

But all this is just ugly... they fucked up big time.

DragonKnight1771d ago

"but right now people like us are clearly not in Xbox One’s business model. And there’s nothing we can do about that.”

Join the club. Xbox One's business model is all over the place for the most part, but they do have a focus more on the Apple/Google crowd then on indie developers or even core gamers. The proof of that is in what they decided was the most important first impression to make, their extreme disconnect with core gamer sensibilities to the point that they were forced to reverse their controlling policies, and the generally poor handling of virtually all their public relations issues.

nirwanda1771d ago

If they had concentrated more on apple and google they would have noticed the price that they charge for apps/games and how they are pretty open to everyone to create games at a very low price point.

DragonKnight1771d ago

I didn't say a complete focus on Apple/Google. Just a focus.

nirwanda1771d ago (Edited 1771d ago )

I was agreeing with you, I understood what you ment, MS want apples cool and high price point without realising whats at the core of apples success.i.e. low prices for apps and also an attractive price on music that started it all.

DragonKnight1771d ago

Oh, my apologies. I misunderstood.

pompombrum1771d ago

Microsoft just doesn't care about the little guys.I think they're being arrogant and expecting the Xbox One to sell so well that indie developers will feel releasing it on the Xbone will be just too good to turn down.

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