New MS Policies Could Hamper Future Arcade Titles
Written Monday, August 11, 2008 By Dan WebbView author's profile
In an interview with Gamasutra, independent developer of Braid, Johnathan Blow stated that Microsoft's new policies regarding Xbox Live Arcade titles could affect whether he releases a game on that format in the future.
He says "...what would keep me from putting another game on Arcade again is just that they've changed the business deal -- at least as I've heard."
Gamesindustry.biz indicates that the royalty level could drop from 75% to as little as 30% and Blow states that "If it's as I've heard that it is, I couldn't even necessarily break even."
This is an alarming piece of news for the Xbox Live Arcade. Braid is currently tipped as being one of the greatest titles ever to grace the service and if this new policy really is deterring new, talented developers from using it as their platform, the Live Arcade could float in to nothingness. Daunting... I know!
In other Braid news, Blow states that he doesn't plan on releasing any downloadable content for the title and the sequel is only a distant possibility as he indicates it might be possible "maybe in five years when I'm motivated".
Bad news all round then.