Zombie Driver HD Could Be Resurrected on Xbox One
Written Friday, January 24, 2014 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Following the bankuptcy of Japanese XBLA publisher Cyberfront Corporation, Zombie Driver HD is set to be taken down from the Arcade at the end of the month. However, the game could make a comeback on Xbox One thanks to Microsoft's ID@Xbox initiative, though getting the game back on Xbox 360 is more complicated due to muddy self-publishing policies.
"We are already working with Sony in Japan to re-release the game so it should return shortly. The situation on XBLA is somewhat more difficult because due to Microsoft's policies we are not able to self-publish the game on the Xbox 360 even though it has passed all certification stages, requirements, etc. XBLA on the Xbox 360 is the last platform where it's not possible to release a game on our own and from the perspective of a small independent studio, it looks a bit like a remnant of the Cold War in comparison to the other platforms," developer Exor Studios writes on its Facebook page.
"Thankfully Microsoft is moving forward with the Xbox One and we are already in the ID@XBOX program. We're looking forward to see if we would be allowed to release Zombie Driver on the Xbox One with new improvements for the next generation. Meanwhile we are already working on finding a new publishing partner for the Xbox 360 and hope to announce the game's re-release on XBLA as soon as possible."
Zombie Driver HD has sold more than 500,000 copies since it first launched in December 2009, across PC, XBLA, PSN, Google Play, Ouya and boxed retail. "Zombie Driver is still going strong and it allows us to work in peace on our next game," Exor's post continues. "We aren't ready to announce the new new game yet, but we can already say that it's very different from Zombie Driver."
Exor Studios will be giving away XBLA keys for Zombie Driver HD via its Facebook page, with regular posts to appear until the game is removed from the Arcade.