Curve Digital Games Not Coming to Xbox One Thanks to Microsoft's Parity Clause
Written Wednesday, May 07, 2014 By Richard WalkerView author's profile
Stealth Bastard developer Curve Digital has revealed that its line-up of forthcoming indie titles won't see the light of day on Xbox One, due to Microsoft's parity clause that demands developers launch their games on the console either before or alongside other platforms. Curve's current crop of games had already been signed ahead of Microsoft putting its indie ID@Xbox programme in place.
As games like The Swapper, MouseCraft and Titan Attacks are all slated for release on PlayStation platforms first, they simply won't be coming to Xbox One, as a result. "Unfortunately, all these titles here get ruled out by the parity clause," Curve's Managing Director Jason Perkins told Digital Spy.
"We feel like it's unnecessary handcuffs really," added Design Director Jonathan Biddle, "but that's the way they've decided to run that."
Future Curve Digital games could still come to Microsoft's console, however, according to Perkins. "That's the plan. It's important for us, we want to be [on Xbox One]," he said.
"We're platform agnostic. We'll support everyone. What works for us is having many as healthy competitors as possible," Biddle added. "They'll all try and promote the games they've got, and that's what we want. We want a healthy ecosystem, so we want everyone to do well."