Have Microsoft Changed the Achievement Policy?
Written Thursday, September 13, 2007 By Dan WebbView author's profile
Right, lets start off with the policy, I'll take the policy direct from some of the guys at Microsoft via the Gamerscore Blog where I can quote the policy as stating...
"1. All regular disc-based games MUST have 1,000 Gamerscore in the base game. This means that any consumer who buys a retail game will have the opportunity to unlock the full 1,000 Gamerscore without having to pay for any add-on content. Note that a publisher may decide to deliver a portion of this Gamerscore via add-on content, but the add-on content will always be free to the consumer.
2. Game publishers will have the option to deliver another 250 incremental Gamerscore on top of the 1,000 via add-on content from Marketplace. This add-on content could be either free or paid. So if you complete a game and earn the full 1,000 GS, you could by getting new add-on content earn up to a total of 1,250 points from a game."
Now the new Beautiful Katamari list would suggest otherwise, take a look here. It has 1250 straight from the outset, so maybe the policy has changed? Or do they have downloadable content ready for release already? Who knows, not we're not 100% sure at the moment, but as soon as we hear, we'll let you know. If it is definitely the latter, then why are they worrying about downloadable content before the game launches? Surely it's ready to put in the game that ships... Looks like another money making scheme from over here. Either way, it is definitely an achievement policy loophole, how will Microsoft react to this I wonder?