A Lack Of Self-Publishing Means Fish Is "Not Interested"
Despite this week’s major U-turn by Microsoft on its used-game policies, one outspoken developer has stated the change of heart has not swayed his resolve to ignore the platform. Phil Fish, developer of XBLA indie hit Fez, has said that the upcoming sequel will almost certainly appear on the PS4, but “not Xbox.”
Speaking to Polygon, the head of Polytron Corporation explained his feelings on which platforms his next game would be appearing on.
“PS4 seems to be doing everything right," he wrote, when asked about the console. "It's too early to tell how everything is going to unfold but their heart definitely seems to be in the right place. Which is a weird thing to say when talking about giant monolithic corporation, but there's a handful of people working at Sony today who are really trying to do some good. And whether or not I would develop for it comes down to how the platform holder treats me. With Microsoft they've made it painfully clear they don't want my ilk on their platform. I can't even self-publish there. Whereas on PS4, I can. It's that simple. Microsoft won't let me develop for their console. But Sony will.”
Previous to the above statement being made, he had continued his verbal assault upon the Xbox One, stating that Microsoft is “making a console for itself. Not for gamers. Not for developers. Just for its own, greedy little Orwellian self,” before bluntly making his stance clear on dealing with the Redmond giant again – “I'm not interested.”
While Fez was critically acclaimed upon its release, it ran into controversy when a game update corrupted save files. A fix was ready to be pushed, but Polytron opted not to issue it due to Microsoft’s charges for game updates, something that divided opinion among the community.