Oddworld creator Lorne Lanning believes that Microsoft's lack of indie support should probably lead to a mass firing in the Xbox One's campaign team.
"Quite frankly, out of Washington, we see a pretty good understanding of who makes really expensive great games, but beyond that there’s not really any insight into how people get there from nothing," Lanning told VG247 during a conversation about Microsoft's complete silence on indie self-publishing and independent development support.
“It’s a bit puzzling. It’s clear they’re not listening. I’m not sure who they’re listening to. Whoever their PR people are, whoever their marketing agents are, they should fire them all. That’s where they should start. There should be a big, mass firing and they should publicise that. Then they’d get people saying, ‘Hey, maybe there’s going to be a good change.’ But if they keep the rhetoric flowing, obviously everyone’s looking at it saying, ‘This isn’t real.’ How are they going to keep what they’ve got today? That’s a big question.”
Elsewhere in the interview, Lanning suggests that Microsoft is currently ignoring smaller studios. "It’s as if we don’t matter," he said, which is bizarre since Munch's Oddysee was an original Xbox exclusive.
At the risk of sounding somewhat contrarian, Xbox One's reveal campaign has been confused and rather weak thus far. Perhaps some fresh blood is required on the run-up to launch, or at least a fresh perspective.