The forthcoming high-definition remakes of Oddworld: Abe’s Oddysee—called Oddworld: New’n’Tasty, is going to be on just about every platform around. Except, that is, Microsoft’s Xbox 360 and Xbox One. That’s because the game is self-published, and Microsoft ain’t into that.
According to a post on Eurogamer, the head of developer Oddworld Inhabitants, Lorne Lanning, explained the situation:
“For Xbox One they’ve granted us a license for New ‘n’ Tasty but they still say you need a publisher. We don’t have a publisher so we’re not officially on the platform, even though we’re compatible, even though we’ll be ready to do it. Period.
Why do we need a publisher when we self-finance our games, we build our own IP, we manage our own IP and we’ve turned nearly two million units online as indie publishers sold – not free downloads? Why? What’s wrong with us?”
While Lanning and Oddworld may miss out on lots of potential sales by not appearing on the Xbox platform, it’s not like it’ll be hard to find the remake. Gamers will have the chance to grab it on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, PC, Mac, and even Linux. But because Microsoft won’t allow self-published games to appear on its marketplace, Xbox owners are S.O.L. Especially because Lanning seems to be sticking to his guns about not needing or wanting a publisher.
“I’ve had people tell me, ‘dude, just go up there, you’re losing millions of dollars.’ You know what? Oddworld wasn’t built on selling out.”