Oddworld co-creator Lorne Lanning has explained why his ‘New ‘N Tasty’ remake of Abe’s Oddysee will be exclusive to the PS4, and why it won’t be coming to the Xbox One and 360. His biggest concerns is still Microsoft’s disallowance of self published indie games on their platform.
This is the biggest reason why not only him, but a lot of other indie devs decided to skip development on the Xbox One and 360. In an interview with Eurogamer, Lanning suggested that Microsoft only is attracted to the big multi-million dollar indie devs, and that they don’t find smaller indie developers all that appealing.
“For Xbox One they’ve granted us a license for New ‘n’ Tasty! but they still say you need a publisher,” Lanning explained. “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?
Lanning concluded, “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.” I guess that’s why Just Add Water has stuck with Playstation over the past few years.