Lanning: Xbox One team should be fired over indie stance
According to Oddworld Inhabitant’s boss, Microsoft should cut its Xbox One team and start again. Lanning was always repellant towards Microsoft’s indie policy, and the fact that the company still hasn’t allowed indies to self publish on the console. Lanning recently sat down with VG247, and discussed how Microsoft had been making the same mistakes for years now.
“I’ve watched them make this mistake before,” Oddworld boss Lorne Lanning told VG247 in LA last month. “I’ll give you a true story. When they were launching the first Xbox – and we were a launch title on that – it was an exciting time as well. We did a European tour before Xbox released, and I was with Peter Molyneux and other designers of note, and we met with the press in Germany and France. We could not talk about the games. The press were so irate about the price point, about the way they were handling the euro in different territories, and we couldn’t talk about the games. We couldn’t get in that discussion, and they wanted to hammer on Microsoft.
“We get back to the States and we were like, ‘You’ve got a big problem. You’re sinking, tanking in Europe.’ ‘No, no, no, no. You don’t understand. We’ve got our numbers covered.’ We could not get them to avoid the train wreck that was right in front of them. You know what this feels like? Déjà vu.” You can check out the rest of the interview after the break.