South African gamers keen to play the locally-made smash-hit BroForce with an Xbox controller are going to have to buy it on Steam and hook their controllers up to their PCs, because it’s not coming to the Xbox One, says Gaming Bolt.
That’s because it’s going to the PlayStation 4 first, and Microsoft’s [email protected] division apparently won’t publish Indie games that don’t launch on Xbox first.
That particular rule is called Microsoft’s “parity clause”, and is what prevents them from publishing it on the Xbox One even though [email protected]’s director Chris Charla said he’d like to see the game on Microsoft’s latest console.
Gaming Bolt argued in their article that Microsoft should really reconsider the “parity clause” as it has pushed several Indie developers to release their games on the PlayStation and not Microsoft’s consoles.
Where it gets a little confusing is that some exceptions have been made: horror game Outlast, for example, appeared on the PlayStation before the Xbox One, so clearly Microsoft doesn’t play hard and fast with the rule.
But don’t feel sorry for Free Lives, the game’s developers; they told Gaming Bolt last week that “Sony reached out to us with a deal we couldn’t reasonably refuse”, so they’re still going to be making plenty of cash from their side-scrolling shoot-’em-up. It just won’t be Microsoft cash.