Oddworld Inhabitants founder Lorne Lanning says that Microsoft's Xbox One approach to indies ignores the little guys. Lanning's studio is responsible for the popular Oddworld series of games including Oddworld: Abe's Oddysee, Oddworld: Abe's Exoddus, Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee, Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath, and more.
"At the business level, Microsoft isn't acknowledging people like us. It's as if we don't matter," Lanning told VG247. "We're not on the radar. We're little guys. It doesn't seem like any of the little guys are on the radar. When we listen to them talk, we have to laugh. It's pure rhetoric."
Lanning remembers when Microsoft cared about developers of all sizes. He talked about his experience when the first Xbox launched and revealed that he, Peter Molyneux and other game designers had been banned from talking about their games. He also heaped praise on Sony for its "really smart and prophetic" handling of indie games for the PlayStation 4.
"Someone's going to be burning the next hundred million dollar properties here, and it might be the least likely guy that was on that stage at the Sony conference. But that's where it's going to come from, and the smart people know that. I don't see any indication of that foresight up in Redmond. They do not seem to be listening to their audience."
Lanning went on to say that Microsoft should consider firing some members of the Xbox One team that came up with this policy that seems to be anti-indie game.
"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 publicize that."