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Xbox boss Phil Spencer confirms that the developer parity clause is no more

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer has confirmed that the parity clause which saw indie developers having to release games on Xbox before or at the same time as launches on all other consoles, is no more.

Speaking to Edge magazine, Spencer confirmed that the parity clause is no more.

“We’ve come out and been very transparent in the last four or five months about exactly what we want. If there’s a developer who’s building a game and they just can’t get the game done for both platforms - cool. We’ll take a staggered release. We’ve done it before, and we’ll work with them on that.

“If another platform does a deal with you as a developer to build an exclusive version of your game for them, and you can’t ship on my platform for a year, when the game comes out in a year let’s just work together to make it special in some way.

“People complained about that, but you did a deal with somebody else and you got paid for it and I’m happy – we do those same deals, so I’m not knocking you. It’s going to be better for you, actually, because people don’t want last year’s game, they want something special and new.”

Edited On 29 Jul, 2015

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Triforce Protector's avatar
Triforce Protector 1 year ago
translation: indie developers have spoken and were getting our backside handed to us by sony.
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PrometheusFan 1 year ago
Er... that doesn't sound like it's gone at all based on those quotes. It just sounds like he's trying to downplay how harmful it is to indie developers. Spencer is a master of PR speak that makes you think he's saying something when he really isn't.

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