There was a lot of controversy surrounding Xbox One's reveal a few days ago. From vague descriptions of Xbox One's used games policy and the perhaps-exaggerated response to Xbox One's supposedly heavily constrained indie strategy, Microsoft has been getting quite a bit of flak about the unveiling from a significant portion gaming community. However, it may be that some of this criticism is unwarranted, as indie developer James Silva, of Ska Studios, has provided an interesting response to all the ruckus around Xbox One's seemingly regressive indie game-publishing plan. In a blog post on Gamasutra, entitled "We're Indie, we like Microsoft. Too Controversial?" Silva had this to say:
"I wrote this post on our blog a few months ago to express how absolutely weird and unfortunate I thought it was that the trending perception of Microsoft and indies had gotten so bad that silly creative decisions of mine were being taken as Microsoft's ever-burgeoning evilness toward indies, or something. My message was this: we're indie, we make the games we want to make, Microsoft publishes them, and the past five years of this have been great, and it's too bad that that's not super newsworthy, because this whole time it just feels like I must watch, powerless, as Lumbergh keeps taking my red stapler." — James Silva
Over the course of the blog post, Silva also makes a point to be sure he gets across that the meaning of "no self-publishing on Xbox One " is really "that the partner/publisher relationship [between Microsoft and indies] is currently the same [as it was on Xbox 360] but they're exploring ways to improve it."
Perhaps the gaming press as a whole may have jumped the gun a bit too quickly on this one, but what do you think? Has there simply been a misinterpretation on the whole "self-publishing" issue? Or has James Silva just been lucky in his interactions as an indie developer with Microsoft? Sound off in the comments!