That’s what vice-president of publishing Meridith Braun has told OXM. The Digital Extremes boss has said that the company “would love to see” the upcoming free-to-play Warframe on Xbox One.
“The ball is in Microsoft’s court with regards to allowing titles on their system that come from an independent developer and not an established publisher,” Braun said. Currently, Microsoft requires developers to team up with a publisher or work with Microsoft Studios in order to release games on Xbox Live marketplace.
This policy means that developers end up making less than they would if another publisher wasn’t involved, but Microsoft says that this policy is necessary to ensure high quality. “Simply opening doors and saying that any form of content can show up on the Xbox? I don’t know we’re comfortable with that,” said Microsoft’s Phil Spencer earlier this year.
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