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Post by Eorl @ 09:25am 28/06/13 | 7 Comments
Microsoft has announced the removal of developer fees for those looking to patch their title on the Xbox 360, something that has previously cause a stir among the developing community with titles like Phil Fish's Fez or Valve's Team Fortress 2 opting to not patch their game due to the fees.

According to reports from multiple development sources, Eurogamer has revealed the breaking news that Microsoft had quietly made the policy change earlier this year after "charging developers tens of thousands of dollars to patch their games."
Microsoft has always charged a fee when developers first submit their games to Microsoft's certification process so they can be approved for release, and the company normally grants developers one title update free of charge. This remains the case, but sources have told Eurogamer that subsequent re-certification as a result of a title update is now free. This applies to Xbox Live Arcade games and full retail games.
There is one caveat though, that if a developer is deemed to be making an excessive number of re-submissions due to an update failing certification, for example, Microsoft reserves the right to issue a charge.

Microsoft first introduced the paid-for patching system to ensure that when a title was released on the Xbox 360 system it was as top notch as possible, ensuring quality was kept in check.

One thing is for sure, many eyes have now turned to Microsoft's upcoming next-gen console, due in November for $599, in hopes that it will offer a more open system compared to the Xbox 360.



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Mass
Posted 09:30am 28/6/13
Bet the devs are still going to charge for DLC on the 360, ..... they know idiots will pay for a couple of new maps and a skin.
WetWired
Posted 09:41am 28/6/13
mass don't confuse the developers with the publishers.
paveway
Posted 09:48am 28/6/13
And don't confuse patches with dlc

I don't know about xbox but pretty much every ps3 game i have has a least 1 but usually multiple patches of some sort a some point that come automatically
Jboy
Posted 09:48am 28/6/13
Well DLC is sold everywhere not just the 360. This move will surely open the way to indie devs porting their games to 360. First they remove the stupid DRM from XBone now they remove the fees for 360 patches, one can tell they're really trying to save their donkey butts here.

At least they're trying to improve, I'll give them that.
greazy
Posted 10:13am 28/6/13
Did this system actually work? I remember updating Ninja Gaiden accidentally and the update stuffed up my brothers game.
deadlyf
Posted 10:19am 28/6/13
This could open the door for f2p games, that's a market that consoles haven't seemed to have touched at all yet.
Mass
Posted 10:35am 28/6/13
They've only released the devs from the patch fee, still going to cost a bundle to release a game on the console. I don't think I have ever bought a map for a PC game......closest I've come to it would be buying an addon (like SC2 Heart of the Swarm) but thats a pretty f*****g cool addon.
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