About a week ago Eurogamer broke the news regarding Microsoft’s Content Submission and Release Policy. In a nutshell, it was revealed that Microsoft has some very strict policies on what they’re willing to publish on retail discs or on XBLA — if it arrives on a Sony platform first or has more content on a Sony platform, Microsoft won’t publish it. Well, in a recent discussion with Industry Gamers, SCEA’s SVP of Publisher Relations Rob Dyer fired back at Microsoft, in a big way. See a little of what he had to say below.
“I think what [Xbox Europe boss] Chris Lewis was referring to was something that we’ve known about for quite some time, that we’ve been dealing with, and trying to deal with – in the spirit of competition, more than anything, we look for ways to give our consumer reason to have the PS3. I think what Chris and the other representatives at Microsoft are doing is protecting an inferior technology. I think they want to dumb it down and keep it as pedestrian as possible so that if you want to do anything for Blu-ray or you have extra content above 9 gigs or you want to do anything of that nature, you’d better sure as heck remember that Microsoft can’t handle that,” Dyer began with his all-out attack.
“And that’s a huge problem with them. It first started on the smaller pubs, and we can talk about what’s happened on XBL and the policy they have there that requires publishers to have a whole litany of things in order to get onto their network or they have to go through and be published by Xbox, by Microsoft, which essentially lets them dictate how long they’ll be exclusive and whether or not they own the IP, etc, etc. They – for instance, if you want to be able to do something on XBL, you need to have an office, there’s all kinds of restrictions. We don’t do that. We don’t have any kind of policy like that.”
Read the entire article over at IndustryGamers