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Super Meat Boy Devs Left "Very Confused" By Microsoft

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So you know how every couple of months Microsoft squishes together a bunch of XBLA games and releases them as part of some fabricated theme event? Fun for shoppers! Not so much for the developers. At least that's what Edmund McMillen and Tommy Refenes, the developers of Super Meat Boy, told Game Developer Magazine. Wanting to get the game out in time for the Game Feast promotion last fall, Team Meat worked themselves into a frenzy to get things done, only to be told by Microsoft that things didn't look so rosy for their game.

We were told our price was too high, our visuals too rough and simply not as eye catching and flashy as the other Game Feast games Comic Jumper and Hydrophobia. Our hearts sank when we were informed that we were projected to sell as much if not less than Hydrophobia, which would be the second-highest grossing game of the Feast in their minds.

As a a result, the creators felt "very confused and taken advantage of" by Microsoft, and say that "the biggest mistake we made during SMB's development was killing ourselves to get into a promotion we would gain basically nothing from." The game ultimately came out with a $5 discount for early buyers, but gathered far more attention from the press and gamers than the other feast titles based on the gameplay. It was eventually released on PC via Steam, where the two say they feel much more comfortable.

To be honest, it's not much of a shock that two guys working on a very weird game had trouble connecting with the company that pretty much defined monolithic corporate culture. Despite Microsoft's attempts to indie-fy the Xbox the last few years, it's still got a long way to go by most measures. Still, I think it's probably a good thing that the two eventually got the game up on the service, and into the hands of gamers who'd normally not touch a PC for anything other than Facebook or porn.

Super Meat Boy Creators Went Through Hell To Get Their Game Done, Felt 'Taken Advantage Of' By Microsoft [Kotaku]

5 Comments

glippy said:

Long live the PC.

It's the real free market of gaming. - No corporate censors, no license fees, no dev kits to buy. Anyone with an old pc laying around can create whatever they like and their only limits are their own skills and imaginations.

ArronC said:

I'm sorry but their complaining is kind of pissing me off. This is the second article I have seen about their comments and I get angrier every time I see them.

I bought their game on the day it launched because of Microsoft's promotion. And the price is perfect. I love the game but I don't like people biting the hand that feeds them.

They should thank Microsoft for the opportunity to get their game out to such a huge amount of people, and maybe next time they shouldn't commit to a release date they can't make.

Edmund said:

1st i wanna thank gaygamer for not spinning the title headline as "Team Meat feels taken advantage of by MS" i knew the press would spin our postmortem towards the negative but most really did make us look like complainers. so thanks again for not starting the article out with that.

@arron 1st keep in mind this is the same article you read before, its a synopsis of our postmortem, sadly a lot of the press has simply sensationalized one aspect of development and it has made us look like unappreciative assholes, and thats not the case.

I hope gaygamer will post about the fill postmortem when its out on gamasutra soon, and please feel free to contact us if you guys ever wanna do an interview, maybe clear some of this up :)

-Edmund

Journalism at it's "best"

ArronC said:

@Edmund I appreciate the response to my comment and I totally understand news spin and misrepresentation. Guess who feels like a d-bag now? This guy. Sorry I was harsh.

P.S. SMB is amazing. Crazy hard but amazing.

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