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Joe Danger Bringing Improvements On XBLA

No danger of failure.

Hello Games has announced that their stunt man protagonist will be making his XBLA debut at some point. There’s no solid timing for this but Microsoft Studios are publishing and the XBLA version is going to get a load of extra content over and above what the previously exclusive PSN version has.

There are to be new game modes, characters and environments in what Sean Murray, Hello Games MD, is calling “a much more joyous game”.

This is a strange move, given Microsoft’s well publicised dislike for publishing games that have appeared on other platforms. Joe Danger was held in very high regard when it was released last year so perhaps Microsoft’s rigid publishing rules aren’t so rigid after all. Perhaps they just see this as a much improved – and different – game.

Regardless of the business behind this move, it’s sure to be a good thing for Hello Games, a small studio filled with the nicest people in game development who will hopefully benefit greatly from the extra exposure and larger market XBLA can provide them.

Source: Joystiq

  1. Porcupine_I
    Since: Aug 2009

    i guess Microsoft made sure these improvements will never make it to the PSN version

    Comment posted on 03/11/2011 at 10:18.
    • bacon_nuts
      Since: Mar 2011

      Sadly, you are probably right, but then again, we’re still getting the sequel, with yet more improvements anyway. Yay!

      Comment posted on 03/11/2011 at 15:14.
  2. a inferior race
    I'm special
    Since: Jul 2009

    Ii’m pretty sure ms actually stated that they wouldn’t allow a game with no additional content to appear on xbla. So, if a game has new levels or some sich then ms will okay it.

    Comment posted on 03/11/2011 at 10:23.
    • hazelam
      Since: Feb 2009

      wasn’t there also a stipulation that the game couldn’t have been released on another console for it to be allowed on live?

      anyway, if they have relaxed that it’s good news for 360 owners, and developers like Hello games.

      Comment posted on 03/11/2011 at 11:16.
      • a inferior race
        I'm special
        Since: Jul 2009

        I’m pretty sure MS said that they would not accept the same product at a later date and have no problem with them receiving a game a later date providing it is improved.

        Comment posted on 03/11/2011 at 18:19.
  3. bunimomike
    Since: Jul 2009

    *holds with finger tips* Ewwww! Stinky hand-me-downs. Gross!

    Comment posted on 03/11/2011 at 11:30.
    • The Lone Steven
      Never heard of him.
      Since: May 2010

      Ah, yeah i may have used the game as something to clean up afterwards. ;)

      Comment posted on 03/11/2011 at 11:41.
    • colossalblue
      Team TSA: Editor
      Since: Forever

      haha… just don’t mention Braid, Limbo, etc…

      Comment posted on 03/11/2011 at 15:27.
  4. The Lone Steven
    Never heard of him.
    Since: May 2010

    Hmm, i’m a bit surprised that MS allowed Hello Games to publish Joe Danger on XBLA as they usually tell devs/pubs they won’t be able to release it on XBL if they release it on another platform before Xbox. I wonder if MS has changed their policy or if they are being less strict?

    Anyway, it is good news to both gamers and devs. ;)

    Comment posted on 03/11/2011 at 11:45.

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