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.