Epic forced to charge

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In the April issue of Game Informer there was an article titled “The Content Microsoft Doesn’t Want You to Have”. The half-page article talks about how companies want to give out free Download Content, but Microsoft forces them to charge. For content that is for sale over the marketplace, Microsoft also gets final word on the price also. Their reason is to maintain a balance between other content of similar value. Xbox 360 product manager, Aaron Greenberg, denies that they have all-mighty control and states “It’s ultimately up to the publishers”. Further proof on a 1up podcast, Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney mentions that they are being forced to charge for the new maps.

We already released two (maps) and we have four more maps that we’ve built. We’ve been wanting to give them but actually Microsoft has been pushing back on us. They’re trying to build this business model around selling additional content for games and that’s a valid idea, but we would definitely like to release more stuff for free, and we haven’t been able to do so yet.

[via 1pstart]
– Jerome “the360loop” Francisco –

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