Microsoft drops fees for updating Xbox 360 games

Microsoft no longer charges developers for title updates to Xbox 360 Arcade Games. Microsoft's Larry "Major Nelson" Hryb confirmed via Twitter that as of April 2013 the company stopped the fees, which notoriously led the creators of games like Fez and Iron Brigade to eschew updates.

Microsoft originally allowed XBLA developers one title update gratis, but stipulated a $40,000 fee for each recertification after that point. Eurogamer reports that Microsoft reserves the right to charge if a developer excessively resubmits its game. Its anonymous developer sources also say the elimination of fees extends to retail releases as well as XBLA.

Fez creator Phil Fish tweeted that he plans to get in touch with Microsoft to see if the change is retroactive. That could finally bring the original Xbox 360 version in line with the PC edition of Fez, which launched in May.


  • pokepark7 - June 29, 2013 2:53 p.m.

    More hidden fees ..... *sigh*
  • Swedish_Chef - June 28, 2013 11:33 a.m.

    This is good news. Now Microsoft, take the initiative and apply this for the Xbox One as well. Allowing self publishing on the system is also another step that should be taken so as to help stop alienating independent developers from your system and bring you on par with Nintendo and Sony's indie game policy.
  • hedmunky84 - June 28, 2013 5:50 a.m.

    We need more devs like Mr. Fish that will stand up and spill the poop that M$ dumps out. At least Sony has got it right. They support indies and are all about the games and also with a more powerful console. Once again #PS4theWIN.
  • larkan - June 27, 2013 4:25 p.m.

    Microsoft is prepping the end of 360 support, that's all this means. And Fish should be charged double for being a whiny bitch and making an overrated game.
  • raz00157 - June 27, 2013 4:22 p.m.

    After they dropped the drm, which was supposed to help developers, they had to throw them a bone. Microsoft will just charge more for accessories, dlc and other and other Xbox live products to recoup the cost.
  • g1rldraco7 - June 27, 2013 4:10 p.m.

    Less money taken, more money saved. Fees re hidden everywhere, its scary.

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