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Developer Just Add Water says it will take a "miracle" to get its upcoming downloadable game, Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath, onto the Xbox 360 because of Microsoft's limiting download cap.
It's a one-two punch to the studio's gut. Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath was originally released on the Xbox, but it's not backward compatible with the 360. So Just Add Water decided to remake it, and bring it to not only the 360 but also the PS3 and PC.
For the latter systems, it's no problem, but the 360 isn't having it.
"Currently the title weighs in at 2.1GB and that is without any updates, so either we have to pull a miracle out of the bag with some type of amazing compression system, or ask Microsoft to increase their 2GB limit. However this limit is apparently hardware-led, so please let us try and make a miracle happen," wrote the development team on its blog.
The PS3, on the other hand, has no practical file size limit. That's been the case from day one. A handful of full-size Blu-ray Disc games, like Warhawk and Burnout Paradise, have been made available as downloadable PS3 titles.
When the Xbox 360 first launched, it had a downloadable game limit of 100 MB, which is laughable by today's standards. It officially upped the capacity to 2 GB last year, but said it would be impossible for any game to go beyond that. Yet the device's hard drive continues to expand - current Xbox 360s come with up to 250 GB of storage.
But the developer stresses that it still considers the game a "multi-platform" release and will continue to work with Microsoft. It looks like either game simply won't be possible on Xbox 360, or it'll have to be reworked and have some content cut out.
Just Add Water's blog post made sure to confirm, "The final decision is NOT ours."
Sep 29, 2010
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