Rock, Paper, Shotgun relates what they call "The Sorry Saga Of Skulls Of The Shogun & Windows 8," which follows up on recent news that a new Skulls of the Shogun: Bone-A-Fide Edition is coming to offer a version of 17-bit Studios' turn-based strategy game for systems other than Windows 8. As one can imagine, the decision to make the game a Windows 8 exclusive was not organic, as Microsoft paid to exclude other Windows systems from the game to promote their new OS, and the RPS story surprisingly alleges the deep-pocketed publisher failed to live up to its financial commitments on a timely basis which forced the game's developers to spend personal capital and take out a loan to continue development. They hear from developer Borut Pfeifer, who draws a distinction between Microsoft as a whole and game publisher Microsoft Studios, which he savages: "They came across as though they were institutionally incompetent. I think they’re not really set up to be a decent publisher. I do feel slightly bad saying that, because there were people there who worked hard on our behalf, but at the same time there are systemic problems with the way that division is setup and run." He also offers insights into why Windows 8 for desktops has been a disaster and the Surface is treading water, which has made their admitted "deal with the devil" turn out like, well, it sounds. After the history lesson they look ahead to the game's release on Steam, talking about all the additions it will contain compared with the original Windows 8 version. The article says the Steam release is this week, but Steam currently says July. Thanks Verno.
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