Indie Game Skips Xbox Launch To See 'If The Demand Is Strong Enough'

Update: Well, we didn't expect to be giving you an update this quickly! Just a day after announcing that Inspector Gadget - Mad Time Party would be coming to Xbox "if the demand is strong enough", publisher Microids has decided that the demand is indeed strong enough, and therefore an Xbox version will be available in digital form. Crazy!

Here's what the team had to say on Twitter:

Original story: Indie publisher Microids brings lots of its titles to Xbox platforms, with the majority of its games arriving as full multi-platform releases these days. However, one game currently under the team's wing isn't coming to Xbox as of now, and the response from the publisher is causing a bit of a stir on social media.

The title in question is Smart Tales Games' Inspector Gadget - Mad Time Party, which is currently planned to launch on PlayStation and PC platforms. When asked why that was the case, Microids hinted that there isn't enough demand for the game to launch on Xbox right now.

"If the demand is strong enough we will consider the possibility of offering the title on Xbox."

Windows Central's Jez Corden has commented on the revelation, worrying that teams are sometimes deeming Xbox too small of a platform to launch their games on, while The Verge's Tom Warren is likening the situation to Windows Phone apps back in the day.

We do think these reactions are perhaps a little hyperbolic (it is social media after all), but it is disappointing to see any game skip Xbox - especially when it seems that no sort of exclusivity deal is in place and it's merely a dev decision to wait and see about an Xbox launch.

Microids has recently announced plenty of titles for Xbox so for now, this Inspector Gadget game does look like an outlier in their lineup. We just hope this sort of thing doesn't become a trend for Xbox going forward.

What do you make of this whole situation? Are folks overreacting here? Let us know what you think.