Game publishers remaining quiet on used game policies for Xbox One

Microsoft publicly gave its opinion of used games—it’s another story for game publishers.
Andrew Cunningham

Microsoft is taking a lot of heat for implementing an online check-in system that will allow publishers to explicitly block the resale of used game discs on the Xbox One. But it’s the publishers themselves that will have to decide whether or not to take advantage of the ability Microsoft has given them. So far at least, no publisher has been willing to go on the record definitively stating that they are for or against the existence of second-hand game discs on Microsoft’s next system.

This might be because these publishers were seemingly caught flat-footed when Microsoft announced its policy a couple of week ago. “We have not received anything from Microsoft until today on this one,” CD Project Red co-founder and Joint CEO Marcin Iwiński told Eurogamer just after Microsoft’s licensing policy was announced. “Before we form any definite opinions here, we would like to have this process explained in details by the platform holder.”

(Later, Iwiński defended CD Project Red’s decision to release on Microsoft platforms despite the system’s online check-ins. “We couldn’t simply not release The Witcher 3 on Xbox One. We want to make sure that every single player will have access to our game…”)

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