Stranger's Wrath HD studio has 'given up' on Microsoft

But doesn't rule out an Xbox 360 release...

Stranger's Wrath HD developer Just Add Water is in talks with two third-party publishers to release the Xbox 360 version of the game, it has revealed.

Studio Stewart Gilray has clarified comments suggesting the Xbox 360 release has been outright shelved.


"What I said was that we'd given up on Microsoft, not that we'd given up on 360," he told VG247. "What I meant was that we'd given up on Microsoft doing anything with it."

According to Gilray Microsoft originally approached the studio to pitch an Xbox 360 release, but later distanced itself from the project.

"Just before Christmas, they came back and said that they didn't want it because it'd already been on a Microsoft platform. We said, 'Hang on a minute. We didn't come to you. You approached us.' They said, 'Yeah, but politics here says that we don't want it on XBLA.'"

Oddworld Inhabitants boss Lorne Lanning arranged for a digital release through Games on Demands, but Microsoft cited unmet retail sales criteria, followed by unsatisfactory Metacritic scores as preventing this.

Eventually Gilray told Microsoft he would "go elsewhere," which has led to discussions with alternative publishers.

"We said, 'We've been talking to you for over 15 months, now,'" Gilray explained. "'We haven't stalled. You've been stalling us. If you'd had come to us six months ago and said fine, we would have held back the PS3 version until the 360 version was ready.'"

Oddworld: Stranger's Wrath and Munch's Oddysee for PS Vita is being targeting for a June release.