Just a quick update today – Contrast will be coming soon to an Xbox One near you!
We’re part of Microsoft’s ID@Xbox program, which is the new program giving independent developers the a chance to battle with Microsoft’s internal approval and certification process (just kidding) and self-publish on the Xbox One. It’s a really interesting opportunity, because we’ll be able to bring a touched up version of Contrast to a bunch of new players. We’re also hoping the indie spirit is enthusiastically embraced by Xbox One players, as it could become a great new way for indies to get their games out to the public.
The first selection of games coming out for ID@Xbox were announced last week, at an event at GDC (in San Francisco). We went along to showcase Contrast running on Xbox One. After attending the event, IGN included Contrast in their list of great upcoming indie Xbox One games to be excited about (along with Guacamelee, one of our favourites from fellow Canadian indies Drinkbox Studios, and a bunch of promising looking new titles). It helped that Contrast is one of the first indie games up and running on the Xbox One, and development is coming along nicely. We don’t have a release date yet, but will announce it as soon as we do.
As always, thanks for the support! It’s great hearing everyone’s stories about what they loved about Contrast. If you want to say hello, feel free to come by our twitter or facebook (links on the right).
We have some pretty cool news to share. Over a million people have downloaded Contrast, which is just a little mind blowing! This is mostly thanks to our fans/players playing on PS4, and we’re really excited about it and super glad that so many people have been able to play.
So, in celebration, we’ve got some pretty big sales on Contrast for the next couple of days:
- 50% off the Xbox 360 version (worldwide)
- Up to 50% off PS3 and PS4 in Europe
- 50% off PS3 and PS4 in the US
The US sales are on for the next three days, Europe for longer. If you’ve been waiting to buy and play, now’s a great time!
P.S. we may have some news about one other platform very soon. Dun dun dun…
Many of you have contacted us about showing videos of or monetizing videos of Contrast. We thought it’d be helpful to set out our official policy, and explain the reasons behind it. I’ve been sending this out to anyone who asks, but I’m putting it out here so that there’s “official word” of our policy, given the recent Youtube (and potentially impending Twitch) debacles.
We think Let’s Plays and other types of videos are a double edged sword for story games. On one hand, you can watch a narrative-driven game on Youtube, and you may not want to buy it – if the story is revealed, why buy/play it? On the other, there are so many positive aspects of LPs and other types of videos, and obviously we think it’s great that it introduces the game to people who haven’t heard of it.
So, we don’t want to control what you put on your channels – we’re enjoying watching the videos, and don’t want to hold you up. However, we want you to add a couple of things to make sure that people don’t have their play experience ruined for them (eg, they just wanted help on solving a puzzle, and didn’t want to have the story spoiled).
Please feel free to take videos of Contrast, stream while you’re playing, or otherwise act how you’d like online with Contrast. Feel free to monetize those videos. However, there are three caveats:
- Please add a “spoiler” tag on your videos, if you’re covering important plot moments.
- Please encourage people to buy and play the game, if you’ve enjoyed playing it
- Please don’t use the Contrast soundtrack/audio as music over the top of videos that aren’t Contrast related – please send us an email if you’d like to do that, and we’ll talk about it.
So, that’s it! For future reference, we’ll also keep it available on the Get in Touch page of this website. Please ask any questions you have in the comments below, and we’ll reply as soon as we can.
P.S. If anyone comes to you claiming a Content ID or other type of match on Contrast content, please let us know right away and we’ll do our best to back you up.