In an exclusive interview with X3F since Microsoft announced XBLA delisting
, Load Inc. business developer Denis Bourdain told us the Mad Tracks
dev team heard about the new initiative the same way we all did -- through the press.
"It was news to us, but doesn't make a lot of difference," Bourdain told X3F as the team finishes their new Xbox Live Arcade
title, Things on Wheels.Mad Tracks
, an arcade party car title, received mixed reviews when it was released in May '07 netting it just under the 65% Metacritic rating minimum for delisting, putting its availability on the XBLA platform in jeopardy.
"Our conversion rate is much higher than 6%, but Microsoft remains the only one calling the shots." Bourdain said. "Prior to making XBLA games, we were making retail PC titles. You get taken down without notice after 6 months in most stores ... [after almost a year] We feel already privileged to have lasted this long."
The full interview will be online later this afternoon.