Xbox One's first sub-$10 game launching this week

Nutjitsu coming to Xbox One Thursday, May 8 for $6.49.

The Xbox One's first sub-$10 game, puzzle game Nutjitsu, will be available this Thursday, independent developer NinjaBee (A World of Keflings) told GameSpot this afternoon.

The game launches May 8 for $6.49. It is also the second game ever from Microsoft's new indie publishing program, ID@Xbox, to be released, following last month's Strike Suit Zero.

Nutjitsu was originally released last year on PC as a free (but ad-supported) game for Windows 8. So why is the Xbox One version not free?

"The Windows 8 version allows users to purchase the 'acoins' currency used to buy upgrades and consumables. We were experimenting with a free-to-play model. We didn't like what it did to game balance and the user experience so much, so we decided to can the F2P approach, and allow users to get ALL the content with the base game purchase," a company respresentative told GameSpot today. "It just ended up making more sense to monetize the old fashion way than trying our hand at F2P on the console."

In the top-down, arcade-style game, you play as a squirrel who is out to retrieve stolen (and sacred) acorns from enemy foxes.

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Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

"We decided to can the F2P approach" so much win in a single sentence.

Ahiru-San
Ahiru-San

def getting this… loved Ninjabee's games, and especially loving this old-fashioned way to sell games, aka non-F2P model...

immortality20
immortality20

Cheap game, might have to give it a shot. Just finished Max and the Curse of Brotherhood and loved that one, so I'm ready for another digital game.

catsimboy
catsimboy

"We didn't like what it did to game balance and the user experience so much, so we decided to can the F2P approach" Forget the game, I'd pay the Ninjabee representative to go around to all the devs who defend free to play and tell them THAT!

Pyrosa
Pyrosa

Simplified answer: "Because P2W SUCKS."   I'll be buying it -- I played all of NinjaBee's excellent 360 games (Cloning Clyde was my fav), so this is likely worth a few bucks and a few hours.  Plus, I want to support their correct decision to abandon ad-supported F2P/P2W.

OMGUPOS
OMGUPOS

@Pyrosa 100% agree, I'm going to buy this, just because I'm not a fan of the F2P/P2W ad-supported crap either. Besides at $6.50, that's a small investment to make for game.

allyouneedisluv
allyouneedisluv

It would be cool if it came free with xbox live gold subscribtion. 

BruceWayneJr
BruceWayneJr

"So why is the Xbox One version not free?"

Because XBox charges for everything.

hina_ken
hina_ken

@BruceWayneJr  If it went to the PS4, it would DEFINITELY stay F2P so they could milk you the whole time, as they have been pushing that model since the beginning.  Enjoy!

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

So if the F2P model broke the game on Windows 8 and it's now fixed for Xbox One, then it seems fare that the Windows 8 version get an update. Even if that update essentially kills the game until $6 is paid. Or just release another version on the store for $6 that's modeled after the Xbox One version.

I have no interest in this game.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

Lol yeah my bad. Won't even blame it on auto correct :)

pharoe777
pharoe777

Conker's bad fur day HD remake please !

DrKill09
DrKill09

@pharoe777  They pretty much already did that in 04, and it was mediocre.

spacecadet25
spacecadet25

O.k., so where's the first cool sub $10 game?

aquoon_0nly
aquoon_0nly

cute squirrel, does he have grenades?

KamuiFei
KamuiFei

Try as it might, Nutjitsu won't get GotY. That honor goes to Goat Simulator. 

eternaldragoonx
eternaldragoonx

"We were experimenting with a free-to-play model. We didn't like what it did to game balance and the user experience so much, so we decided to can the F2P approach, and allow users to get ALL the content with the base game purchase," 

Because of this comment I will buy this game.

bunchanumbers
bunchanumbers

If I didn't see an adorable ninja squirrel in the picture I would have assumed this game was about groin kicks.