When a rare—but utterly game-breaking bug—crippled the indie sensation Fez, its maker said it would issue no patch to fix it. That's because Microsoft would have charged "tens of thousands of dollars" to put out the patch out over Xbox Live. Yesterday, the company revealed it did away with those charges back in April.
Eurogamer first reported the news that developers are no longer being charged for title updates on the Xbox 360, which Microsoft later confirmed over Twitter. If so, that's news to Phil Fish, the head of Fez studio Polytron, whose relationship with Microsoft soured greatly following last year's patch controversy.
Nearly a year ago, Fez published a title update to fix glitches that had popped up in the original release. Developers were given one free patch update over Xbox Live. After that, Microsoft charged for patches. Problem is, this patch broke Fez even worse. Microsoft removed the patch from Xbox Live.