Microsoft’s Xbox One, by all accounts, isn’t the most indie-friendly platform. Indie developers are unable to self publish their games on the platform in the way that they can on Steam, Nintendo platforms or even Sony’s PlayStation 4, which seems to have quite a bit of an indie push. The new Xbox won’t make any distinction between AAA titles, Indie games and Xbox Live Arcade titles – with them all being lumped under a general “games” category. That, however, doesn’t mean there won’t be any indie support.
Microsoft’s head of interactive entertainment, Don Mattrick has said that the platform will allow for indie games under and “independent creator program,” adding that there’s “no way” they’d leave smaller developers in the dark.
“We’re going to have an independent creator program,” he told Kotaku. “We’re going to sponsor it. We’re going to give people tools. That is something we think—I think—is important. That’s how I started in the industry. There’s no way we’re going to build a box that doesn’t support that.”
Mattrick says that Microsoft is planning to supply “more information” on indie support in the future. I think E3 is a safe bet.
Last Updated: May 29, 2013