Submitted by Crazyreyn 616d ago | news

Xbox One: Indie developers "incredibly important" to Microsoft

Indie developers are "incredibly important" to Microsoft and Xbox One, the firm has said.

Discussing whether the publisher has reached out to smaller studios, UK marketing director Harvey Eagle told Digital Spy that it would continue its history of giving developers a platform.

"When I think back a little over our history and I think about Xbox Live Arcade and how that was designed to give independent developers a platform, when I think about Xbox Live Indie Games and hobbyists going and creating their own games, these things are in our DNA, and will absolutely remain unamended for us with regards to the new platform," he said.

"It's a platform built to allow people to develop great content, irrespective of their funding model, irrespective of the size of the team, and irrespective of the difference in which costumers can purchase that content. It's very, very important."

When asked whether Xbox Live Indie Games in particular were returning, Eagle said to "stay tuned" and that there would be "more to share on that in the coming weeks". (Dev, Industry, Microsoft, Xbox One)

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snake_eater  +   616d ago

Independent developers cannot self-publish their own games on Xbox Live Arcade. Instead, they must get a publishing deal--either with Microsoft Game Studios or with a third-party partner. Games published on Xbox Live Indie Games are exempt from that policy, but that marketplace isn't necessary seen as viable.

Limitations imposed by Microsoft have prevented a number of games from ever appearing on Xbox 360. And apparently, Xbox One won't change how Microsoft approaches indie games.

When asked if developers will still need a publisher to get content onto Xbox Live, Matt Booty, general manager of Redmond Game Studios and Platforms, told us that "as of right now, yes. We intend to continue to court developers in the ways that we have."

He did add that "I would also expect that for this new generation, that we're going to continue to explore new business models and new ways of surfacing content. But Microsoft Studios is a publisher that works with a wide range of partners, as do a lot of other people, to bring digital content to the box."

When it comes to self-publishing, Microsoft is the odd man out. Both Sony and Nintendo allow developers to publish their own games onto PlayStation Network and Nintendo Network, respectively. Microsoft's position stands in stark contrast to Sony, which has been aggressively pursuing indie content for PS4.
GribbleGrunger  +   616d ago
Yes, because it's a corporate 'position'.
MurDocINC  +   616d ago
If it's so important why didn't I hear a beep about it during the reveal?!
Zichu  +   616d ago
I replied to the N4G comment section on that article and like I said before, it doesn't mention indie developers having to get publishers to publish their game.

It just says developers in general and the fact that developers STILL need a publisher to get content onto Xbox Live.

Indie Developers can just use XNA and upload their games through there.

Some people jump to conclusions when they see the title of an article, but don't read it properly.
forcefullpower  +   616d ago
XNA no longer exists. The decommissioned it about 2 months ago.
Zichu  +   616d ago
@forcefullpower No, people are still able to use it and upload games to it. MS just aren't updating it anymore, meaning it's not supported by Windows 8, which i think includes Windows 8 phones. This is due to the new Metro interface.

How else are people uploading games to the Indie Marketplace?? They still need to use XNA to do that. If not, what else are they using??
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Zichu  +   616d ago
Are people seriously disagreeing with me over the fact that XNA isn't dead??


Article right there says that MS will still continue to support games developed with XNA on Xbox 360, Windows and Windows Phone, but confirmed that there are "no plans for future versions of the XNA product".

It just means that they aren't updating it, not scrapping it and stopping people from using it to upload games.
joeorc  +   616d ago
yupper's 100%

Root  +   616d ago
I didn't even hear them mention Indie Developers at yesterdays conference...not once

It was like they were non existent
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Minato-Namikaze  +   616d ago
They have no idea what they want their message to be. They are all over they place.
mega31  +   616d ago
There was no mention of games at all lol, E3 is where it will be. MS, they seriously thought no point, they got stupid stuff out of the way left the games where it mattered E3. Would you rather have them showing this tv crap at E3?? or show games? its better to get the tv crap out of the way now and make room for the important things

You are right, they are all over the place, cause everyone wants answers RIGHT NOW, and no one can get them now
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maxgamehard  +   616d ago
I heard TV a lot. This console isn't geared to the gamer. Period. Used Game fee are BS. Mandatory Kinect is BS. Indies can't publish their own games is BS. Microsoft forget the audience that made xbox what it is.
Typical-Guy  +   616d ago
MS was trying to please everyone by not reaching anyone. They're trying to have a share in everything but greed is a disease. It's going to bite you in the anus !
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ApolloTheBoss  +   616d ago
As if M$ gives a crap about indies. Otherwise they would've at least mentioned a few.
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strigoi814  +   616d ago
MS thinks their fans arent smart enough to see whats right and wrong
maxgamehard  +   616d ago
A lot of people will buy the console without knowing the mandatory install, mandatory kinect and used game fees.

I hope the console doesn't succeed so BS like this can stop.
SOULJER  +   616d ago
X-BOX one has more in common with the WiiU. Damn shareholders
kingPoS  +   616d ago
Microsoft claims Indie devs are important...

It's 2013 and self publishing is still an unfamiliar term to aspiring Indie developers on the Xbox platform.

Am I missing something here?

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