Is Microsoft allowing indies to self publish?

Gamereactor have learned that Microsoft appear to be changing up their publishing policies to allow independent developers to publish on their platform according to information received from an unnamed developer.

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Ksar1749d ago

"The developer also mentioned that there were discussion about cutting the cost of SDK (devkits) for select indie developers. Currently the daunting $10,000 price tag is a barrier to entry."

Great idea, Microsoft.

xHeavYx1749d ago

Great idea? All M$ has been doing is reverse their monopolistic policies. They try to mess around with everyone so that they can get every single penny for themselves. Then things don't go their way, and using the excuse that they "listen" to their consumers, they reverse their policies

Concertoine1749d ago

So reversing these bad policies is NOT a good thing? They shouldve kept their terrible indie policies? Im not a big fan of MS but id rather embrace change for the better then complain about it.

xHeavYx1749d ago

They shouldn't have tried to screw everyone over from the beginning. What makes you think they won't "turn on" DRM back in a couple years? What else will they come with to try to make more money?

Blaze9291748d ago

@xHeavYx lol we can clearly see, where you're headed with all this.

No_Limit1748d ago (Edited 1748d ago )

"What else will they come with to try to make more money? "

Just like Sony requires payment from customers to play online; online pass in TLOU, and selling buildings to make a few bucks. All companies will try to come up with new ways to make money, where have you been all this time?

xHeavYx1748d ago

You can use Netflix and other apps without having to pay for PS+, you still need to have Gold to use Netflix on Xbox.
"Online pass for TLOU" do you mean the $20 pass that saves you 30% compared to buying the DLC separately? Lame attempt, please try again.
I'm not saying companies don't try to make money. I'm saying that MS tried to screw people over to make money and it backfired

ZodTheRipper1748d ago

Come release, they reverted every policy to be even with Sony. They wanted to be like Apple and just execute their vision hoping people would buy their crap blindly ...this is beyond ridiculous.

No_Limit1748d ago (Edited 1748d ago )

""Online pass for TLOU" do you mean the $20 pass that saves you 30% compared to buying the DLC separately? Lame attempt, please try again."

LOL, you clearly is trying to avoid answering about the online pass or you never bought the game to realize that an online pass is required to play online.

Class in session for gaming rookies:
Season pass =/= online pass. The online pass is on the back cover of the game manual in the TLOU.

ONLINE PASS - let u play online multiplayer
SEASAON PASS - Give's u dlc that will be coming soon.

Oh, and you still haven't my question about those building sales. ;)

xHeavYx1748d ago

My bad on the passes, but I don't see how selling buildings hurt Sony fans with monopoly-like policies

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KwietStorm1748d ago

"Select" indie developers. Baby steps?

miDnIghtEr20C_SfF1749d ago

I don't spend 400/500 bucks for Indies.

JBSleek1749d ago

Very true but it does compliment the purchase.

NatureOfLogic1748d ago

@ miDnIghtEr20C_SfF

For 400/500 I expect more gaming options on my console. That would include Indie games. Your comment would actually make sense if consoles were primarily indie. With PS4 and PC, you get all of those blockbuster AAA game plus more(indie games). So you're basically saying that you "don't spend 400/500 bucks" for more, which is stupid.

miDnIghtEr20C_SfF1748d ago

Uhmm.. Ok, I guess you could use that with the X1 and Kinect as well. It's just extras.

But ya... indie games are a dime a dozen when it comes to being good. it's nice to have 1 great one a year, but let's not kid ourselves. indie game after indie game coming out does not light up the ratings charts.

KwietStorm1748d ago

Neither do I. I spend it for games. And Indies are games too, plenty of them better than the $60 ones.

JBSleek1749d ago

Maybe a Gamescon announcement?

Wizziokid1749d ago

I don't see why they have to hold off to announce this change, if it's true, it has nothing to do with gamers this affects the indie developers more so.

If they waste time on it at a game event It's pretty stupid on their part. A press release will do the job and then they need to build bridges with the indie developers to prove they have changed.

JBSleek1749d ago

It is a waste of time an hour conference to say indies can now self publish?

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Belking1749d ago

This is bad news for N4g.

WeAreLegion1749d ago

No. It would be good news for N4G. More indie titles on both systems = more articles. I hope MS allows self-publishing.

XabiDaChosenOne1748d ago (Edited 1748d ago )

More like good news, now we don't have to see stock home syndrome induced fanboys like your self consistenly damage controlling for Microsofts inane decisions.

Belking1748d ago

Yea, you just proved my post The haters will always show their true colors. They just can't help

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