First Xbox One indie games arriving early next year

Initial wave of titles published through ID@Xbox program expected in the first three months of 2014.

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The first wave of Xbox One games available through Microsoft's ID@Xbox self-publishing program will be available sometime in the first quarter of 2014, director Chris Charla told Edge in a new interview.

“I think it will be early in the New Year, in the first three months,” Charla said. “I would say closer to the third month. In terms of how many games there will be, it’s hard to say, because they’re still in development.”

Xbox One games to be published through the ID@Xbox program are at "all stages of development," Charla said. “Some developers started developing for Xbox One, others already had games in development and are working on Xbox One versions," he said.

None of these projects were named outright, though Microsoft previously released a list of 50 developers signed up to create Xbox One games through the ID@Xbox program.

Charla also dodged a question about the ID@Xbox's controversial clause that reportedly requires developers to launch their games at the same time as other platforms. This policy is not being discussed publicly, and he said developers should reach out to Microsoft if they have questions.

“Unfortunately we really don’t comment on our publishing policies,” Charla said. “Obviously we’ve heard the feedback from developers and we’re looking at all the way the ways we can to lower barriers for developers, but I really can’t comment on publishing policies. The reality is that developers should get in touch with us and talk."

Microsoft previously described independent games as "crucial" to the future of gaming overall.

Discussion

48 comments
Fabian85
Fabian85

Indies are the source of new content in the industry since AAAips never take any chances because they are so afraid to lose the fanbase and profitability.

Richardthe3rd
Richardthe3rd

Indie games are important whether you think they're shit or not. They're a sign that there are channels for developers to get their ideas and games to market without help from giant publishers, who do nothing but inflate budgets and force design homogenization on projects.

Unless all you ever play are CoD rehashes and derivative FPSes you should be damn glad about this, especially if you like genre variation. Even if it is through the evil empire that is XBONE.

instigator81
instigator81

Indies get more praise than they deserve.  Example: The Walking Dead.

TylerDurden83
TylerDurden83

Sony: we <3 indies


Microsoft: we do too! See? See?

thisBlueDude
thisBlueDude

Thats cool I guess. I've been wanting to check out indie games for awhile. It turns out that I really miss 2D platforming. Let's hope indie is worth the hype.

carolino
carolino

and so it begins:

 indietransactions

pszone
pszone

Talking about bad time . PS4 got Indie game already  RocoGun ;]

Saidrex
Saidrex

only 60$ + microtransactions

obsequies
obsequies

they can't even do that now?

electroban
electroban

ID@Xbox is a corporate scheme to force devs to release on Xbox One first, and if you don't release on Xbox first?  Then fuck off.  


That's literally MS message.  Go suck some more Microsoft dik please folks.  Don't sit there crying about what's wrong with the industry when you're buying this bullshit hook line and sinker.

uncha1n3d
uncha1n3d

I think indie games are cool I just wouldnt ever go looking for them. If they boast achievements, get solid ratings and have a large fan base I'd usually check them out

themc_7
themc_7

as someone who never plays XBL arcade games or indie games....meh.

Snakepond1
Snakepond1

Not a fan of the indie seen, but Super Time Force looks cool. 

walmonger
walmonger

It must take 4 months for developers to port PS4 indie games to the Xbox1.

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

They will only saturate the marketplace like a plague of locusts.

Naylord
Naylord

I really want super time force on steam. Looks pretty fun but I'm obviously not buying an xbox for it

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

Damn, these indie games look incredible and the best part is that they're on PC and all consoles.  Love the fact that each console has their own exclusive indie games. Every time I see a new indie game trailer, it reminds me of how great the SNES/Genesis Era was with all the freedom and creativity.


Nothin' like a Highly-replayable, retro-styled, indie game to brighten your day.  Further proof that graphics and cinematic stories aren't everything.


Sevenizz
Sevenizz

Can't wait for Spy Party!!! It's probably the only indi title I've ever anticipated.

Hobbes444
Hobbes444

Xbox One Indie Games Coming Out Next Year.

New Games are about Indians.

broly180
broly180

THUMB DOWN XBOX ONE SPY ON YOU AND XBOX ONE STILL SUCK......

blackace
blackace

@TylerDurden83 LOL!! Xbox 360 has literally 100's and 100's of Indie in XBLA. Micrsoft started doing this before Sony. Sony barely even had a network when XBL was flourishing.

nate1222
nate1222

@thisBlueDude Retro City Rampage (Steam/GOG/Humble Store) also on PSN/XBLA/Wiiware. It's like an 8bit NES version of GTA.

Cave Story (Steam or free and non-DRMed at site)

Rogue Legacy (Steam/GOG/GamersGate/Humble Store)

UnEpic (Steam/GOG)

Hammerwatch (Steam/GOG/Humble Store)

Anodyne (Steam/GOG/GamersGate/Humble Store)

Dustforce (Steam/GOG/GamersGate/Humble Store/Desura

Escape Goat (Steam/GOG/Humble Store/Desura)

Defender's quest (Steam/GOG/GamersGate/Humble Store/Desura)

Dungeon Defenders (Steam/GamersGate/Humble Store)

Hotline Miami (Steam/GOG/Humble Store)

Shank and Shank 2 (Steam/Humble store)

Mark of the Ninja (Steam/Humble Store)

Starbound (Steam/Humble Store)

Samurai Gunn (Steam/Humble Store)

Fotonica (Humble Store)

Bastion (Steam/GamersGate/Humble Store)

Eldritch (Steam/Humble Store)

Frozen Synapse (Steam/Humble Store)

Megabyte Punch (Steam/GOG/GamersGate/Humble Store). Like Smash Bros meets Custom Robo.

Super Meat Bot (Steam/Humble store)

Thomas Was Alone (Steam/Humble Store)

Valdis Story (Steam/GOG/GamersGate/Humble Store). Kickass Metroidvania.



There are boatloads of kickass indie games for PC, most with game controller support. Most also feature Mac and Linux versions.


*The Humble Store versions are often DRM-free (no copy protection) and come with Steam and Desura keys. The GOG versions are DRM-free and come with bonus soundtracks and free updates. The GamersGate versions I've listed are DRM-free.

blackace
blackace

@electroban All developers have to do is release in on another platform first and then sign up to release it on Xbox if they don't want to release it at the same time. It's always better to release the product on all platforms at the same time, just like every other multiplat game. So no, they don't have to release it on Xbox first. Its obvious that Microsoft doesn't want to play 2nd fiddle to the competition. Can't say I blame them.

blackace
blackace

@themc_7 You're lose. lol!! There are a lot of great Indie games out there.

blackace
blackace

@walmonger Really nothing to port. They both have the same architecture, so they can easily make the game on both platforms at the same time.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@walmongerThere is a lot of compliance rules in place, not to mention each tittle requires testing, reviewing and approval.
Ports from XOne to PS4 would be almost the same.

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@Dannystaples14Brave words when indie games is some of the best you have on PC gaming...

You were trying to sound cool or smart-ass? You kinda had the opposite result.

Geardudu
Geardudu

@Naylord I bet it will be in a few months. Sony is the one to hold all games for their platforms, and while that is good for them, it is bad for gamers and developers.

warriors30
warriors30

@PosiTVEMinD355  Indie games are phenomenal these days. The indie crowd is what keeps me interested in this generation of gaming, more than anything. I was playing some FTL (Faster Than Light) earlier and this game is a great example of what I think makes indie games so special...innovative gameplay, easy to pick up but hard to master (with huge replayability, like you said), a very distinct visual style and on top of all that a fantastic soundtrack. I'd say I've played most of the big budget blockbuster games this year (Bioshock Infinite, GTA V, The Last of Us just to name a few) but for some reason once you've finished the story, there's not much reason to go back and experience the game a second time. I love the story in The Last of Us but the gameplay just wasn't enough to keep me interested for another playthrough. Like I do it with my favorite movies, I want to play it again...and again...and again (I've seen Fight Club like 30 times)...but that's what a lot of these blockbuster games lack, replayability. 

I've played a lot of great games this year, and I'm sure 2014 won't disappoint, but what I'm really excited for the most is the next cool indie game. And we can't value the indie crowd enough, because those guys will bring us fresh ideas and gameplay mechanics and they help pushing the whole industry to a new level of creativity and game design.

Just saying. :P


RobDev
RobDev

@PosiTVEMinD355 lets not get the rose tinted glasses on completely. there was a lot of shite on the SNES/megadrive. So many copy paste games.

themc_7
themc_7

@blackace @themc_7  I lose because I play the AAA games that my system was designed to play? Most XBL arcade games are 2D side scrollers, not much better than flash games. There are a few good ones (Brothers, etc), but I don't really think I'm missing much. 

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@warriors30@PosiTVEMinD355


Like I do it with my favorite movies, I want to play it again...and again...and again (I've seen Fight Club like 30 times)...



Dude, that just became one of my new favorite quotes.  You sir, explained exactly why indie games are worth it.

PosiTVEMinD355
PosiTVEMinD355

@RobDev@PosiTVEMinD355 Whatever shit that existed on there, paled in comparison to the amount of unique games that they've had.  Back then there was much more creativity because the market was still fairly new. Not to mention, there was a shitload of Jap SNES/Megadrive games that never made it outside japan. Majority of those games were incredible.  It was one of the Greatest Gens alongside the DC/PS2/GC/XB era.

MonstaTruk
MonstaTruk

"Nice try"? THAT's your response? Lol

warriors30
warriors30

@PosiTVEMinD355 @warriors30 Thanks man. I really liked your original post and thought I just had to add something of my own. Indie games are a beautiful thing in this industry and I hope we never stop to talk about them. 

Warlord_Irochi
Warlord_Irochi

@MonstaTrukYou think a fanboy deserves more for trying to troll?
Go kiss his feet if you think he was smart or cool.