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.