Microsoft "passionate" about indies, says Lionhead

Creative director Gary Carr suggests Microsoft will use future press events to discuss new indie platform, says industry has no future without indies.

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Microsoft is "passionate" about its relationship with independent developers and will use future press events to discuss a new platform to support the development community, Fable developer Lionhead Studios creative director Gary Carr has told OXM.

Discussing Microsoft's recent announcement that indie developers cannot self-publish on Xbox One, Carr said Microsoft understands that these developers are vitally important to the business.

"I certainly know that Microsoft want to talk at future press events about their relationships with indies. I can't really talk about that, but they're very passionate about building a strong relationship with indie development--indie development is the future," Carr said.

"There is no future to the games business without independent developers; they always will shape the industry, and the big corporations will follow," Carr added. "So that relationship is important."

Carr added that "giants" like Sony and Microsoft are needed to "hold [the industry] all together in some way," but said the independent development community has always been the "real driving force" behind the industry.

The Xbox One launches this November for $500.

Discussion

390 comments
XUFF
XUFF

Ahh so now your passionate...

Ryderych
Ryderych

Microsoft is the EA of console manufacturers.

flamingboard
flamingboard

Microsoft says a lot of stuff. 3% of it is true.

binbin90
binbin90

psssh.........Passionate :|

ryanPwnZzDoA
ryanPwnZzDoA

Since when did Microsoft care about Indie

frylock1987
frylock1987

Says the company that is pretty much owned by Microsoft and is their bitch....

They are so passionate that they make it almost impossible for them to release a game on live while making them jump through many unnecessary hoops.

skunknuts
skunknuts

Indies...stay away from Microsoft. You're the only hope I have left for gaming.

nait2k4
nait2k4

Microsoft does need to learn to focus a bit more on the smaller developers and indies, that way we get more State of Decay and less Kinect: Star Wars

onixevil
onixevil

It's too late to show your passions about indie games .

DESTROYRS_F8
DESTROYRS_F8

passionate huh?  Still getting sh***y games on my Surface RT.  I could only use this obnoxious device for Office only.

salvucci91
salvucci91

I'm pretty sure that the only thing Microsoft is passionate about is cash.

straightcur
straightcur

Microsoft continually digging themselves out of a hole...  but its ok, lots of sheep to make you millions...

DrKill09
DrKill09

Passionate about screwing them, and making them pay to patch a broken game. 

Gargus
Gargus

Yeah they are passionate about indie devs, after sony made big strides to actually prove they support them.

And of course lionhead would say so, lionhead is in bed with MS.

SuperBigBoss100
SuperBigBoss100

I surrender, just take my money and leave me alone! *throws pocket change at Microsoft*

MetaMods
MetaMods

It's like me I am passionate about Xbox one but I am not buying it

Paul2004
Paul2004

This might have passed before M$ started all the crap, now tho its not even funny....If Indy games are so important then why do they appear too eager to annoy em ?, why force them into signing away their creative works and a sizeable portion of any profits to big company publishers ?.
Gary, your not making any sense with this.

Commissariot
Commissariot

The whole point to indy games is that they are -independant-.


and if indy games as of now are a driving force of commercial games now, two things need to happen.

One, the rest of the industry really needs to pick up the ball, they dropped it, right there, you see it?

Two, you need to keep the environment for them the way it is, because apparently the industry is doing just fine by indy devs. After all, they are the driving force of the industry now. Not to mention the incredible potential for abuse if independent developers are essentially game contractors for sony and microsoft.


if there is a concern over what can get on XBL, do what steam does with Steam Greenlight.

BurningJC007
BurningJC007

In my opinion Microsoft is has a point in not allowing self publishing/restricting the games devs can put up on Xbox Live. Go check out XBLIG and see what self publishing can do, a couple of great games weighed down by the trash that keeps being uploaded on there, kinda similar to gaming on Android where there are ripoffs and clones of everything. I'm curious how Sony handles this problem, do they fragment the marketplace based on quality similar to Xbox Live or do something different, guess we'll see.

RicanV
RicanV moderator

"Microsoft "passionate" about indie TV, says  Lionhead." *Fixed the title for you, Gamespot.

jinzo9988
jinzo9988

Is that $100 a month cover charge for being able to publish a game onto the Xbox Marketplace via XNA still on?  Do developers that go this route still make only 70% of the sale from the Xbox Marketplace?  Are they still charging an exorbitant amount of money to patch your game 30 days after release?


Uh huh... support.  I commend them on removing that last stipulation but I think they still have a-ways to go.

Barrakas21
Barrakas21

ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah

"Microsoft "passionate" about indies"

That joke made my day thanks

RedLegZeff
RedLegZeff

Hmm, You keep using these words, I don't think they mean what you think they mean.

rann89
rann89

As long as they add all of Microsoft's fees to their game, anyway.

longshotcubed
longshotcubed

Sure, Microsoft is passionate about indie games alright.  Passionate about the publishing fees that they force the developers to pay in order to release the freaking game.  Not to mention the extra cash they have to dump out in order to patch it.

Fantastic.

XIntoTheBlue
XIntoTheBlue

More like MS is passionate about the bling indies will generate for MS.

TristanPR77
TristanPR77

My first reaction after I read the Subject was: LOL

Really Microsoft, do you think people is that stupid to believe your BS?  

crolin
crolin

Lol and the back peddling continues!

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

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COPMAN221ISBACK
COPMAN221ISBACK

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! More back peddling from the Microscam camp. Too late guys.

rbereczki
rbereczki

Is Microsoft reading Sony's press releases? I wish they'd stop talking already. It's embarrassing listening to their bullshit and knowing that they genuinely expect us to believe their lies.

DMND
DMND

They use Windows to develop indie games. In fact, I think they use it to develop PS games too...

IndremaLover
IndremaLover

Ted Bundy was passionate too.  I guess context kinda matters, Microsoft.

FULGOREY2K
FULGOREY2K

yeah right, thats why they have to be partnered with a big dog publisher instead of being able to publish them themselves.....

who are you trying to scam here M$? 

M3o5nster
M3o5nster

Micro$oft's slogan: "Wait for the next show, it gets better! We promise!"

dskribe
dskribe

@Paul2004 

I think that's the entire point of the article, dimwit. It hints at the possibility that indie devs will be able to self-publish on the One. How is that so hard to fathom? And what is "all that crap"? Actually, nevermind, can't believe I'm asking someone on GameSpot something.

Enundr
Enundr

@BurningJC007  if anything M$ more so lets ppl with the big $ publish rather then  anyone with great games but less $ publish , i understand what you mean though , but the thing is even the ones with big $ can make these completely trash like games (off indie topic but looking at you EA) , its hard to say how sony is doing it but when its limited to the indies that have more $ then it hurts the broad picture of which ones are good and which ones are complete garbage but have the $ to have their spot.

pspearman
pspearman

@RicanV Well there are more people in the world who watch TV than play games, seems reckless to avoid this market. I'm sure the PS4 will have its own fair share of TV uses as well, Sony after all are predominantly known for their TVs

dogbert784
dogbert784

@DMND 

I used Internet Explorer to download Google Chrome. (which I use 100% of the time now.)

Your point? 

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

@northArrow @M3o5nster

Yea, it's like that paper joke:

Front-side: "How to keep a moron busy - flip paper to find out..."
Back-side: "
How to keep a moron busy - flip paper to find out..."

impossibruu
impossibruu

AWWWwwww Snap... Even the guyz at extreme makeover cant remove that burn!

dogbert784
dogbert784

@bankai_456 @dogbert784 Developers use dedicated programs to make their games. They could use a mac to edit the voice overs, they could run linux on their PCs if they want. "Windows OS is everywhere" isn't really much of an argument to defend microsoft. 

Video game pirates use Windows too; MS isn't passionate about them.