XBLA critical to indie console community, says Castle Crashers dev

The Behemoth dev says indie scene "would not exist as it does today" without Microsoft's digital marketplace.

Sony and Nintendo's digital marketplaces are no match for Microsoft's Xbox Live Arcade in terms of volume of product and benefit to developers. That's according to Castle Crashers developer The Behemoth's John Baez, who sung the platform's praises in a new Official Xbox Magazine interview.

"I think without a doubt the indie console community would not exist as it does today if Xbox Live Arcade had been dropped after the original Xbox iteration," Baez said. "No other console hardware manufacturer has had the success of downloadable games that XBLA has had. And many smaller developers have shared in that success."

The Behemoth most definitely is counted in the latter, as Castle Crashers has sold over 2 million copies on Xbox Live alone, the report states.

Co-organizer of the annual Xbox Live Indie Games Uprising Dave Voyles also had kind words to share concerning Microsoft's digital platform.

"I don't believe Microsoft was prepared for the success that it would see, both in terms of the number of devs who were on board, and the volume of people who would browse the marketplace," Voyles said. "Before XBLIG, and even after, there has yet to be an easy avenue for independent devs to get work released without going through a closed platform or dealing with a publisher."

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MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

As an indie game developer myself, I have to agree, really. XBLI and XBLA games are the best hope for somebody like me to really push forward and reach a wider audience with simple console-style video games.

 

Sure I could make apps for phones, but I just don't like apps for phones. Sure I could make simple PC games, and I do that too (I make simple roleplay MMOs), but I feel like XBLA and XBLI has an untapped market and potential.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

XBLA is awesome i love it. Great games from indie devs and big devs/publishers like sega, capcom, konami EA and more.

tgwolf
tgwolf

That can't be true, I for one will never get an XBox and I am a consumer of indie games.

Paulf001
Paulf001

MS charges an arm and a leg to get anything on their market place so its really not all that great for independents. 

steelmouth
steelmouth

I always thought indie was a stepping stone to AAA games but non of this guys ever seem to graduate to AAA status

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

THE PC, Steam, Mobile.... none of those mean anything to any other developer?  Its only because of XBLA that indie developers can survive?  Really??

 

I think he should shower after sticking his nose so far up Microsoft @$$, and make sure to rest those lips after kissing so much 

sladakrobot
sladakrobot

Now please MS,allow indiegames to have real achievements!How about 100 GS? That would raise the interest astronomically.

Jebril
Jebril

XBLA was a great place to start and still is, I think Steam is now even better though for indie developers.

xSagez
xSagez

I'm actually considering making something for XBLIG. I think it would be awesome fun.

SolidTy
SolidTy

I'm glad that these devs still have a voice.

 

I have plenty of amazing games I bought for WiiWare, PSN, XBLA, and Steam.

gatsbythepig
gatsbythepig

Unfortunately there isn't a single decent indie game on consoles.

ziproy
ziproy

There is no console indie community...

walders
walders

So now the question is, why haven't you created another indie title for the XBLA if it is so great?

nate1222
nate1222

I've been wracking up indie goodies off GOG and Gamersgate mostly. Simply for the DRM-free options. But Steam has some good indie stuff as well. Castle Crashers, Cave Story and Super Meat Boy have my attention.

 

My brother is much more of a console person. So XBLA and Virtual Console get a few bucks out of him for indie and retro stuff.

RiKanKiDD
RiKanKiDD

Im glad there are places to find indie games now. I don't care where you fine them. If its, XBLA, STEAM, PS STORE, etc. We should all just appreciate the life these companies have given these games.

Bane_09
Bane_09

Pffffffft.... XBLA is nothing compared to Steam. I get all my Indie games there

JJames3dCG
JJames3dCG

I think this is a "paid for" ploy by Microsoft to get attention back on XBLA. Given what's happening with Sony and Playstation Plus, I can understand the worry that Microsoft would have here. The value you get from PS+ is so far beyond anything that Xbox offers.

juiceair
juiceair

How about Castle Crashers 2 then? Instant buy for many of those who sunk countless hours into the first one.