Xbox 360 developers able to self-publish this August - Report

Microsoft reportedly reversing its publishing stance for 360 games on the Xbox Live Arcade; new system coming into effect in August.

Independent game developers will soon be able to publish Xbox Live Arcade games on the Xbox 360 without the need for a third-party publisher, Polygon has reported.

According to Polygon, developer FarSight Studios made the announcement in a newsletter, stating, "Microsoft has just announced that indie developers (like FarSight) can now self-publish on Xbox Live Arcade instead of being required to find publishers for their games."

FarSight Studios reportedly stated that the ability for developers to self-publish on the Xbox Live Arcade for the 360 will be available from August this year.

The independent game developer released The Pinball Arcade for the Xbox Live Arcade in April last year, which was published by Crave Entertainment. Microsoft withdrew The Pinball Arcade from the Xbox Live Arcade when Crave Entertainment shut down business in 2012.

Microsoft recently confirmed the ability for independent developers to self-publish on the next-generation Xbox One console, effectively reversing its original policy. More details about the program will be shared at Gamescom next month.

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Zorine “harli” Te is a long time Australian competitive gamer and also an Associate Editor at GameSpot.

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120 comments
kbaily
kbaily

Amazing how quickly policies are changing at MS.  Wonder if next they'll make a Kinect free version of the Xbox One that will lower the price $100.

hadlee73
hadlee73

I bet that Julie woman burned all the magazines Mattrick had hidden in his desk drawer too. She's cleaning house.

Fartman7998
Fartman7998

I don't know what this means, in terms of what will be different.  But here's one way of looking at it:

Good idea: Loosen up the Xbox policies to make the console better.

Bad idea: Loosen up the Xbox policies on INDIE GAMES that nobody plays, to make the console better. 

The End. 

Masterchief5525
Masterchief5525

Xbox 360 still has a few years to go so this is definitely a good thing, not for just developers but for gamers too.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I hate GameSpot's recent attempts to turn their editors into "personalities."  Looking at the picture of that guy in the video window above makes me wanna punch somebody.

theKSMM
theKSMM

I didn't know that individuals couldn't self-publish already.  I guess I haven't been paying attention to that part of the Live Marketplace.  :-/

JDWolfie
JDWolfie

Wayyy too late. Should have done this years ago.

MooncalfReviews
MooncalfReviews

No way am I publishing any of my indie games for Xbox. Not after they tried to screw everyone. Sony can have my money instead.

Mega_Skrull
Mega_Skrull

W-what happened here?? Usually, the highest liked comments represent a majority of intelligent people agreeing with common sense which I tend to agree with. Well, usually. But it's chaos in this article, all classic completely stupid fanboys waging their pointless wars! Where's the normal people with brains???

*runs*

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

makes sense they have done it for x1 so why not 360

rpgwo
rpgwo

Xbox fanboys must love the PS4 cause its always in their mouths and minds....

pozium
pozium

Microsoft Vs Sony again. I just wished the PS4 and Xbone could be released even more quickly so the slew of immature comments would FINALLY stop

bankai_456
bankai_456

immature fanboy rant started again. sigh

shark_tsuki
shark_tsuki

1. Pirate all windows software and xbox one games (if possible) in front of kinect.
2. Xbox one have a HDMI in port to record. Put ps4's HDMI in that arse.

barleybosh
barleybosh

PS4 stays in the shadows and tries to act mysterious and not reveal too much because... well, frankly every time we hear something new about it, IT'S A LET DOWN. Coincidence? I think not. 

Mattrick-sauce on ya face

the corner of your lip a little piece of poo is watering down

barleybosh
barleybosh

I'll buy a PS4 if I run out of toilet paper

00J
00J

@Fartman7998 Either way what's your point? No one will twist your arm to play an inde xbox 360 game? Who does it hurt? 

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@rpgwo sony fanboys can't stop jumping on xbox articials and xbox youtube vids its not xbox fans that are on about sony products what i see is sony fanboy going on and on about ms and there products

soulless4now
soulless4now

@pozium It's only going to get worse after release, especially when the sales figures are released. 

I think I'll have a drink that day. Rum makes everything better.  

puukusa
puukusa

@pozium It will only stop when they release PS5 AND Xbox something. Just few months ago gamespot was still releasing graphics compare videos 

barleybosh
barleybosh

@pozium but PS4 started it first...

xhawk27
xhawk27

@shark_tsuki 

You can yell PS4 on but the Xbox One will say sorry I don't play trash! 


barleybosh
barleybosh

@shark_tsuki I'm gonna tell XB1 to switch between Movies, TV, Games & PC instantly.

If you get a PS4 you have to find your remote or walk up to your TV to change inputs, and depending on the speed of your television, might have to wait a sec LOOOOOL

midnightworld
midnightworld

@shark_tsuki @bankai_456 PRO OUYA PS4 Wii U AND PC

ANTI XBOX

xhawk27
xhawk27

@shark_tsuki 

You Fers wish that! Xbox One is the highest quality console ever built. Enjoy your crappy pisstation 4 peasants. 

shark_tsuki
shark_tsuki

Ps4 is in another level. Thats why I didnt compared ps4 with xbox one.