Xbox One indie policy a "great move," says Bungie founder

Alex Seropian believes Microsoft's newly stated stance a win for the industry, developers, and gamers alike.

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Microsoft's newly stated Xbox One independent developer policy is a "great move," according to Bungie founder Alex Seropian. In a statement sent to GameSpot, Seropian--who now heads up mobile studio Industrial Toys--said everyone in the industry benefits from the policy.

"I think this is a great move by Microsoft. It's good for the industry, great for developers and most importantly will be a win for gamers," Seropian said. "It means more games, different kinds of games, and a direct relationship between gamer and developer. Everyone wins!"

Seropian added that Industrial Toys is "certainly excited" about new digital platforms, but at present, the company's focus remains on mobile devices.

Microsoft's new policy for independent developers allows every person to be a creator and every Xbox One to be used for development. The stance is a reversal of policy, as it was announced in May that independent creators could not self-publish on the next-generation platform.

A number of questions regarding the policy remain, including details around revenue sharing, game promotion, how certification will work, and if creators will need to pay a fee or subscription to build games for the Xbox One. Microsoft will share more details on the program at Gamescom next month.

Industrial Toys' debut game, Morning Star, aims to change expectations for what kind of experience core gamers can get on a mobile device. The game was built from the ground up for touch-based controls and is billed as a "complete reimagining of the shooter."

GameSpot recently polled a number of independent developers on Microsoft's new Xbox One policies. Check back later today for more.

Discussion

286 comments
jtthegame316
jtthegame316

sony trolls go and get your ps 4 i don't care. just stop speading hate about ms. its simply as a gamer you should buy the console you like the games for. for example i like crimson dragon dead rising 3 quantum break and ryse. so there for i am buying an xbox one. not straight away but eventually. if you like infamous and killzone go ahead buy your ps 4. but if you buying based on brand your an idiot and need to stop this. i like games i don't care about sony or ms at the end of the day the only thing both of them care about is getting your cash. but if your getting there system based on the games then your going to get a lot of enjoyment out of there product and it is cash well spend..  my fear is a lot of these trolls will buy a ps 4 because its sony and to give each other a thumbs up. but won't actually hardly play it because the will be on gamespot, ign and youtube trolling xbox articals and videos spreading hate.

innocent69
innocent69

PS4 is far superior!!!!!!! PS4 has 4 gigs of dedicated memory for gaming (the other 4 gigs is dedicated to the crapy OS)

Ducez_III
Ducez_III

"Great move" compared to the original policy that sucked ass.

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

I hate Bill gates and all eugenicist psychopaths, but the main reason I am not buying the next Xbox, is my first xbox and my xbox360 both lasted a year before they stopped working, while my ps2 and ps3 still work. I am not about to get ripped off a 3rd time.

Daian
Daian

Tnx for stating the obvious.

inscript
inscript

lol im starting to think the people who are bashing not sony fan boys.....i think its just people who dont like microsoft as a company. who just going around bash all of their product so it wont sell

inscript
inscript

superb move by xbox ...but pls stop sharing info cause playstation is following every step microsoft makes ....save the rest of the goodies for release, xbox one already claimed its position already.

ZZoMBiE13
ZZoMBiE13

Curse you Alex Seropian! Where's my Stubbs the Zombie sequel?!?!

SweatySasquatch
SweatySasquatch

Microsoft's new policy towards indie developers is only there because Sony has a great relationship with them with the PS4 this next gen. Microsoft is doing everything in there power to make up for all the negative feedback they received when the had all of the features like blocking used games etc. 

  They furthermore are doing everything in there power to become and stay #1 no matter what company they hurt (Sony or Nintendo). They do not care about the gamers, they only care about dominating the game industry and seeing other companies suffer. If they have to throw money around to get exclusives like Dead Rising 3 then they'll do it no matter the cost. The fact of the matter is about 75% of so-called Xbox exclusives are also on the PC, or end up there anyways, so why buy Xbox. They only way they don't end up on PC like Gears 2, 3 , Halo 3, 4 etc. is because Microsoft pays to make sure they stay just on Xbox, otherwise it would be useful only for a glorified doorstop.

jareed
jareed

You all need to thank Sony for giving you a non DRM, indie friendly Xbox.  Keep in mind when you buy one that you are supporting a company that set out to screw you with their policies and only changed their stance when they saw that the competition wasn't going to screw you.  If you think that they won't implement some other nonsense policy after they have your money, you're sadly mistaken.

hobotech64
hobotech64

Microsoft finally wising up.  I don't see how anyone could hate this news.

Then again, there were idiots who complained about their reversal of DRM, so anything is possible.

Timmy_Gwar
Timmy_Gwar

So I make a comment on the article about Notch saying pretty much the same thing. I say how this is simply positive and that you could apply the "good job Microsoft" statement to any developer because better is simply better. Then I scroll down and it happens...Thanks Eddie.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

Apparently the latest brick the M$ PR department is throwing at Sony is that the PS4 only has 5.5gb of usable memory well thats still better that the xbones paltry 3gb the other 5gb has apparently been set aside to allow the system to cough "evolve" yeah evolve back into the DRM privacy prison it was going to be all along !

Bushindui
Bushindui

@jtthegame316 Thank you, a gamer who actually understands the reasons for buying a console. 

valknight
valknight

@innocent69 Xbox is doing the same thing lol. Why would that make ps4 superior? Their OS isn't even complete yet from articles they have put out. 

steelmouth
steelmouth

@innocent69 Yes we know hail the mighty PS4 now if you will excuse me I have an X360 to go play 

feleas
feleas

@innocent69 I like what you're saying, but he's talking about indie games, and it's true this new statement works out much better than it was previously going to.

Deathsmiles76
Deathsmiles76

And I had 3 ps2 go out on me within a 2 year period and I waited in line at my local store for the next gen ps system I've now had 2 ps3 systems I still have my original xbox and it plays like a champ now as for xbox 360 I'm on my 2nd unit so i have actually had better luck with the xbox and will continue supporting ms. And if these systems are rushed out we could see fail rates on both consoles. Ether way ill be getting an xbox I have lost faith in the way Sony handles there fail rate on the systems and don't take care of the customers like ms does

blue_shift_91
blue_shift_91

@broly180 

rofl. i love how kids are still actually dumb enough to "thumbs up" your comment.

iempire68
iempire68

@inscript Yeah, last. 4 Sony consoles on Amazon in top 20. XB1 position in video games sales is 35. Dropped a ton. A lot of gamers are not impressed and have been turned off by their attitude and policies. Yeah, they are reversing them, but it's the fact that they tried to do it. Then MS cries it's the future, it's better for you, we didn't explain it good enough. And after all this time they still haven't said why it was so great. Because for gamers it wasn't  and they look pathetic having to reverse EVERYTHING XB1 stood for at their 2 shows. MS is a lost, confused, and directionless company.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@SweatySasquatch  have you forgotten that windows is an ms platform to so they are going to put the odd exclusive on there for the sake of supporting windows. but not all exclusives will go on pc to. and personnally as a console game i don't want to play them on pc anyway and worry about if they will run on my system or not

Deathsmiles76
Deathsmiles76

The only good thing that's come from Sony is TLOU and uncharted and that's was just ok so troll harded

Deathsmiles76
Deathsmiles76

Dead wrong wow you are a really stupid Sony troll. Ms had stated before e3 that they were working to make indie dev on xbox more friendly. On another note Sony has done the same shit by throwing money around buying company's up for More exclusives on there console yet Microsoft gets flamed for it.

bamabam
bamabam

@SweatySasquatch I have a feeling that the moment you were writhing this their were tears rolling from your eyes as your emotional hate towards Microsoft was poring out.. Is this true?...

Deathsmiles76
Deathsmiles76

And Sony did state that 3rd party devs can use a pass to lock there games to the console

Deathsmiles76
Deathsmiles76

Sony was planing the same shit so troll harder

inscript
inscript

@jareed thank you sony for helping me pick xbox one for my launch console

Mister_korea
Mister_korea

@jareed THANK YOU SONY! - from an Xbox person. You have proved to gamers that Microsoft listens to its customers and developers! Competition, Free Market is a beautiful thing!

jareed
jareed

@hobotech64 I have trouble putting much faith in a company that had to have that much negative feedback to change their stubborn minds about obvious bad policies.

angryguy77
angryguy77

@de-astroturfer  

So MS is writing internal docs for Sony now? Who woulda thunk.

 How ignorant are you?  3 is for the os, 5 is for the games.

 Don't cry too much, the truth can set you free.



VenkmanPHD
VenkmanPHD

@Bushindui @jtthegame316 

I agree, people get into some ridiculous arguments, and make the most preposterous statements imaginable, simply based on brand.

These are the same people who would blindly go into war, simply because their country said so. (I would imagine)

It's a lack of critical thinking, or in some cases, any thinking.

Personally, I wasn't gonna buy an Xbox one with the weird internet requirement.

Now that it's gone the only reason I'm still getting a ps4 is because I have a theory that reversing such deeply rooted policies is going to take more time than they realize to get everything right.

I didn't have to deal with the RROD issue, I was lucky. But why risk something semi-similiar?

I'm just gonna wait a few months and get the next run of them that is released.

inscript
inscript

I'm not listening to your hoopla....my goal is to buy both consoles but they way you Playstation fan boys keep whining about stuff makes me think ps4 has nothing to offer you don't have to buy a xbox one...if anything you would want to listen to a company that listen to what you want done when your paying for it ....Once again ps4 is not an angel ...Playstation force pay online play $60 a month, claim they were only focus on games cause ps is a gamer console ...but on launch its only kiddie titles exclusive , so that don't give a good reason to buy a ps 4 ps also needs try to barrow some Ram from xbox one's 5 gb lol they have left for game , cause Playstation promise 7gb but they might need 5 gb to run a Os , when it focus was for games

96augment
96augment

@Deathsmiles76 What about Gran Turismo, Ratchet and Clank, Littlebigplanet, Infamous, Metal Gear Solid 4, Killzone, and Demon's Souls?

Dredcrumb9
Dredcrumb9

@bamabam @SweatySasquatch you are either a proud victim of Microsoft or you are a sociopath Microsoft worker. Bill gates wants you and most of the population dead, why do you think he promotes vaccines and poisonous GMO foods? Microsoft is a big company run by people who think you are a sheep.

JWallace21
JWallace21

@angryguy77 don't try to reason with a PS4 fanboy.  Every bit of news about MS is horrible news that ruins the world.  de-astroturfer would be angry at MS if the xbox one failed and there was a news article about it.

96augment
96augment

@jtthegame316  @Deathsmiles76 If MGS 4 was going to be on the Xbox 360, it would have done so already. The same can be said for Demon's Souls. Demon's Souls and Darks Souls were both good, as far as I am concerned. Littlebigplanet is over-hyped crap? 

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

@96augment @Deathsmiles76 metal gear 4 could turn up on another system if konami wanted as that is not sonys game. demon souls the same but then who cares when dark souls is better and multi platform anyway. the rest of them are over hyped crap although ratchet is not to bad.

stan_boyd
stan_boyd

@angryguy77 @de-astroturfer MS is a monopoly? huh guess apple and linux don't exist and its all figments of my imagination. PS I use windows cause apple sucks and linux just isn't user friendly enough for me.

angryguy77
angryguy77

@de-astroturfer

so putting a trojan into your computer and leaving it open to attacks is cool with you and does not make the company sleazy?

You are the epitome of a hypocrite.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@angryguy77 @de-astroturfer Hmmm what do I think of Sony well its certainly a lot better than what I think of M$ but why stop at Sony how about Nintendo or Steam you know any company who hasn't tried to put customers  in a DRM prison or plans to violate their privacy with a mandatory always on web cam and microphone in the past year

angryguy77
angryguy77

@de-astroturfer

Then tell us what you think of Sony?

Hmmmmmm?????

And how is that "hope and change" working for you?

angryguy77
angryguy77

@de-astroturfer

but you're the one telling us how great the company that brought us rootkit is...

Hypocrite 

JWallace21
JWallace21

@de-astroturfer lol I didn't realize the war was over even before the consoles were released.  Can I borrow your crystal ball, I need to know the lottery numbers for tonight.

inscript
inscript

@JWallace21 this whole convo, was funny. it just shows people hate for no reason ....but lil do they know it boost sells for Microsoft 

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@angryguy77 "Think for yourself" !!!!!! What you actually mean is make it up as you go along as opposed to reading up on history and economics you know learning ! And I wouldn't recommend Google as they are the new M$ try going straight to wikipedia 

angryguy77
angryguy77

@de-astroturfer

hahaha, so I need google to teach me?

I can think for myself thank you very much.

You should take your own advice and use google to find out what other companies offer the same products as MS does. 

When I owned my business, I purchased a knock off excel and wp that did the job, just not as good.

You lack some serious understanding. Pretty sure I could name your political ideology.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@angryguy77 @de-astroturfer Ohhh do fuck off and type the words Monopoly and Microsoft into a search engine other than Bing and do some catching up on the last 20 years , "don't know how the market works" tut !

angryguy77
angryguy77

@de-astroturfer

they are not a monopoly, there is competition. If someone comes a long and developes something better, then they will lose market share.

You hate them for "giving capitalism a bad name" yet you don't understand how the market works.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@jrcast84 @de-astroturfer @shingui5 @JWallace21 Just Office and only because I have to because the business's I deal with keep sending word and excel documents.

de-astroturfer
de-astroturfer

@JWallace21 I hate M$ and what they tried to do to consumer rights and I hate astroturfers trying to convince the general public that the general public think the xbox one is so great and all these u turns aren't just a cynical con.