Xbox One indie program adds 65 new developers to its ranks

New members of ID@Xbox include Tony Hawk developer Robomodo and Castle Crashers creator The Behemoth, among others.

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Microsoft's Xbox One self-publishing indie program ID@Xbox continues to grow. The company today named 65 new members to group, including the likes of Tony Hawk developer Robomodo, Castle Crashers creator The Behemoth, and Limbo developer Playdead.

Writing on the Xbox Wire, ID@Xbox program director Chris Charla said with the addition of today's 65 new members, total enrollment in the program stands at more than 200 developers. Previously confirmed members include Crysis developer Crytek and Naughty Bear creator Behaviour Interactive, among many others.

"Honestly, when I look at this list, all I can say is 'wow.' It's incredibly humbling to see so many fantastic studios there supporting Xbox One," Charla said.

No ID@Xbox games have been released yet for Xbox One, but Charla said the first titles to launch through the program are currently going through certification. Charla also teased that Microsoft continues to look for new ways to "improve the creation process" for ID@Xbox members with new processes and tools. Updates on both fronts will come soon.

Microsoft's long-term goal is enable every Xbox One console to be used as a development kit, the company has said previously. Charla's comments today certainly sound like he's teasing news about when this functionality might become available.

Below is a list of the 65 developers joining the ID@Xbox program today.

  • 4gency
  • A Crowd of Monster
  • Alientrap Games
  • The Behemoth
  • BetaDwarf
  • Big Ant Studios
  • Bloober Team
  • Blowfish Studios
  • Brain in a Jar
  • Brushfire Games
  • Cherry Pop Games Ltd
  • Codeglue
  • Code-Monkeys
  • Compulsion Games
  • Crunching Koalas
  • Deco Digital
  • Empty Clip Studios
  • Escalation Studios
  • EXOR Studios
  • FarSight Studios
  • Fatshark
  • Flix Interactive
  • Four Door Lemon Ltd
  • Frambosa
  • Frima
  • Glass Bottom Games
  • HB Studios
  • Headup Games
  • Heart Machine
  • Holmade Games
  • Humble Hearts LLC
  • I Fight Bears
  • Implausible Industries
  • Iridium Studios
  • iSquared Games Ltd
  • Larian Studios
  • Mediatonic
  • MeinMein
  • Mighty Rabbit Studios
  • Mimimi Productions
  • nDreams Ltd
  • NeocoreGames
  • No Goblin
  • n-Space
  • Piwot
  • Pixel Balloon
  • Playdead
  • Rebellion
  • Relentless Software
  • RetroCoders
  • Ripstone
  • Robomodo
  • Ska Studios
  • Smudged Cat Games Ltd
  • Snowrunner
  • Spry Fox
  • Tiny Castle Studios
  • Toxic Games
  • Vector Unit
  • Vertigo Games BV
  • VooFoo Studios
  • Warhorse Studios
  • WaterMelon
  • Xona Games
  • Zoë Mode

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Discussion

91 comments
emerin76
emerin76

Awesome, I look forward to some quirky titles.  I never believed for a second that MS didn't support indies.

B-boy
B-boy

indies games blows mindcraft< MGS  games

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

I find it surprising that Robomodo is still around.

After the failure of their Kickstarter pitch, I thought that they would just give up.

jcogopogo
jcogopogo

the more games the merrier I say! but 11 days to dark souls 2 , so I hope when i am done with DS2 there should be some games out worth buying for my this gen console 

teller76567
teller76567

Wow that's so messed up that you have to download a blue-ray player app to play blue-ray movies. Microsoft went a little on the cheep side if you ask me.


As for indies it's interesting most of them will be on the market place to download and i don't support digital.

bluefox755
bluefox755

Xbots suddenly all change their minds about indies, lol.

hadlee73
hadlee73

"I Fight Bears". "Smudged Cat". lol love the names some of these studios take up :)

immortality20
immortality20

Awesome, can't wait to play some great new games coming to Xbox One soon. 

pyro1245
pyro1245

yay! more devs who actually care about making games!

inscript
inscript

Oh" how I love my xbox one, I'm send my p's 4 to the basement

DarkNeoBahamut
DarkNeoBahamut

You gotta thank Sony for this, If it wasn't for them, Indies devs would have a hard time now trying to publish games on XOne because of their previows "Indie cannot self-publish games on Xbox One" policy. And now MS is giving them the help they deserve.

ollie_sr
ollie_sr

Man this is great! Expecting at least 65 titles in the future is exciting.  

gamer20482
gamer20482

If anyone has Kinect hocked up on there Xbox 360 or on the one I would remove it British spies are watching you on it and recording video of you . There using a law introduced in 2000 to do it.

robertcain
robertcain

Good for them! Now Microsoft will see that giving indies a chance will result in more innovative titles for their system! That is, unless you're talking about Robomodo, the company responsible for almost killing off Tony Hawk for good with Ride and Shred.

C_A_G_E
C_A_G_E

I thought MS did not allow self publish?


Or is it they have some stupid rule that if you self publish the game must be released on the X1 at the same time or ealier as any other system? 


There was some indie developer who said they could not release on X1 because of MS rules. 

northArrow
northArrow

Here are the Games with Gold developers

pddrumheller
pddrumheller

Burn Microsoft to the ground! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

dmastor
dmastor

No Devolver Digital? 

Dannystaples14
Dannystaples14

Lets hope some of the good games don't get swamped under the tidal wave of shit clones like on PC.

Gallowhand
Gallowhand

It's good to see more indie developers getting wider recognition on all of the current platforms.

ZeroFallout1
ZeroFallout1

Fanboys complaining about indies for PS4 now MS is making more indie plays. Indies are great, they are the only place we older gamers get to play old school type games.

GuPesci
GuPesci

Playdead? Does that mean LIMBO II?   YES?  YES?

shinjuki
shinjuki

@B-boy


Good news for Microsoft!? Let's think of something negative to say!!!! Probably all over boards when Sony announces an indie game aren't ya?

shinjuki
shinjuki

@Gelugon_baat


The point of kickstarter is that companies can get an idea of whether or not it'll be worth it for them to develop and put out a game.. A failed kickstarter = a fail safe way to tell you, you shouldn't put out the game. Like they don't have a thousand other amazing ideas they could roll with after that anyway.

shinjuki
shinjuki

@teller76567


Really.. The cheap side.. You realize that it didn't cost them anything one way or the other.. You're just too much.

shinjuki
shinjuki

@immortality20


Totally! Titanfall is going to be sooo sick, and this indie news? These can be some of the most simply fun, addictive games in your entire library. I still play The Impossible game, I've had that 4 minute long game for like 5 years now.

shinjuki
shinjuki

@robertcain


It wasn't that they weren't going to allow Indie developers to make games for them, people just assume shit, just think of the worst possible scenario and convince themselves that that's how it is, they were just planning on going about it differently this generation.


This is also seen with their used game policy. Fucking havoc of assumptions and slander tossed around like a shit house in a tornado. When in reality they were trying to make it so game developers were always seeing profits on their hard work, as opposed to used game places making 95% of the profit for holding the game. They weren't even saying that you couldn't get used games, but the used game place had to be licensed by Microsoft, assumedly to make sure they got to see that the developers made a majority of the profit off the games while the used game places made much less. This makes sense when you think about it like that right? The developers should be making 50 dollars for their games not nothing while used game places get 50 dollars for selling their work.

calamityo
calamityo

@Thanatos2kTo paraphrase the same article 

"While the documents do not detail efforts as widescale as those against Yahoo users, one presentation discusses with interest the potential and capabilities of the Xbox 360's Kinect camera, saying it generated "fairly normal webcam traffic" and was being evaluated as part of a wider program."

Yeah, they're pretty much were going to use it like any other web cams that are used. Wow, and it mentions Yahoo more times than it does about MS & kinect.


The more disturbing bit and this includes the PS eye toy:


"Documents previously revealed in the Guardian showed the NSA were exploring the video capabilities of game consoles for surveillance purposes"

dmdavenport
dmdavenport

@Thanatos2k Don't know how much good vid data of fat gamers staring at TV's will do them.

dmastor
dmastor

@Thanatos2k  Dude! Then you should be off the CPU and get rid of your cellphone ASAP

Thanatos2k
Thanatos2k

@calamityo @Thanatos2kThis was from like 2010.  The Xbone didn't even exist yet.  You can only imagine what they're doing with a camera that's always on.

shinjuki
shinjuki

@dmdavenport


See that's always been how I've seen it. What the fuck are they going to do with video of people playing video games. Nothing. They aren't going to do a damn with that video. They're going to skip over it. But they somehow catch someone planning a school shooting, or catch some child porn/rape, then they can do something about it, and that's some damn good they're doing there, right?


So if one dude who has the monotonous job of going over thousands of hours of video looking for key words or whatever to make sure there aren't going to be any mass killings the next day gets to see me in my skivvies.. I really don't give a shit.

tom2750
tom2750

@dmastor @Thanatos2k  don't act like its the same thing most people have there phones in there pockets or laying on something with the camera facing down the kinect sits on top of a TV and is almost always facing you they shouldn't make people buy the kinect and its disgusting they were going to make the kinect be plugged in at all times to use the Xbone

cvantu
cvantu

@tom2750 @dmastor@Thanatos2koh yes, the phone is more innocent. Wait...it isn't. I guess if the agencies wants to view me playing video games or watching TV, then I should be scared of the Kinect...right? I mean, why should anyone worry about the device that tracks wherever you are, records messages, uses voice, and has two cameras technically? I would say...the cell phone is much worse, and you sound like an idiot trying to disprove that.

shinjuki
shinjuki

@tom2750 @dmastor@Thanatos2k


Because people are in front of their TVs 24 hours a day, while they use their cellphones for maybe 2 to 3 hours a day. Wait that's backwards.