Microsoft Flaunts Exclusive Indie Support at E3 2015

Quartet of new indie titles, including Cuphead and Fullbright's next project, coming first to Xbox One.

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Microsoft has showcased the growing level of indie developer support for the Xbox One, with an E3 2015 presentation that outlined a quartet of indie titles coming first to the console.

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In a move that echoed Sony's famous "indie 8" demonstration during E3 2013, Microsoft sent out Chris Charla, head of the ID@Xbox initiative, to introduce four key independent titles coming to the system.

First, Steve Gaynor of the acclaimed Gone Home developer Fullbright, revealed the studio's next project--Tacoma--will be a timed Xbox One exclusive.

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Then Derek Bradley, of Aurora44, showed off Ashen, which appears to be a exploration survival adventure game. Following this was Sherida Halatoe, of Tiger & Squid, who revealed Beyond Eyes, which appears to resemble a watercolour version of The Unfinished Swan.

Finally, Chad and Jared Moldenhauer, of Canadian studio MDHR, revealed their idiosyncratic Xbox One exclusive Cuphead, which is set for release in 2016.

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Charla said these four titles were emblematic of "the breadth of experiences coming to Xbox One today."

Other games shown during the ID@Xbox showcase include Shine, Mean Greens, Flame in Blood, Phantasmal, The Solus, Project, Westerado, Sword Coast Legends, Outward, Behemoth's Game 4, Below, Ark, Recruits, and SuperHot.

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