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.

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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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