Amongst the more exciting news announced at the record breaking live streaming event for the Xbox One it came to light that developers won’t be able to self publish games onto the online marketplace like they used to. According to the latest news however that doesn’t mean that they’ll be left out of developing for the next generation console!
“We’re going to have an independent creator program,” Don Mattrick, Microsoft’s head of interactive entertainment told Kotaku “We’re going to sponsor it. We’re going to give people tools. We’re going to give more information.” he then went on to say “That is something we think—I think—is important,” speaking of the indie program “That’s how I started in the industry. There’s no way we’re going to build a box that doesn’t support that.”
He continued to say that due to the success of games like Minecraft he has no plans to ignore smaller developers. Being a game developer himself he knows what he’s talking about – we hope.
We’ll most likely see more information in regards to this at E3 this year, where I think a lot of things are going to be made clearer. It’s nice to see that independent developers will be given the tools needed to develop for the Xbox One as that was one thing I was a little miffed about when the news surfaced.