Xbox One will have an indie creator program, says Mattrick

Microsoft's new console will support independent developers in some form, says Xbox exec

Microsoft may not be changing its publishing policies for independent developers on the Xbox One, but it isn't looking to shut them out entirely, either. According to a Kotaku article today based on an interview last week, Microsoft's head of interactive entertainment Don Mattrick has promised support for smaller developers.

"We're going to have an independent creator program," Mattrick said, adding, "That is something we think--I think--is important. That's how I started in the industry. There's no way we're going to build a box that doesn't support that."

Mattrick noted Microsoft has already been working with independent developers on the Xbox 360. He specifically pointed to the Xbox 360 version of Minecraft, and how Microsoft allowed it to have an expedited update schedule ordinarily not allowed by the console-maker's policies.

Mattrick declined to provide details on exactly what sort of assistance indie developers would be offered on Xbox One.

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Andrew Goodchild Studying development, Train2Game8 years ago
I think he forgot to mention the bit where they allowed Minecraft to have those updates because it had already sold millions, and it was important to get it before Playstation.

Of course he did, in a roundabout way mention that generally, nobody else was allowed to.
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Christopher Bowen Editor in Chief, Gaming Bus8 years ago
"Yeah, we'll give you a place to make your shitty Minecraft clones! We just won't ever show you to anyone who would ever buy them! We're going to stick them on our equivalent of the ghetto like we did on the 360!"
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Yiannis Koumoutzelis Founder & Creative Director, Neriad Games8 years ago
"in some form" ;)
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Paul Jace Merchandiser 8 years ago
Last week we got:
Shutting out the indies is a big mistake for Xbox One
Today we get:
Xbox One will have an indie creator program
I just love a good plot twist.
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Adam Campbell Product Manager, Azoomee8 years ago
Realistically, we never really had all the information when there were complaints about indies being shut out.
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Rob Fahey Columnist, GamesIndustry.biz8 years ago
This sounds like good news (pending details), but seriously... The only way you'd see more backpedalling than Microsoft has been doing this week is if you watched the Tour de France on rewind.
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Its almost like looking at UK Coalition politics, its not what is being said its how its being said and stressed (or omitted)
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Aleksi Ranta Category Management Project Manager 8 years ago
I smell damage control. But then again, during the course of a working day i smell a lot of things....
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Paul Johnson Managing Director / Lead code monkey, Rubicon Development8 years ago

I don't want to be treated like some second class citizen anyway, there are plenty of better options for small indies to create. If the management don't "get" the value of indie games, there's no point trying to push it - they speak the wrong language.

This is a shame, I thought MS were finally catching on, but alas. I want to like MS, I really do, but they keep dropping the ball.
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Rick Lopez Illustrator, Graphic Designer 8 years ago
Thats nice, lets see how they go about it and how it will benefit the developer to take part in their, indie game program.
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John Pickford Owner, Zee 38 years ago
They don't need an indie game program. They just need to allow indies to self-publish. Anything else is just BS.
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