There Might Not Be Self-Publishing, But Microsoft Promise That They’ll Support Indie Developers
The Xbox One was seen by a lot in the indie scene as a chance to redeem themselves when it came to self-publishing and indie publishing fees that have been rather high on the Xbox 360. Just like most expected, the policies did not change, and Microsoft ruled out the possibility of self-publishing on their next-gen console. The internet was in uproar, just another thing the rage at Microsoft about, but now the company has come out and said that they will still support the indie scene.
Microsoft head of Interactive Entertainment Don Mattrick stated in an interview that the company was working hard to bring tools, programs and infrastructure to support indie development on the Xbox One, however no exact details could be discussed at this time.
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“We’re going to have an independent creator program. We’re going to sponsor it. We’re going to give people tools. We’re going to give more information.”
“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.”
Again, we’ll probably have to wait until E3, or possibly later, for any exact details on this, but considering how well indie titles performed on Xbox Live Arcade it’s not surprising that Microsoft want to further support their development. Even if they’re not going to allow self-publishing.