The lights are on
Microsoft's ID@Xbox program is designed to give independent developers access to the Xbox One platform. The program, which was announced at Gamescom 2013, started taking applications in August. Now, the first wave of accepted developers has been announced.Microsoft stated up front that it was looking first for developers with proven track records. Over 50 teams have been accepted into the program, and a post on Xbox Wire lists some. The titles in parentheses have been added by us for reference and should not be considered confirmation of titles coming to Xbox One:
The list includes studios from across the globe. The first titles in the ID@Xbox program will be coming to the Xbox One in early 2014. [Source: Xbox Wire]
Our TakeThis is an impressive list, and it includes some developers, like Drinkbox Studios and Iron Galaxy, that haven't been on Microsoft platforms recently. I'm interested to see how self-publishing changes the landscape. The opportunity and access are a victory for smaller developers, but now we need to see what they make of it.