The lights are on
At Gamescom 2013, Microsoft revealed its plans for self-publishing on Xbox One. The ID@Xbox program, led by Chris Charla (video interview here), is intended to be the gateway for small studios to reach an audience on Microsoft’s new platform.
Late last night, Microsoft Studios vice president Phil Spencer shared two of the first titles that will be published under the ID@Xbox banner. The first is a Windows Phone game making the jump to consoles.
Nutjitsu, by World of Keflings developer Ninjabee, puts players behind the mask of a squirrel ninja on quest to retrieve his clan’s stolen acorns. You can see a trailer for the Windows Phone version below.
The other title will come from the long-running Worms series. The most recent game in Team17’s team-based combat franchise, Worms: Clan Wars, was released only on PC in August 2013.
Update: Team17 has just announced that its new-generation title is Worms Battlegrounds, coming to Xbox One (via the ID@Xbox program) and PlayStation 4.
[Source: @XboxP3 via OXM]
Our TakeThe clamor for the ID@Xbox program was born partially out of Sony’s heavy push into the indie space from E3 onward. I expect that developers will continue to flock to the program. I don’t think that these are the best titles to lead with, though. One is a port of a mobile game. The other is in a series that, while still loved, isn’t breaking any new ground.