The Xbox 360 proved to be a surprisingly happy hunting ground for indie developers. Small studios produced games like Bastion, Limbo and Mark of the Ninja and then watched as they drew large and appreciative audiences.
The console even catered for semi-pro developers with the (still unavailable in Australia) Xbox Live Indie Games service. Will small and daring indie games reeive the same level of support on the Xbox One? Quite possibly, if this week’s announcement is any guide.
Microsoft has revealed some of the developers accepted into its ID@Xbox self-publishing program. The service will eventually host games from The Odd Gentlemen (best known for The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom) Drinkbox Studios (Guacamelee), Double Fine Productions (Stacking) and Australian developer Half-Brick Studios (Raskulls).
Others include Behaviour, Bongfish, Born Ready, Capy, Comcept, Crytek, Definition 6, Double Eleven, Gaijin Games, Happion Labs, Hidden Path, High Voltage Software, Inis, Iron Galaxy, Jackbox Games, The Men Who Wear Many Hats, Nacalis, Ninja Bee, Other Ocean, Panic Button, Slightly Mad Studios, Signal Studios, Team 17, Team Colorblind, Vlambeer, Way Forward, Zeboyd Games and Zen Studios.