No Self Publishing for Indie Developers on Xbox One

[videoyoutube]In a move that will surely upset some of the most creative people in the industry, Microsoft have revealed that they have no plans to allow independent developers to self publish on Xbox One through the Xbox Live Arcade.

Previously, Xbox Live Indie Games tried to offer a way for developers to publish their own indie games on the Xbox 360 but it was very limited in scope, with only one development environment: XNA, which has now been discontinued.

This doesn’t mean no indie games on Xbox One but makes it even harder for developers to get their games on the system – they’ll have to go through a publisher “as of right now”, according to Matt Booty of Redmond Game Studios and Platforms.

That doesn’t rule out a new service similar to XBLIG, however; Booty continued “I would also expect that for this new generation, that we’re going to continue to explore new business models and new ways of surfacing content.” which is a relief – it doesn’t seem likely that there will be anything around launch, however.

From his final comment, it seems that Microsoft Studios work with indie developers to release content on Xbox Live Arcade if they like their game – “Microsoft Studios is a publisher that works with a wide range of partners, as do a lot of other people, to bring digital content to the box.”, though this will surely be at a cost to the developer.

Sony and Nintendo are really pushing the indie content on the PlayStation Store and eShop respectively, with titles such as Thomas Was Alone, Velocity Ultra and Bit.Trip Runner 2 being recent acclaimed yet self-published titles.

Source: ShackNews



  1. MS just keep hitting those home runs. Sony was wise to get Indies on board before the PS4

  2. I wonder if Sony has cast a spell on everyone at MS?

    • I hope it turns out to be a cold hard lesson for microsoft

  3. What is wrong with Microsoft, are they purposely trying to put gamers off of their new console?

    Very strange. It’s like Microsoft and Sony have had a mental swap.

  4. Sony must be rubbing the hands with glee at every bit of info that has been released about Xbox One.

  5. Holy shit Microsoft are literally committing suicide.

    Literally. Shooting. Themselves. In. The. HEAD.

  6. It’s like everyone is interpreting Microsoft’s entire reputation based on the 360. Everyone is so surprised that the shoe is now on the other foot. All companies are the same. They’ll have ups. Then downs. They hit at the opportune moment with the 360 yes. Never be surprised by or loyal to a company. Just take what’s best for your own interests.

  7. they have lost the plot.

  8. Numptards…. but guess they just wanna focus on those “big earners”

  9. Just look at the teams behind both boxes (PS4/xbox one) this tells you everything you need to know.

    The passionate team that headed the original xbox and the 360 (in part) are gone,replaced by marketing types.

    The PS4 team has Mark Cerny,someone who cares about the actual games.

  10. what a stupid thing to do, its like EA is secretly pulling the strings on the Xbox1. The machine is starting to sound like a console designed for mega-publishers who only want to make big budget games.

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