Microsoft didn’t give a lot attention to indie devs at the Xbox One event, but it seems that they will support indie developers with a new program that directly supports the Xbox One. Microsoft’s head of interactive entertainment, Don Mattrick, said they would never leave out indie devs, and that the new “independent creator program.” There was no way that Microsoft would have succeeded without the support of indie developers on the Xbox One, so this move isn’t surprising in the slightest.
Speaking with Kotaku, Mattrick said independent game creators “exist right inside our ecosystem,” and that the firm is going to “support those guys.”
“We’re going to have an independent creator program,” he said. “We’re going to sponsor it. We’re going to give people tools. 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.” Mattrick said Microsoft is “going to give more information” on its indie support in the future, and you would have to expect that they would expand on this program at E3. Microsoft just only announced that the XBLA and XBLIG sections wouldn’t transfer over, and that everything will now be under one unified tab.