According to Don Mattrick, Microsoft’s head of “interactive entertainment” and the main face and driving force behind all things Xbox, the Xbox One will support indie games and indie studios via an “independent creator program.” Mattrick stated that there is “no way” Microsoft would build a console without keeping that in mind.
“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.”
Don Mattrick furthered this argument by stating that independent game creators “exist right inside our ecosystem,” and that Microsoft is going to “support those guys.” He also said that more information is coming at E3.
It was reported last week that indie developers wouldn’t be allowed to self-publish games on Xbox One the way they can on the PlayStation 3, the Wii U, and the newly released OUYA. We also found out that the Xbox One would no longer contain separate channels for Xbox Live Arcade and Xbox Live Indie Games, as all titles would go under one unified tab.
Many indie game studios, such as Curve Studios, Pocketwatch Games, Just Add Water, and The Astronauts voiced both confusion and frustration, along with a little bit of indecisiveness, regarding the console after last week’s botched reveal. It seems like everyone is looking forward to E3 — not just for the new systems and titles that are going to be released, but also so that we finally get some straight answers from Microsoft.