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First wave of ID@Xbox games coming “soon”

by William Schwartz

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Announced last year, ID@Xbox is Microsoft’s support system for indie developers, giving them the tools to publish on the Xbox One platform. While Microsoft has generated interest and support with ID@Xbox, parity clause excluded, there hasn’t been any games released through the program. According to Microsoft at GDC, that is soon to change.

ID@Xbox Games Director Chris Charla started off by saying, “Since we first announced the program in August, we’ve been working closely with developers to bring a diverse array of independent games to Xbox One. Our goal is to make the process as easy as possible so developers can focus on what matters most: creating the games you’re beginning to see today!”

Phil Spencer also echoed that sentiment. “Our goal has always been to make Xbox One the best place to play games, and that means having a diverse portfolio for gamers to choose from. We’ve worked closely with independent developers to bring their own brand of creativity and innovation to the platform and today is just the beginning.”

According to the Xbox Wire post, these are the games expected to arrive, but no hard release date was given, with the expectation of some appearing on the Xbox Store “in the coming weeks”:

  • 1001 Spikes by Nicalis
  • Calibre 10 Racing Series by Bongfish GmbH
  • CastleStorm by Zen Studios
  • Chariot by Frima
  • Chuck’s Challenge 3D by Niffler
  • Contrast by Compulsion Games
  • Divekick Addition Edition + by Iron Galaxy Studios
  • Forced by BetaDwarf ApS
  • FRU by Through Games
  • Guacamelee Super Turbo Championship Edition by DrinkBox Studios
  • Gunscape by Blowfish Studios
  • Habitat by 4gency
  • Hyper Light Drifter by Heart Machine
  • It Draws a Red Box by Other Ocean
  • Nutjitsu by NinjaBee
  • Pinball Arcade by FarSight Studios
  • Q.U.B.E. Director’s Cut by Toxic Games
  • Riptide GP2 by Vector Unit
  • Roundabout by No Goblin
  • Sixty Second Shooter Prime by Happion Laboratories
  • Spectra: 8bit Racing by Gateway Interactive
  • Strike Suit Zero by Born Ready Games
  • Super Time Force by Capybara
  • The Last Tinker by Mimimi Productions
  • Wulverblade by Darkwind Media

Other games that were “in the pipeline” included Pool Nation FX, Another World, Stick it to the Man, Ninja Cowboys, Mortar Melon and The ARC.

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