Xbox-One-Controller-InsertIf you were hoping for a new and gigantic lineup of indie-games to compliment your new Xbox One console, you will have to wait a few months. November is just around the corner, and the Xbox One is set to be one of the hottest gifts of the holiday, but it seems indie-games won’t be coming along for the ride until the beginning of 2014.
While Sony has been spending a great deal of time focusing on smaller, indie-game offerings to improve its initial line, Microsoft will be holding off until the new year. Earlier this week Microsoft’s corporate vice president, Phil Harrison, spoke with Games Industry International indicating that indie-games will not be a priority in 2013, and that those games will arrive in the new year.
“I don’t think we’re going to see things at launch,” Harrison stated. He later added, “I don’t think it’s realistic to see a developer get the program and build a game and get it into the market on November 22. It’s reasonable to expect in early 2014 we’ll start seeing the first games come through.”
It was only this year that Microsoft had formulated its own Independent Developers Xbox program for indie-games. Unlike in the past, indie studios or developers will have the option to publish their own titles on the Xbox One platform. Harrison states that this program has been well-met by the indie community stating, “Now we’re working through applications and creating that dialogue with developers,” he told GII. “As we said at the time, we have phase one where we give away development kits and loan them to the teams that inevitably will have to pass some kind of a qualification to justify a limited number of dev kits being given to them.”
Although Sony seems to be making a larger case for indie games on the PS4, it to won’t be launching that many indie-titles before 2014. That being said, Sony has stated in the past that almost 200 games are already in development for the PS4 with the majority of the estimate being independent games. Harrison remained committed to the Xbox One line up calling it, “very, very strong”. The Xbox One is set to launch on November 22, 2014.
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