"It Highlights An Attitude Change At Microsoft"
Stealth Inc: A Clone In The Dark developers Curve Studios are cautiously optimistic about Xbox One's potential for self-publishing, but believes that Microsoft has a lot to prove, and a huge amount of work ahead to regain their standing as an industry leader for console indie games.
"In general, it's awesome news," Curve Studios' Rob Clarke told Dealspwn.com today. "We've been pretty vocal about Microsoft in the past on Twitter and in interviews. We don't do that because we have a grudge against them though, we do it because we hope that if developers highlight problems then as a group we can help change attitudes.
"There's not enough details right now to say whether this is going to be a game changer, but it highlights an attitude change at Microsoft and we see it of as acknowledgement of support for indie game that was sorely missing at E3."
Clarke lamented the fact that Microsoft were a driving force behind getting indie games onto consoles at the start of this generation, and suggests that they need to "return to form." "Microsoft used to be years ahead of Sony when it came to indie development, and XBLA was a really ground-breaking service for the time," he continued. "If Microsoft can return to form, that's great news for them, for Curve and other independent development studios, and ultimately for gamers who have a lot more choice over what and where they play.
"Having said that, we don't want another XBLIG, and we don't want an indie ghetto. The dev kits news is interesting, but dev kit accessibility is just one part of the process. Putting people in front of developers who not only understand indie gaming but also have the power internally to make important decisions is just as important, and we've not seen any announcements about that."
Microsoft is set to reveal more details at Gamescom 2013.