"We're Going To Give People Tools"
Several independent developers have expressed disappointment and concern about the Xbox One's seeming lack of support for the thriving indie market. However, Microsoft has promised to "sponsor" boutique development on the platform and provide the tools to make it happen, despite previously suggesting that indies won't be able to self-publish on Xbox Live.
Yes folks, it's time for another coy comment from a Microsoft executive that contains no real details! Are you as excited as I am?
“We’re going to have an independent creator program,” Microsoft head of interactive entertainment Don Mattrick told Kotaku. “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 suggested that supporting indepdent development is "important to the firm."That's how I started in the industry," he explained. "There's no way we're going to build a box that doesn't support that."
We suspect that Microsoft will probably announce a new development toolkit to replace XNA, designed to allow developers to easily create and test games for Xbox One, Windows 8 App Store and Windows 8 devices. As we've found ourselves saying all too often over this last week, E3 2013 should finally let us talk specifics.