At Gamescom today, Microsoft announced “Independent Developers @ Xbox,” a program that will grant independent developers access to free development kits, as well offering developers an “easy path” for independent self-publishing.
Indie developers will have access to the same features as their larger counterparts, including Achievements, Gamerscore, Kinect, SmartGlass and Cloud features.
“At the same time, many independent developers will still want to work with a publisher, either Microsoft Studios or a third party, to bring their content to Xbox One,” said the program’s director, Chris Charla. “Publishers can provide support such as testing, QA, funding and marketing and promotion services. While some independent developers want to “do it themselves,”
Xbox Chief Product Officer Mark Whitten said that it intends the Xbox One console itself to “eventually” become a development solution, which will enable “anyone” to make games on the system.