Microsoft Announces Initial Batch Of ID@Xbox Developers

It’s been a long road between smaller independent developers and Microsoft over the years and after a few reversals leading up to the Xbox One launch, things are looking brighter than they ever have. To show off just how good things are, Microsoft yesterday announced the first round of developers that have been accepted into their ID@Xbox program. They’ve got everything from XBLA veterans, large-scale teams, small-scale teams, and completely new to Xbox studios as well. It’s a pretty diverse initial list. We’ve been told that this list isn’t complete and that they’ll be adding more and more studios to the mix.

Announced last August, the Independent Developers @ Xbox program gives accepted developers two Xbox One development kits, access to all of the tools (such as achievements and Xbox Live) and a free license to the Unity Pro engine. This was Microsoft’s way of trying to match the stellar job Sony has been doing in courting popular indie developers to their console like Supergiant Games and 17-bit Studios to name a few. It also represents a huge shift in Microsoft policy who have always previously required a publisher, but now accepted studios can self publish on the Xbox One. For a more detailed rundown of the program, make sure to click here.

I have to admit, the announced list so far is full of popular studios and big name indies. Regardless of what system you’re on however, it’s a great time to not only be an independent developer, but also a gamer. There’s a ton of great selections already out there and seeing the teams that both Microsoft and Sony are now courting for their systems is only a good thing for us, the consumer. There’s never been a better time to play.

The full list can be seen below the break.

Accepted Studios Into ID@Xbox so far:

  • Behaviour (WETNaughty Bear: Panic in Paradise)
  • Bongfish (Stoked: Big Air Edition)
  • Born Ready (Strike Suit Zero)
  • Capy (Super Time Force, Below, Sword & Sworcery EP, Critter Crunch)
  • Comcept (Soul SacrificeMighty No. 9)
  • Crytek (Crysis series, Far Cry, Ryse: Son of Rome)
  • Definition 6 (SpyParty)
  • Demiurge (Shoot Many Robots)
  • Double Eleven (LittleBigPlanet Vita)
  • Double Fine (Brutal Legend)
  • Drinkbox (Tales From Space: About a Blob, Guacamelee!)
  • Gaijin Games (Bit.Trip series)
  • Halfbrick Studios (Fruit Ninja)
  • Happion Labs (Energy Hook)
  • Hidden Path (Defense Grid)
  • High Voltage Software (The Conduit)
  • Inis (Elite Beat Agents)
  • Iron Galaxy (Divekick, The Wreckateer)
  • Jackbox Games (You Don’t Know Jack)
  • Nicalis (Cave StoryVVVVVV)
  • Ninja Bee (A World of Keflings)
  • Other Ocean (Super Monkey Ball iOS, Dark Void Zero)
  • Panic Button (Kinect Star Wars)
  • Signal Studios (Toy Soldiers, Toy Soldiers: Cold War, Ascend: Hand of Kul)
  • Slightly Mad Studios (Need for Speed: ShiftProject CARS)
  • Team 17 (Worms series)
  • Team Colorblind (Jetpack BrontosaurusAztez)
  • The Men Who Wear Many Hats (Organ TrailMax Gentlemen)
  • The Odd Gentlemen (The Misadventures of P.B. Winterbottom)
  • Vlambeer (Ridiculous Fishing, Super Crate Box, Nuclear Throne)
  • WayForward (Shantae series, DuckTales Remastered, Contra 4, Double Dragon Neon)
  • Zeboyd Games (Cthulu Saves the World, Penny Arcade’s On the Rain-Slick Precipice of Darkness 3 + 4)
  • Zen Studios (Zen Pinball series)
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