ID@Xbox

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ID@Xbox
Developer Microsoft Studios
Launch date 2014
Platform Xbox One, Windows
Status Released
Website Official website

ID@Xbox (Independent Developers @ Xbox) is a program by Microsoft allowing independent video game developers to self-publish titles for Windows and the Xbox One home video game console.

Overview[edit]

ID@Xbox was announced by Xbox Vice President Phil Harrison at Gamescom on August 20, 2013. Chris Charla is director of the program.[1]

Developers who are registered in the program get access to two development kits at no cost, as well as access to all required technical documentation. Additionally, there will be no fees to update any game submitted through the program. Games released through the program also have access to all Xbox One and Xbox Live components, including Kinect, Achievements and Xbox SmartGlass.[2] Developers in the program also receive access to the Unity engine as well as an optional subscription to Unreal Engine 4.[3][4]

Reception[edit]

A number of indie game developers have praised the introduction of the ID@Xbox program. Developers involved in the program have been impressed by Microsoft's responsiveness and the support provided on any issues that arise. The appointment of Chris Charla as director of ID@Xbox was met with positive reception, due to his background and previous involvement in the video game industry.[5]

However, the program has received criticism for enforcing a launch date parity policy which means that developers can only release their titles on Xbox One if they haven't been released on other consoles first. Many developer have called for the policy to be dropped; Microsoft has since dropped the parity clause.[6][7][8][9]

Notable developers[edit]

The following developers have been mentioned as being a part of the ID@Xbox program.[10][11]

Upcoming games[edit]

The following is a list of upcoming games releasing through ID@Xbox:[12]

Games released through ID@Xbox[edit]

Title Developer(s) Release date Games with Gold Ref.
#IDARB (It Draws A Red Box) Other Ocean February 1, 2015 February 2015 [16][17]
1001 Spikes Nicalis, Inc. June 10, 2014 [18]
Another World – 20th Anniversary Edition The Digital Lounge, Martial Hesse-Dreville, Eric Chahi June 25, 2014 [19]
Boom Ball for Kinect Virtual Air Guitar Company Oy November 27, 2014 [20]
CastleStorm - Definitive Edition Zen Studios September 24, 2014 May 2015 [21]
Chariot Frima Studio October 1, 2014 October 2014 [22]
Contrast Compulsion Games June 26, 2014 [19]
Divekick: Addition Edition + Iron Galaxy Studios, LLC October 8, 2014 [23]
Fibbage: The Hilarious Bluffing Party Game Jackbox Games, Inc. August 21, 2014 [24]
Flockers Team17 Digital Ltd. September 19, 2014 [25]
Funk of Titans A Crowd of Monsters January 9, 2015 [26]
Giana Sisters: Twisted Dreams - Director's Cut Black Forest Games GmbH December 12, 2014 [27]
Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition DrinkBox Studios July 2, 2014 July 2014 [28]
KickBeat Special Edition Zen Studios September 26, 2014 [29]
Limbo Playdead, Double Eleven December 5, 2014 Xbox One Early Adopters [30]
Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime Asteroid Base September 9, 2015 [31]
Never Alone (Kisima Ingitchuna) Upper One Games, E-Line Media November 19, 2014 [32]
Nutjitsu NinjaBee May 8, 2014 [33]
Outlast Red Barrels June 19, 2014 [34]
Pier Solar and the Great Architects WaterMelon November 21, 2014 [35]
Pinball FX 2 Zen Studios August 14, 2014 [36]
Pneuma: Breath of Life Deco Digital & Bevel Studios February 27, 2015 [37]
Pure Pool VooFoo Studios, Ripstone November 14, 2014 [38]
R.B.I. Baseball 14 MLB, MLB.com June 24, 2014 [39]
Riptide GP2 Vector Unit January 23, 2015 [40]
Sixty Second Shooter Prime Happion Laboratories June 19, 2014 [41]
Slender: The Arrival Blue Isle Studios March 25, 2015
Stick It To The Man Zoink! Games, Ripstone August 28, 2014 [42]
Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut Born Ready Games April 8, 2014 August 2014 [43][44]
Super Time Force Capy May 14, 2014 September 2014 [45][46]
The Escapists Team17 Digital Ltd., Mouldy Toof Studios February 13, 2015 [47]
The Golf Club HB Studios August 19, 2014 [48]
The Jackbox Party Pack Jackbox Games, Inc. November 19, 2014 [49]
The Pinball Arcade FarSight Studios November 25, 2014 [50]
Thomas Was Alone Mike Bithell, Curve Studios, Curve Digital November 21, 2014 [51]
Threes! Sirvo, Hidden Variable Studios December 5, 2014 [30]
Unmechanical: Extended Grip Games, Talawa Games, Teotl Studios, Grip Digital sro January 30, 2015 [52]
Volgarr the Viking Crazy Viking Studios October 31, 2014 November 2014 [53]
Warframe Digital Extremes September 2, 2014 [54]
Worms Battlegrounds Team17 Digital Ltd. May 30, 2014 December 2014 [55][56]
Zombie Driver Ultimate Edition EXOR Studios June 24, 2014 [57]
Superhot Superhot Team May 3, 2016
Inside Playdead June 29, 2016
Beyond Eyes Team 17 August 4, 2015
Massive Chalice Double Fine Productions June 1, 2015 June 1, 2015
Smite Hi-Rez Studios August 19, 2015

References[edit]

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