Xbox One consumers who are interested in playing their first indie title on Microsoft’s new console will have to wait until early 2014.
Granted that the company initially stepped on the indie community but it was quick enough to retract and review their policies. The new found self-publication program of Microsoft has attracted thousands of indie developers and the company assures that indie titles would start piling on the Xbox One in early 2014.
Speaking with Games Industry International, Microsoft corporate vice president Phil Harrison noted the popularity of their ID@Xbox Program.
“Within hours it was hundreds. I actually don’t know the number now but I’m assuming it’s in the thousands,” he said.
He then added that even though there is an overflow of indie developers interested in publishing their work on the Xbox One, “I don’t think it’s realistic to see a developer get the program and build a game and get it into the market on November 22. It’s reasonable to expect in early 2014 we’ll start seeing the first games come through.”
The Xbox One launches on November 22, 2013 for a price of $499 in North America. It features a pretty strong launch line-up with titles like Dead Rising 3, Call of Duty: Ghosts and upcoming titles like Titanfall.
Source Games Industry International