Sony may have a better track record with indie developers than Microsoft, but the company has been working hard to improve that. Microsoft has announced that the first Xbox One game to arrive through the Indie Development Program will arrive in the next few months. In fact, the Redmond team has thirty-two indie studios working on various titles for the Xbox One console.
According to ID@Xbox Director, Chris Charla, many indie games for the console have actually been in development for months:
“Some developers started developing for Xbox One, others already had games in development and are working on Xbox versions. I would say they’re at all stages of development, honestly.”
The ID@Xbox program, designed for indie developers, is being expanded as developers wait for Xbox One development tools. The company is also trying to push Project Spark, an attempt to engage everyday gamers to create their own experiences.
Microsoft may have burnt some of their bridges with indie developers, but they are working hard to recreate those relations; they have no intention of letting Sony steal the spot light.