Just over three years after it was first launched to help indy developers publish their games, Microsoft's ID@Xbox program has crossed a pretty significant milestone: more than 500 games shipped. That includes not only games released for Xbox One, but those launched on Windows 10 as well.
In a celebration post on the Xbox Wire blog, ID@Xbox director Chris Charla took the opportunity to thank developers and fans who have helped the program reach this milestone:
A sincere thanks to all the developers and fans who have helped ID@Xbox reach this milestone. Every time I look at the games that have shipped, and the forthcoming titles coming through the program, I'm reminded that we're really in a golden age for independent games — and the art form of games in general — and it feels great to be a part of helping those games come to Windows 10 and the Xbox One family of devices, including Project Scorpio later this year.
Over the years, some notable hits have made their way to Xbox One and Windows 10 through ID@Xbox, including the likes of Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, Inside, Happy Wars, and many others. Recent releases that helped push the program over that 500 release mark include the likes of Voodoo Vince: Remastered, Thimbleweed Park, and Cities: Skylines.
There's certainly more where that came from; according to Microsoft, more than 1000 games are currently in development from around 2000 studios that have development kits in hand. The long-awaited Cuphead is still on the horizon, as are other titles like Ashen and Tacoma. And with Project Scorpio coming later this year, we should continue to see even more impressive ID@Xbox releases revealed down the road.
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