Microsoft celebrates more than 500 games shipped through the ID@Xbox program

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 (opens in new tab), 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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  • 500 thought it would be in millions or have i misread title.
  • Unique game titles, not individual copies shipped.
  • lol unique all right. hahaha   most look like rip offs of the last or past. this craze with 80's looking indy games is unimpresive. 
  • It's really disappointing that none of them made it to Windows 10 (as far as I know). I don't have a console so I would love to play with my friends on Xbox.
  • Quite a few have made it to Windows. "Cities Skylines" is probably my favourite of those, "Hitchhiker" also and if you have a phone or tablet Gimme Five is a fun trivia game.
  • Wait, Cities Skylines is a play anywhere? I can download from the windows store?
  • I'm pretty sure that none of the indie games that made it to Windows support cross-platform multiplayer. I may be wrong though. The Play Anywhere site only lists maybe 10 games so I didn't realize that the list was bigger than that.
  • Enter the Gungeon and a few others are on win10 (I'm playing'em on xbox1 and continue my progress when I'm out). Middle Earth (not id@xb) is gonna be there too.
  • and about 450 of them i wont bother buying. unless more come to xbox play anywhere. i dont see a point to purchaseing games unless they have this tag. well im less likely now. 
  • The biggest problem with Indie Games is they get no advertisement on the marketplace. You don't even know they exist unless you just stumble upon them. And like someone else has said they there are Too many 80s looking games. I bought a new console to play current generation graphics. (Though I wouldn't be upset if someone made a good Punch Out looking boxing game)
  • they're selling some indy games, wow...