Microsoft Announces ID@Xbox Game Fest a Month-Long Celebration of Independent Games

on May 2, 2016 11:35 PM

Microsoft has announced that the month of May will be very indie-centric, with the first ID@Xbox Game Fest. Throughout the month, Microsoft will be celebrating independent games with promotions and sales.

Chris Charla highlighted how ID@Xbox developers took up four out of the five Top Paid and Top Free charts for Xbox One, and Aaron Greenburg mentioned the “unique experiences” and innovation that comes from indie games.

Each week will have its own theme and games that will be highlighted or sold at a discount, and you can find a brief outline of those plans below, as well as a trailer for the first week.

May 3-9: Discover. ID@Xbox has hosted a number of memorable, outside-the-box games, like The Park, Beyond Eyes, and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime. And that’s just the start. It’s time to broaden your horizons – discover new experiences, new creators, and new ways to play!

May 10-16: Play for Free. Everyone loves free stuff, and Xbox One is home to many top-notch free-to-play titles, such as Smite, Warframe, and ROBLOX. We’ll show you some of the best games from independent developers that you can play for free right now, to get the most bang for your non-buck.

May 17-23: What’s Next. The Xbox Game Preview program has already featured a number of acclaimed titles, including Layers of Fear (which has since graduated to a full release!), The Long Dark, and The Solus Project. We’ve got more games coming to the program, and this is your chance to get early access to tomorrow’s future indie hits, engage with developers, and help shape the next wave of awesome games

May 24-30: Best of ID@Xbox. Finally, we’ve got some great deals on some of the best ID@Xbox games and bundles. Most of these indie standouts need no introduction – we’re talking stuff like Rocket League, Rogue Legacy, The Escapists, and The Banner Saga. If you’ve never experienced them, we’re going to be offering you plenty of incentive to pick some of these modern classics.

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