Microsoft’s Phil Harrison Expects First Indie Titles to Arrive on Xbox One in Early 2014
Xbox One is just around the corner with some huge launch titles about to approach, but after revising their indie self-publishing policies and showing a more supporting hand to indie developers, Microsoft still doesn’t expect indie support to come into at least a few months after their new console’s launch.
In an interview with Games Industry International, Microsoft Vice President Phil Harrison mentioned that Microsoft has received an overflow of applications to publish games on the Xbox One, with the company in return sending out free development kits and registration with Microsoft’s development program. However, despite the huge amount of interest, Harrison assured that having indie titles right at the launch will be unlikely. In the interview, Harrison mentioned:
“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.”
With the especially strong line-up of Xbox One’s launch releases, such as Dead Rising 3, Call of Duty: Ghosts, and upcoming titles like Titanfall, the lack of indie titles right away at launch may be a bit of a bummer, but in the long-run may be wiser to give them time to breath away from all of the big titles this coming November.
Microsoft will launch the Xbox One on November 22nd, 2013 this holiday season.