Microsoft Reveals List of Developers for ID@Xbox Indie Program

Microsoft has today revealed the first wave of companies that have joined their ID@Xbox indie development program.

There are around a dozen well known studios in there like Double Fine, Hidden Path Entertainment and Crytek. Perhaps it was Microsoft’s notion of dropping its exclusivity requirement that prompted such a good response.

Previously, Microsoft wanted that the games remain the exclusive or at least timed-exclusive to the Xbox platform. Microsoft said instead, it is going to work with developers on a case-by-case basis on titles released on other platforms.

“We do not require exclusivity agreements. However, we do ask for day one parity with other console game platforms,” a Microsoft spokesperson said. “In instances where games have signed a timed exclusive with another platform, we’ll work with them on a case by case basis.”

Below is the full list of developers Microsoft has so far announced as part of the ID@Xbox program. It includes developers from more than 50 countries, including Japan.

  • Behaviour Interactive
  • Bongfish
  • Born Ready
  • Capy
  • Comcept
  • Crytek
  • Definition 6
  • Double Fine
  • Drinkbox
  • Gaijin Games
  • Happion Labs
  • Hidden Path Entertainment
  • High Voltage Software
  • Inis
  • Iron Galaxy
  • The Men Who Wear Many Hats
  • Nicalis
  • Ninja Bee
  • The Odd Gentlemen
  • Other Ocean
  • Panic Button
  • Slightly Mad Studio
  • Team 17
  • Team Colorblind
  • Vlambeer
  • Way Forward
  • Zeboyd Games
  • Zen Studios

This past week it was uncovered that the Xbox One can be used as a dev kit but Microsoft has warned everyone not to tinker with the system, and that it should be left to only professional developers. Otherwise, there’s a chance you might brick your console.