Microsoft launched the ID@Xbox program last month to attract independent game developers to the Xbox One by applying for the program online. That response appears to have been what the company was looking for as ID@Xbox Chris Charla gave a number to how many applied during an interview released Tuesday.
While Charla deftly evaded questions on Sony's efforts to attract indie developers and timelines on the promise of turning retail Xbox One console into dev kits, he did say that there's been a large number of applicants to the program.
"We’ve gotten back to several hundred developers over the last few days and we’re continuing to do that," Charla told EDGE Online while answering a question about how many independent games the Xbox One will see after it launches on Nov. 22.
"We’re reading a lot of applications per day that are going through and we’re not putting developers on a timeline – like ‘hey, you need to ship a game by X date’. This is a program that enables them to be independent publishers and ultimately they set the dates, so it’s hard to give timelines for that reason."
Independent developers who are accepted into the program at this stage receive two free Xbox One dev kits and will submit the game concept to Microsoft when they are ready according to Charla. The game idea will be reviewed to make sure it doesn't contain "something super inappropriate" and then the developer will work on the game until they feel it is ready to submit for certification and release to the Xbox Game Store.
Charla told EDGE that Microsoft is only accepting experienced indie developers into the program at the start and explains why.
"So as we start the program, in the very early stages, we’re focusing a little bit more on teams that have a history of shipping games on console or elsewhere, just because those are the guys that are going to give us that early feedback that we need. As we open the program up more broadly, we’ll make a better experience for everybody."
There's been no announcements on what indie developed games, if any, from the ID@Xbox program will be available at launch with the Xbox One. However, Microsoft already has indie titles Below from Capy, Crimson Dragon from Grounding, Inc., and Project Spark from Team Dakota on the list of upcoming games.
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