Microsoft’s Don Mattrick has promised that the company will support indie developers on Xbox One, following news that they will be forced to find a publisher if they wish to release games on the new console.
In a recent interview with Kotaku, Mattrick stated that “there’s no way we’re going to build a box that doesn’t support” indies. “We’re going to have an independent creator program,” he added. “We’re going to sponsor it. We’re going to give people tools. We’re going to give more information.”
“That is something we think–I think–is important. That’s how I started in the industry. There’s no way we’re going to build a box that doesn’t support that.”
Mattrick went on to point out the success of indie games on Xbox 360, “Indie creators exist right inside our ecosystem,” he said. “Probably the best example of a huge success is Minecraft. The work that Notch did [was] pretty amazing in the PC space. “We’re going to support those guys.”
Recently Microsoft confirmed that Xbox One users will be able to completely turn off the new Kinect, following concerns over privacy.