The new Xbox Line Creators Program gives budding developers an avenue to create and publish their own games to Xbox One and Windows 10, with a streamlined certification process and “no concept approval required”. In turn that means the titles won’t have access to Achievements or Xbox Live online multiplayer functionality. The new program is pretty much the return of Xbox Indie Games from the Xbox 360. Which is a good thing.
To celebrate the announcement Microsoft has released the following trailer showcasing some the games available to play.
Xbox Live Creators Program allows any developer to directly publish their games – any of their games – to Xbox One consoles and Windows 10 PCs with a standard certification process already in place for any other app or game in the Universal Windows Platform ecosystem. In other words, if you have a Dev Center account, then you’re ready to publish your game to Xbox One and Windows 10 PCs.
Any Creators Program game published on the Windows 10 Store will be listed in the Games category, it’s that simple. On the Xbox One console, we’ve created a special section of the Store called Creators Collection, so that your game can be easily discovered by people looking for something new.
Now, by being open to anyone you can probably expect to find quite a few rough and well, cheap looking games on the service. But, as seen in the trailer above it could pave the way for access to some generally unknown and underrepresented gems to emerge.