In an interview with Kotaku’s Stephen Totilo in the New York Times, Microsoft Head of Interactive Entertainment Don Mattrick said the company plans to support indie developers on the Xbox One.
“We’re going to have an independent creator program,” Mattrick said. “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,” he said of an indie program to Totilo. “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’s comments come after General Manager of Redmond Game Studios and Platforms Matt Booty told Shacknews that the console will not allow indie developers to self-publish their games on the Xbox One.
Mattrick went on to praise the success of Minecraft for the Xbox 360, and said, “We’re going to support those guys.”
What all this means, and if it’s true or not, remains to be seen.
Microsoft will return to the stage next month during the Electronic Entertainment Expo in Los Angeles, where we will hopefully learn more.
Source: Kotaku, New York Times, Shacknews