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Microsoft pledges indie support on Xbox One

Xbox boss says the new console will "have an independent creator program"

Microsoft's Xbox boss Don Mattrick has pledged support for indie developers on the new Xbox One console.


Mattrick addressed one of several hot topics surrounding the firm's new machine. News that indie developers will not be able to self-publish and that indie games will not be given a dedicated section on the Xbox One's digital marketplace sparked allegations that Microsoft had abandoned the indie scene.

One indie studio, Stealth Bastard developer Curve, went as far as to issue an official press release to declare its 'focus on PS4 development' following "the lack of independent support currently announced from Microsoft and the Xbox One."

In a recent interview with Kotaku, however, Mattrick insisted that "there's no way we're going to build a box that doesn't support" indie studios.

"We're going to have an independent creator program," said Mattrick.

"We're going to sponsor it. We're going to give people tools. We're going to give more information," he went on.

"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 highlighted the success of indies 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," concluded Mattrick.

Microsoft has been forced to speak out recently on multiple topics of debate surrounding its new console, including concerns over privacy and, more crucially, its treatment of the used games market.

Xbox One was revealed at an event on May 21, when Microsoft confirmed a launch for 'later this year'.