Announced at Gamescom, Microsoft is launching a new Independent Developers @ Xbox (ID@Xbox) program for developers to create and publish digital games on the upcoming Xbox One console.
Applications for the ID@Xbox program start as of right now, but it’s limited:
“For now, we’ll be open to people who have some established track record shipping games,” explains ID@Xbox director Chris Charla in an interview with The Verge. “We’re looking for developers who are going to help get games into the store in a pretty rapid pace.” Despite this, Charla says Microsoft is looking to expand the program “at a pretty good clip,” and will look at every developer individually and honestly. “We don’t have some sort of checklist where you have six of eight checks and get in… we’re going to look at every case on its own merits.”
Microsoft is also removing any fees for certification or updates for giving those accepted into the program TWO FREE Xbox One dev kits.