San Francisco's Game Developers' Conference is in full swing right now. At the conference are 25 titles that will be appearing as a result of Microsoft's ID@Xbox program, where developers can self-publish their games on the Xbox One. Microsoft has revealed all 25 of these titles to the media and, although we've heard of a few of them beforehand, some of them are new announcements.
Capybara's Super T.I.M.E. Force
and Iron Galaxy's Divekick Addition Edition +
were two of the first titles to be confirmed when the first round of developers was announced. Since then, Strike Suit Zero: Director's Cut
, Guacamelee! Super Turbo Championship Edition
and CastleStorm – Definitive Edition
have all been individually announced by their developers.
Today, Mimimi's colourful platformer The Last Tinker: City of Colors
was finally confirmed for the Xbox One after weeks of speculation regarding their target consoles. Also, after being confirmed amongst the second wave of developers, it was revealed that Compulsion's shadow-manipulating platformer Contrast
and FarSight's long-lost pinball simulator The Pinball Arcade
will be making the leap to the next generation too.
The many new titles cross a diverse range of genres. We decided that we would actually do some legwork and present you with some information on each title if at all possible, rather than present you with a bog-standard list of games that is likely to mean nothing. As a result, we've been forced to separate the article into two parts. Here are the first seven titles:1001 Spikes
Nicalis is a studio that may not be immediately familiar to Xbox gamers. The studio is responsible for downloadable titles on virtually every platform with the exception of Xbox. Having previously announced Legend of Raven
to be heading to the Xbox One, the developer chose instead to showcase hard-as-nails side-scrolling platformer 1001 Spikes
at GDC instead.
Protagonist Aban Hawkins must search for his estranged father, Jim Hawkins. The world-famous archaeologist disappeared while searching for the lost treasures of Ukampa in South America. Before he disappeared, Aban's sister Tina received a map that depicted the location of the ruins, so our intrepid hero must journey through the frozen Antarctic, uncharted temples and huge cavern networks to find him. Legend states that the treasure is hidden behind the Golden Door of Poko-Mum, but is this really worth the chances of facing death at every corner? Players begin their mission with 1001 lives but this may not be enough to reach your destination.Calibre 10 Racing Series
In contrast to the above title, Bongfish is the developer best known for the easy completion that was Harms Way
. Calibre 10 Racing Series
is being touted as the "spiritual successor" to that title, although this time the experience is entirely multiplayer.
The C10 Racing Series is the world's largest and most popular event with billions of viewers and it draws sponsorship from mega corporations. Race results determine the stock prices of their sponsors and the race participants, both racers and shooters, are paid extremely well. Will you reach legendary status as you travel around the world?Chariot
Frima Studios may be responsible for a string of Windows 8 titles, but this is their first foray into the world of Xbox. Unfortunately, little is known about this title. The "humorous physics-based platformer" places players in the roles of a brave princess and her suitor. They are tasked with carrying a funeral wagon through ancient mines to find a gold-laden tomb that is worthy enough for the burial of the King. Strike it rich by fending off the looters along your journey. Couch co-op is an option for those who don't want to face the journey alone.Chuck's Challenge 3D
Who remembers Chip's Challenge
, the 1989 game created for the Atari Lynx before being ported to the Amiga, Commodore 64, ZX Spectrum and Windows? Chuck Somerville, the game's creator, is now behind Chuck’s Challenge 3D
. In this puzzle game, players must dodge enemies, avoid traps and unlock doors if they are to escape the arena. Try to beat your best time.
This title was originally announced for the Xbox 360 back in 2012, but that version was forgotten as the game headed exclusively to PC, Mac and Linux. Now that developer BetaDwarf can self-publish on Microsoft's console, this action RPG jumps a generation to the Xbox One.
Players assume the role of a slave in the "toughest fantasy gladiator school of them all". You must win your freedom in bouts where the gladiators must fight to the death. If you follow the guidance of your spirit Mentor Balfus, he will help you to beat the trials and creatures that you will face by interacting with the magical shrines that are scattered through the arenas. Choose from four different classes, each with different skills and perks. If you get it wrong, simply swap class while keeping your progress. The game supports four-player co-op.FRU
At this year's Global Game Jam, developers were tasked with creating a game in just 48 hours. The theme was "We don't see things as they are but as we are". The winner of both the Judge and Audience awards at Breda was Through Games' FRU
, a puzzle-platformer that utilises the Kinect sensor to provide a literal interpretation of the theme.
When the level loads, players will see a situation from which there appears to be no escape. However, when the player steps in front of the camera, another situation is revealed with new ledges and a door. The player needs to stand in the right place and strike the right pose to be able to guide the anonymous elderly gentleman to his escape.Gunscape
The success of Blowfish Studios' game was riding entirely on their Kickstarter drive. However, their appearance at GDC confirms that the game will be heading to the Xbox One regardless of whether the campaign is a success. A cross between old-school first-person shooter and Project Spark
, players will be able to construct their own battle arenas before heading into combat against their friends.
After providing players with easy-to-use tools, the game uses a block-placement interface to let players create entire single-player campaigns, co-op maps or multiplayer arenas. share the creations with your friends or keep them all to yourself. Other players can vote on your creations and they can be shared with anybody, so if you don't have an ounce of creativity in your body, you can let everybody else do the work and just download the spoils.
Part two will bring the final eight titles to be revealed at GDC so stay tuned!