Microsoft Confirms ID@Xbox Developers

By Rebecca Smith,
While the Xbox One may have launched at the end of November, there is still a long way to go for the ID@Xbox team. The scheme will allow developers to self-publish their games on the Xbox One. Eventually, anybody who owns a retail version of the console will be able to turn it into a dev kit but, for now, Microsoft has sent out dev kits to over 50 studios with more to receive their kits once the scheme gains momentum.

Japanese developer Comcept will be looking to bring their platforming title Mighty No. 9 to the Xbox One, as well as the Xbox 360. Slightly Mad Studios will be publishing Project CARS, a racing title that recently made the jump from Xbox 360 development to the new generation. Behaviour Interactive is developing Warhammer 40,000: Eternal Crusade. After successful Kickstarter funding, WayForward Technologies will be self-publishing Shantae: Half-Genie Hero. Nicalis is currently developing Legend of Raven. Capybara will be bringing Super Time Force to the Xbox One through the ID@Xbox scheme. Meanwhile, their other title, Below, will be published by Microsoft Studios, as will the Xbox 360 version of Super T.I.M.E. Force.

Happion Labs is a studio whose members consist of Jamie Fristrom and nobody else. He created the swinging mechanic for Spider-Man 2 back on the Playstation and he also worked on some of the Tony Hawk games. He wants to create a game that combines the sense of swinging from rooftop to rooftop while performing mid-air tricks like loops, or wall-runs. The result is Energy Hook, a game due to be heading to the Xbox One early next year.

Definition 6 is also a one man team. Chris Hecker is developing Spy Party, where players take control of either a sniper or a spy in a one vs. one multiplayer game. The spy must infiltrate a party and carry out missions before time runs out. The sniper must kill the spy with his one shot before the missions are complete. The title was still a fair amount of time away from release back in March, so don't expect to see this one any time soon.

Zeboyd Games will be more familiar to gamers who have explored the Xbox LIVE Indie Games section of the Xbox 360 Games Store. The developer will now be bringing Cosmic Star Heroine to the Xbox One. The turn-based RPG puts players in the shoes of Alyssa L'Salle, a top agent for the galactic government. When she uncovers a dark conspiracy, her government reveals her secret identity to the public. Amongst her fans lie people baying for revenge, the people whom she had once crossed before earlier in her career. Will she "save the day"?

Some of you may have heard of DiveKick, a 2D parody of traditional fighting games that was created by Iron Galaxy Studios. The game uses just two buttons. The first makes you dive straight upwards into the air. The second makes you "kick at an opponent foot first at a downward angle". If you press the kick button while on the ground, your character will jump away from his opponent. The first hit wins the round and it is the best of five rounds. While the game has already been published for Playstation 3, Vita and Steam, Iron Galaxy will now be bringing it to the Xbox One.

We can make guesses at the incoming titles for some of the developers. Demiurge Studios has confirmed that they will be bringing the Shoot Many Robots franchise to the Xbox One. Only time will tell whether this is a port of the first game or whether it will be a sequel. Born Ready Games is best known for Strike Suit Zero on PC. Console development for this title was initially announced but then seemed discontinued after the game was released on PC. Will the title finally make it to the Xbox One? Crytek currently has Homefront 2 and Warface in development — maybe these will make the jump. Panic Button currently has Alien Race and an unannounced title that are both pencilled down for "consoles". Double Fine has recently regained the publishing rights to Costume Quest and Stacking — will we see sequels? Zen Studios may eventually publish Pinball FX 3, the game that we haven't heard mentioned for over 18 months.

As well as the above studios, Microsoft has also confirmed that these teams will be developing games for the Xbox One, although the details of these projects are currently secret. If you are interested, the link on each developer will tell you the games for which they are known on the Xbox 360.

• Double Eleven
• DrinkBox Studios
Gaijin Games
Halfbrick Studios
Hidden Path Entertainment
High Voltage Software
• Jackbox Games
• The Men Who Wear Many Hats
The Odd Gentlemen
Other Ocean Interactive
Signal Studios
Team 17
• Team Colorblind
• Vlambeer

When we hear more about any of the titles or studios above, we'll be sure to let you know.
Rebecca Smith
Written by Rebecca Smith
Rebecca is the Newshound Manager at TrueGaming Network. She has been contributing articles since 2010, especially those that involve intimidatingly long lists. When not writing news, she works in an independent game shop so that she can spend all day talking about games too. She'll occasionally go outside.
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