It's been an interesting journey for the ID@Xbox program since it started out on the Xbox One. With qualified game developers having the opportunity to self-publish their titles on Xbox One and Windows 10, we've seen games ranging from pretty poor and good for nothing but easy gamerscore to titles that offer massive amounts of replayability and rival the quality of a triple A title. To celebrate the success and promising future of ID@Xbox, Microsoft has announced the ID@Xbox Game Fest that will take place all month long and showcase content offered by indie developers on Xbox One.
Aaron Greenberg, General Manager of Product Marketing, Xbox is confident in the future of ID@Xbox:Since the days of the original Xbox, I have been a huge fan of independent games that bring us incredibly creative and unique experiences you just cannot find anywhere else. The innovation of great games coming from developers in the ID@Xbox program is incredible, from big hits like ARK: Survival Evolved and Rocket League, to discovering totally new experiences like Oxenfree, The Flame in the Flood, and Superhot.
Microsoft plans on highlighting a new batch of ID@Xbox titles each week in May and the lineup will include some brand-new releases. Each week, the selection of titles will feature a specific theme as well as "additional creator spotlight content and special discounts for our fans". Here's the schedule detailing what's to come and when:May 3-9: Discover. ID@Xbox has hosted a number of memorable, outside-the-box games, like The Park, Beyond Eyes, and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime. And that’s just the start. It’s time to broaden your horizons – discover new experiences, new creators, and new ways to play!
May 10-16: Play for Free. Everyone loves free stuff, and Xbox One is home to many top-notch free-to-play titles, such as Smite, Warframe, and ROBLOX. We’ll show you some of the best games from independent developers that you can play for free right now, to get the most bang for your non-buck.
May 17-23: What’s Next. The Xbox Game Preview program has already featured a number of acclaimed titles, including Layers of Fear (which has since graduated to a full release!), The Long Dark, and The Solus Project. We’ve got more games coming to the program, and this is your chance to get early access to tomorrow’s future indie hits, engage with developers, and help shape the next wave of awesome games
May 24-30: Best of ID@Xbox. Finally, we’ve got some great deals on some of the best ID@Xbox games and bundles. Most of these indie standouts need no introduction – we’re talking stuff like Rocket League, Rogue Legacy, The Escapists, and The Banner Saga. If you’ve never experienced them, we’re going to be offering you plenty of incentive to pick some of these modern classics.
Lastly, we have a a trailer from Xbox's YouTube channel that showcases a few teaser clips as well as the ID@Xbox Game Fest schedule:
The fun kicks off tomorrow, May 3rd and last throughout the month. We'll be sure to keep you guys covered on all of the juicy reveals, deals and details as and when they are revealed.