Microsoft to end Xbox 360’s indie games program
The Xbox Live Indie Games are about to become a thing of the past as the Xbox brand moves forward
The company added that it would allow new games (as long as they are already in development) to be added to the service through Sept. 9, 2016 but that the program is being shuttered because many of its developers have moved on to making games for Xbox One via its new ID@Xbox program, which allows independent developers to create games for the Xbox brand using readily-available engines like Unity.
“More than 1,000 developers with kits in hand [are] working on the next generation of games for Xbox One and Windows 10,” said Microsoft, according to GameSpot.
Players will still be able to redownload and play games they’ve previously purchased through the program. All developers who participated in the program will be paid out after the service ends next September. Developers will also receive lifetime Windows Developer accounts, according to Microsoft.