It would seem that given the rather huge social media backlash over Microsoft’s Xbox One console after its launch, the company is ready to make many concessions. Although Microsoft initially announced that Xbox One game developers will have to get their games approved by a publisher first, the company has now allowed developers to self-publish.
This much has been reported by Game Informer. According to the publication’s report, Microsoft has confirmed that developers will no longer have to go through a publisher in order to offer their games on Xbox One. Rather, such titles can self-published by the developers and made available to Xbox One users.
The company has also promised that it would divulge further details about this at the upcoming Gamescom conference in Germany. Meanwhile, Xbox executive Marc Whitten has also substantiated this change in policy.
According to him, “Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development. That every game and experience can take advantage of all of the features of Xbox One and Xbox LIVE. This means self-publishing. This means Kinect, the cloud, achievements. This means great discoverability on Xbox LIVE. We’ll have more details on the program and the timeline at Gamescom in August.”
In the past, games developers have fiercely criticized Microsoft for its policies towards Xbox titles. Until now, developers had to get a publisher’s approval before they could offer their games for the platform. However, with Xbox One, Microsoft is finally changing this, evidently in response to the vastly negative feedback.