In the beginning people were quite critical of Microsoft's strategy for indie games on the Xbox One. Now? There's been a real about turn. The [email protected] program is absolutely bustling with interesting video games and some of them are being made in Australia.
E3 2015 felt like a good representation of that shift in approach. Previously Microsoft gave indie games a nice little montage video if they were lucky. They did that again this year, but took a handful of interesting indie games and put them centre-stage during the conference. It was a refreshing change, and one that highlighted a few games among my most anticipated for the remainder of 2015.
Anyway, the point of this post: Major Nelson did a pretty cool thing today. To remind everyone about indie games on Xbox One, he created a list of all the upcoming games on the [email protected] service. There are a lot. You can find the list here along with trailers for all the games.
I've picked out a few I'm really excited about. Like...
This was shown at the conference, but it still looks great. It's also being made in New Zealand which is cool.
I clicked on this because of bacon. I admit it. I only mildly regret it.
A cool game about pizza and bullying. Made in Australia by a development team made up of a mother, a father and their artist daughter.
No Time To Explain
I've had a soft spot for this ever since it was goddamn awesome flash game years ago.
So, a lot of stuff. You can check out the full list of games, alongside their trailers, here