Xbox Live Creators Program launches today with its first wave of uncurated indie games
The spiritual successor to XBLIG allows anyone to publish their game directly to Xbox One and PC.
Back on Xbox 360, a little program known as XBLIG, or Xbox Live Indie Games, served as fertile ground for all sorts of quirky and experimental games that would have never seen the light of day as full-blown Xbox Live Arcade titles. That's because XBLIG allowed developers of all shapes and sizes to release their games directly onto Xbox 360 without requiring specific approval by Microsoft. Much like Steam, this led to an explosion of creativity, and while there were certainly plenty of throwaway experiences in the XBLIG catalogue, games like Bleed and DLC Quest stood out as shining examples of the benefits of an open marketplace.
Sadly, Aussies didn't have access to the XBLIG library due to conflicts with the Australian Classification Board. We do, however, get to enjoy the fruits of the Xbox Live Creators Program, the spiritual successor to XBLIG that's launching today for Xbox One and PC. Like XBLIG, the Creators Program gives developers a fast track to release their games without going through the lengthy approval process required for traditionally published titles. The only catch is that games released through the Creators Program can't include achievements, Gamerscore or online multiplayer.
To kick off the program, nine games are already available for purchase. These include the forward-scrolling shooter Space Cat!, which brings back memories of Star Fox, the anthropomorphic mini-game collection Animal Rivals and the fantasy-themed capture-the-flag game Crystal Brawl.
All the current and upcoming games released through the Creators Program can be found in the Creators Collection section of the Xbox One Store and in the general Games section of the Microsoft Store on Windows 10.