Microsoft definitely heading in the right direction with indies, says Press Play

Wednesday, 24th April 2013 11:05 GMT By Dave Cook

Microsoft’s approach to supporting indie developers is slow but ongoing, according to Press Play lead designer Mikkel Thorsted, who is currently working on Xbox Live arcade platformer Max: The Curse of Brotherhood.

Speaking with Eurogamer, Thorstead said of Microsoft’s approach to indies, “It’s something we have a hard time relating to. I think people are wrong if they don’t think Microsoft are looking into that, and trying to do what they can to adjust to how the market is changing.

“Of course they are, and it’s actually also visible if you look at XBLA – there are free-to-play games, and there are more and more updates. It’s a huge organisation, and they might be slow but they’re definitely heading in the right direction.”

Press Play also developed Max and the Magic Marker, and was bought by Microsoft last year. Max: The Curse of Brotherhood is due for a spring release on Xbox Live Arcade.

What do you make of Microsoft’s approach to indies, and the closure of XNA? Does it have a fight on its hands against Sony’s aggressive indie push for PS4? Let us know what you think below.

Thanks OXM.



  1. laughing-gravy

    Was bought by Msoft last year! Toeing the company line eh, who would have thought it!

    #1 2 years ago
  2. hives

    Well… In comparison to Sony’s approach, Microsoft is still behind. I doubt they will focus so much on indie games on next-gen.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. No_PUDding

    I actually felt the same as him. We haven’t heard from Microsoft becuase they havent had anything to say yet.

    But, having actually read what he said, I don’t like the sound of:

    “looking into that”
    “trying to do what they can”
    “heading in the right direction”

    It almost sounds apologetic.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. Deacon

    These sort of articles would be interesting if they weren’t so biased.

    ( – no offense Dave! : )

    #4 2 years ago
  5. Beta

    I’ll believe it when I see it.

    #5 2 years ago
  6. woe

    @@laughing-gravy Ska Studios and The Behemoth had nothing but praise for Microsoft dealing with Indies

    #6 2 years ago
  7. ps3fanboy

    this must be the joke of the day… microsoft caring for indie, lol.

    we did see that with the x360, the few months when the x360 was new, it was all dandy. then they was kicking indies outta the door right and left. after that indies had to pay insane amount of money to get their creations on the x360, if it not was of benefited for microsoft.

    sonys focus on indie is a more serious one, they have made the vita a fantastic platform for the indies to created what they want for. then sony also have their mobil phones for indies. sony have shown they take indies serious with hw too boot.

    microsoft as usually talk outta their ass and just want to look serious about the matters. but in reality dont care… thats why all their indie news you read sounds apologetic. as the saying goes… you fool us once, but you dont fool us twice…

    #7 2 years ago
  8. Joe Musashi

    @6 Yes. Exclusive or exclusive-period indies that give Microsoft platform priority appear to get good treatment from Microsoft. However, the criticism of Microsoft’s handling of indies almost universally comes from people outside that bracket. A notable exception being Jonathan Blow who gave a long period of exclusivity and yet still has plenty of criticism.

    In summary: these exceptions don’t make the norm. It’d be propaganda to suggest otherwise.


    #8 2 years ago
  9. laughing-gravy

    @#6 I’m not getting at you or anything, but if you want to know how Msoft feels about gaming in general lately read these articles. They seem to have given up on it.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. N2O1990

    @9 Most stupid article ever

    #10 2 years ago
  11. Samoan Spider

    @9 Well I’ve pointed out the drawback of taking news from a place called SemiAccurate before but essentially, they back up their assessments with links to their own assessments. Circular logic is circular.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. laughing-gravy

    Deny it all you want it’s happening.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. Samoan Spider

    @12 Sorry, to clarify, I’m not denying anything. What I’m doing is pointing out the flaw in the argument. It has no factual basis and is merely a ‘feeling’ article. Not relevant when trying to prove a point. It’s what a court of law would call supposition.

    #13 2 years ago

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