Xbox Alpha Ring Insiders Can Now Get Creators Collection Games

Xbox Alpha Ring Insiders Can Now Get Creators Collection Games”

The Xbox Live Creators Collection, a new page in the Xbox One Game Store, is now available to some testers as part of a pilot program.

Microsoft unveiled its Xbox Live Creators Program earlier this year, created to let indies self-publish games to the Xbox One Store.

The Xbox Live Creators Program removes the boundaries that used to dog Xbox developers-expensive development systems and the need for Microsoft to pre-approve any game ideas-and democratizes the process. Microsoft explained more about the new Xbox Live Creators Program back in March 2017 during GDC 2017.

If you're part of the Xbox Insider program, you should be able to check out the Creators Collection now.

As discussed during our interview with ID@Xbox Director, Chris Charla, the games published through the Creators Program undergo significantly less curation than other Xbox One titles. To ensure that there is minimal additional development time for games published through this method, developers can continue using the tools they're already using today to create UWP games. Developers can likewise choose between various game engines, including Construct 2, MonoGame, Unity, and Xenko, with more coming soon. Games for that program were developed using Microsoft XNA, and some became popular indie titles for the Xbox 360. Although this could be attributed to the in-progress nature of the Creator's Collection, this is also a by-product of offering an open and somewhat uncurated platform.

The first batch of games published under Microsoft's simplified self-publishing initiative have made their debut on the Xbox Store's digital shelves.

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