Microsoft returns Indie Games its glory on Xbox Live
Indie Games now has a place along with XBLA and Games on Demand.
Recipient of harsh criticism from users and developers alike, Microsoft has heeded calls for better discoverability of Indie Games on the new Xbox Dashboard by adding a tile right next to Xbox Live Arcade and Games on Demand on the Marketplace. The change was made last week via minor update.
Indie Games were buried under the Game Type Menu when the Metro style dashboard released last year, drawing wrath from many independent developers who accused Microsoft of focusing on advertisements rather than games from smaller studios.
“As you’ve now noticed, the Xbox Live Marketplace was updated to change the way games are surfaced to customers. Microsoft is continually working to better organise our digital game content on the platform and your feedback played a part in that,” Microsoft said in a statement given to Eurogamer.
“Part of this new organisation means that Xbox Live Indie Games now has a tile on the top level of the marketplace right next to Xbox Live Arcade and Xbox Games on Demand. Inside of the new Xbox Live Indie Games section, you’ll notice that there are New Release, Top Download, A-Z, and Genre options, as well as a rotating carousel that shows off Kotaku’s Picks, Contest Finalists, and can be used to house other content as desired.
“This update is something we are extremely excited about as it really brings Xbox Live Indie Games to a higher level of visibility in the dashboard. We believe these changes will help even more gamers find and experience the great offerings you’ve all developed for Xbox Live Indie Games.”