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Indies Are Important To Microsoft, Says Lionhead Exec

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Microsoft has been quite mum about their policy on independent developers for the Xbox One, but Lionhead Studios creative director Gary Carr says the tech behemoth should be announcing their intentions “very soon,” and that they are “passionate” about indies.


“Oh, I think you’ll find he’s coming,” said Carr to OXM. “His platform is very soon, don’t you worry about that.”

He then discussed the impact and importance of indie developers to the industry.

“I certainly know that Microsoft want to talk at future press events about their relationships with indies. I can’t really talk about that, but they’re very passionate about building a strong relationship with indie development – indie development is the future.

“I’ve been an indie developer for 23 of my 28 year career, so I completely – there is no future to the games business without independent developers, they always will shape the industry, and the big corporations will follow. So that relationship is important.

“I don’t mind having the big players like the Sonys, the Microsofts, the Amazons. I think you need these big giants out there, they kind of hold it all together in some way, but the real driving force of the industry has always been independent development. That’s what shapes and changes and creates innovation. I think they can coexist.”