E3 2014: ID@Xbox Program Fosters Incredible Lineup of Xbox One Indie Games

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Lately Sony’s been getting all the attention for its staunch support of indie developers on PlayStation consoles, but during the company’s E3 briefing Microsoft professed an undying love for all things indie by showcasing a jam-packed lineup of Xbox One titles backed by the ID@Xbox independent developers publishing program. Save for a brief appearance during a sizzle montage, Capy’s Below (last year’s Xbox One E3 indie darling) was barely even highlighted. That’s how stacked the lineup was.

Read along for but a small taste of the Xbox One indies that caught my eye. (Yes, this is considered a small list compared to the full lineup of revealed games!)

Cuphead by Studio MDHR – “Cuphead” is a single player or co-op run and gun platformer, heavily focused on boss battles. Inspired by 1930s cartoons, the visuals are hand drawn and inked, and the music is all original jazz recordings. Cuphead & Mugman traverse strange worlds, acquire new weapons, learn powerful super moves and uncover hidden secrets.

INSIDE by Playdead – Since the release of LIMBO in 2010, Playdead has been working very hard on their next game, INSIDE. Expect INSIDE in the first half of 2015, debuting on Xbox.

Ori and the Blind Forest by Moon Studios – Venture with Ori, a young orphan destined for heroics, in this action-packed adventure for Xbox One and PC. Play through an amazingly beautiful and emotional journey as you help Ori save his dying forest of Nibel.

Hyper Light Drifter by Heart Machine – “Hyper Light Drifter” is an action adventure RPG in the vein of the best eight-bit and 16-bit classics, with modernized mechanics and designs on a much grander scale.

Mighty No. 9 by Comcept – Mighty No. 9 is an all-new Japanese side-scrolling action game that takes the best aspects of the 8- and 16-bit era classics you know and love, and transforms them with modern tech, fresh mechanics, and fan input into something fresh and amazing!

Source by Fenix Fire Entertainment – “Source” is an adventure game that exists in another dimension. You control a firefly with the power to manipulate energy with all living creatures. However, this world is being devoured by a dark energy that is tearing the world apart, and it’s your destiny to stop this threat of extinction.

White Night by Osome Studio – In America’s early thirties, explore the macabre past of an old family manor and solve puzzles of light and shadows. At the crossroads of fantastic literature, cinema and videogames, this fully black and white survival horror will teach you that light can be very fragile… and darkness often lethal.

Woolfe – The Red Hood Diaries by GriN – “Woolfe – The Red Hood Diaries” is a non-sugarcoated fairytale platformer, full of drama and dark twists. In a fantasy-like setting – with dangerous smoke-spewing factories, a charming medieval village and nature manipulated by the evil – we follow the vendetta of a fearless Little Red Riding Hood.

NERO by Storm in a Teacup – “NERO” features a simple gameplay with accessible controls in a rich interactive environment filled with puzzles. NERO invites players to explore and experience emotions and feelings that are uncommon in videogames, redefining the visual novel genre and reshaping it in a next-generation first-person game.

Never Alone by E-Line Media, Upper One Games – Built in partnership with the Alaska Native community, “Never Alone” (Kisima Ingitchuna) delves deeply into the traditional lore of the Inupiat people of the Arctic to present a game experience like no other. An atmospheric puzzle platformer of wondrous adventure and survival in a place where survival shouldn’t be possible.

FRU by Through Games – “FRU” is a Kinect-based puzzle platformer in which the player utilizes both a joystick and their body to control the game. In fact, in “FRU,” the player’s silhouette is used to reveal what lies beneath the world at first glance. “FRU’s” gameplay changes according to the player’s shape, pose and movement.

Source: Xbox Wire

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