Microsoft does away with XNA
According to CVG, Microsoft sent out a mass email earlier this week, in which the company states it has decided to discontinue its XNA platform.
Hm. Hopefully it might make a return.
I found out the date for the expiration of XNA is April 1, 2014 which is suppose to be past or when the next Xbox console comes out.
This was bound to happen since new development kits always get developed when new systems come out.
Would surprise me if Microsoft did cut the indie games market out. After all, Bill Gates has a butt ton of money.
Hopefully the successor to XNA will be much better for developers. Also was Bastion made with XNA? I ask because that was the picture on the link on the front page.
Considering the fact that Microsoft has been making things much harder for Indie Game devs, they're probably killing it off.
Things are looking pretty good for Nintendo. Hell, Fire Emblem Awakening comes out tomorrow. The Ouya is on its way, and from what I've seen, E3 is going to kick ass. Try to see the glass half full.
My team and I dropped XNA not too long ago, and focused on using Dark GDK instead for our own project. Man, did we make the right choice.
2013 so far has had two of the three 1st Party Developers we know getting ready to shoot themselfves in the foot. First Sony with the PS4 not playing used games. Now with Microsoft making games harder to develope and might even be getting rid of indie games. Not to mension the other facts that THQ and Atari are bankrupt. This year is already going down the toilet.
If you look at the time table on which it is going to expire, April 1st, 2014, that is several months AFTER the new console launches. This falls right in line with the same time table of the original Xbox being discontinued after the launch of the 360. Expect the new indie dev tools to be shown off at either GDC 2014 or E3 2014, and it will no doubt cover Windows 8 in addition to Windows Phone 8 and the new Xbox console.
This is right out of their playbook, if history is any indication.
Between the new console on the horizon & how desperately Microsoft wants the Windows Phone 8 & RT to take off, they can't be so asinine as to remove a tool that made it easier to create content for those 2 things. I'm sure we'll see some new kits come out that are designed more towards each platform individually and some designed to help bridge the gap between them.
Of course Microsoft took the kits away. These developers weren't making what Microsoft really wanted, First Person Shooters. Originality has no place here. lol
I hope it doesn't mean the end of Indie XBLA. It's better for indie games to be more diverse, and besides PC, Xbox is as diverse as it gets.
I say let it happen and let the indie developers abandon microsoft for good! That way I won't feel ashamed in not buying that durango ever.
Hm. This is very interesting though I feel it could be a very bad move. Nintendo is very hungry for indie devs and is working closely with a lot of them. Already those who published on the Eshop spoke highly of how their games are treated and how easily it is to develop for the system so if Msoft doesn't attract back these smaller studios, Nintendo may scoop them up.