Though not an official statement, Phil Spencer, Head of Microsoft Studios, tweeted that we should be expecting some new independent titles for Xbox One shown at GDC.
In response to being asked if there were to be any games seen at GDC this year, Spencer responded with, “We’ll have some ID@Xbox stuff at GDC is the current plan.”
Two games have already been announced that will self publishing through ID@XBOX [Independent Development @ Xbox], a new Worms game and Nutjitsu, a game by the creators of the Kefling games for the Xbox 360.
Indie games have always played a big part in the Xbox ecosystem, and even though there isn’t an XBLA on the Xbox One, they will continue to play a big part there as well. More importantly, Sony has taken much of the mindshare when it comes to indie development. From their initial PS4 reveal with eight indie games on stage, to their continued stream of announcements of small devs bringing games to their system; Sony has become the go to for indie console games. Microsoft used to hold that spot, and if they want it back, they are really going to need to push their ID@Xbox program.