I had my game running, albeit slowly on the Xbox360 internet explorer a year or so ago. This is great to quickly show your game to friends on a big tv, but not so good if you want to make money from it. As a community we could bundle a few games together and really have a run at the big guys with The 101+ indie game bundle.
I am going to really delve into this one and find out whats' what, because it seems the best route to actually making enough cash to live off. I know some peeps that released onto the 360 arcade and they have never looked back since. I know only the top 10-15% of xbox indie developers made enough cash to live off and they were minecraft clones and avatar games, so I am aiming for the arcade standard.
My theory is this..Microsoft are planning/implementing their universal Windows App, in the future we will see xbone gamers play against pc gamers(again,since it did not make it last time). Under this new scheme, you should in theory be able to make a windows 10 game and xbone, in theory...?
This topic is brushed upon at this thread:
Where these websites are mentioned:
My problem with this official ms site is that is does not directly address the issue of Construct 2 and so we can't read anything into it with certainty. We all want to get our games in front of the Xbox live community, frankly it was "my facebook" as in it was my social revolution, long before facebook was even conceived. Before that I had an xbox original hub and had halo parties (happy dayz).
I have come to realize that those that are putting their games on the xbone will have signed an non disclosure agreement and as such might not be able to discuss things here, so openly.
Also from that thread, Ashley said
"We already support universal apps, and if there is anything we need to change to support the Xbox One then we will obviously do that as soon as humanly possible.
As for Spartan I've heard it has performance improvements, so it should be a nice improvement over IE11 - but I don't think they have any plans to port it to windows 7/8 right now, so the ridiculous OS support limitations of IE will continue... even if Spartan is as good as Chrome, I'd still recommend Chrome or Firefox simply because you can get the latest version on any OS!"
So thats great news!
If you have concerns about the size of your game, like I have. then its a typical rookie mistake, I was too ambitious and did not use tile mapping, although it was not available then, so who can blame me. Anyway, I would advise an episodic format, that way it is 6 smaller games. I am sure you would experience some drop off in players as a negative side effect, but it would also make it easy to boost uptake with a free episode, discounted offers or playable demo. Not to mention the obvious benefits of building a more ambitious game.
Think about it, after the first episode the backbone of the next one is already built, you just add and change whats needed!
I'm not a fan of in app purchases, I come from an advertising background and don't mind them, but gamers hate them. Over the last year I have come to realise that advertising is not going to pay your bills. The average rate is between $1 for 1000 plays and $5 for 1000 plays, but this varies depending on the type of advert. Basically, its feeble. So I would not bother again. It is easy to delude yourself into thinking, maybe if I make a better game, maybe the next one will make it, etc.
Don't trick yourself, we work hard, we deserve to be paid. A few bucks seems like nothing to xbox gamers, compared to trying to get blood from a stone on the mobile market and app stores.
Time and time again, those ready to adopt the new hardware and release early have seen the bottom line benefit in sales because they have a limited choice of games, although it is probably too late for that speech already.
Nintendo were a big consideration for our game Tobi Shinobi, but that is cancelled(over ambitious) and I was not convinced that I would not end up in debt to Ninty. Microsoft dev kits will only cost me a new xbox one to get going, unless im mistaken(I have not signed up yet). PS4, I looked into, but did not have the resources of a full studio and subsequently could not complete the sign up process.
Xbox live is my community, even if they are losing the hardware war I still have a lot of pull in the community and could get significant sales based on this alone. Most of them would be happy to pay a few pounds if I put it on a plate in front of them. Times that by 100 sales and you are into the bottom end of numbers you can live off, providing you can repeat it on a monthly basis, which should be no problem once word gets around and you get some referrals along the way. I can foresee that people are not going to pay every month forever, but it helps boost you at the start and once the ball is rolling keeping it rolling is easier as you gain recognition. Followers on xbox one make that easier too.
Good luck everybody, I hope this helps focus you on where you want to be!