Microsoft has announced a significant expansion of its [email protected] program, which allows independent developers to create games for Windows 10 and Xbox One.
The new titles are available across Xbox One and Windows 10, and also for Xbox Game Pass subscribers. Microsoft says the initiative continues to support independent game developers.
“It’s that time of year again where talented game developers from around the world come together for the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco,” Microsoft’s Jessica Ronnell announced. “The [email protected] team is ready to kick off another showcase of amazing titles from independent developers in the [email protected] program.”
Microsoft also detailed its planned event at GDC 2019, where the 13 new titles will be available in San Francisco. In total, 30 games will be showcased at the Microsoft Booth at GDC.
We’re looking forward to this year at GDC, with 13 newly announced titles joining us in San Francisco and a total of 30 games featured across the Microsoft Booth, in the lower level of the South Hall, and our Developer Showcase event for media.
Here are the new titles coming to [email protected]
“Afterparty (Night School Studio) – Xbox Game Pass – In Afterparty, you are Milo and Lola, recently deceased best buds who suddenly find themselves staring down an eternity in Hell. But there’s a loophole: outdrink Satan and he’ll grant you re-entry to Earth.
Beholder 2 (E-Home Entertainment/Alawar Premium Limited) – Announced Today for Xbox One. “You are a newly employed department officer within the Ministry of a totalitarian State. While you are poised to have an illustrious career and possibly become Prime Minister someday, the way up won’t be easy. So, how high up the career ladder will you climb? The choice is still yours to make!”
Boomerang Fu (Cranky Watermelon Pty Ltd) – Announced Today for Xbox One & Windows 10. “Boomerang Fu is a frantic physics-based boomerang brawler for 1-6 players. Choose from an adorable cast of cheery food characters to slice and dice with boomerangs. Discover a ridiculous range of power-ups like wildfire, disguises and telekinesis. Stack them together between rounds to form dangerous combinations.”
CrossCode (Deck13 Interactive/Radical Fish Games) – Announced Today for Xbox One, Xbox One X Enhanced. “A retro-inspired 2D Action RPG set in the distant future. CrossCode combines 16-bit SNES-style graphics with butter-smooth physics, a fast-paced combat system, and engaging puzzle mechanics, served with a gripping sci-fi story.”
Dead Static Drive (Fanclub) – Announced Today for Xbox One, Xbox One X Enhanced. “Grand Theft Cthulhu. An existential road trip adventure game through a nightmare, nostalgic Americana world. Drive through a fictional USA, stopping in small towns, gas stations, and rundown city limits. What starts as a road trip evolves into a game of survival against a progressively oppressive world.”
Door Kickers: Action Squad (Killhouse Games/PixelShard) – Announced Today for Xbox One. “Door Kickers: Action Squad is an old school side scroller with a touch of strategy and tactics on top of the ridiculous SWAT style action. Literally kick the doors down, blast the bad guys and rescue hostages in explosive Single Player and Coop Multiplayer – with Couch play included.”
HyperDot (GLITCH/Tribe Games) – Announced Today for Xbox One & Windows 10, Xbox Play Anywhere. “Dodge everything in minimal action arcade game, HyperDot. Quickly evade enemies and test your skills in over 100 hand-crafted trials during campaign mode, outlast your friends in multiplayer battles, or build complex challenges with the custom level editor.”
Mowin’ & Throwin’ (House Pixel Games) – Announced Today for Xbox One. “Mowin’ & Throwin’ is a surprisingly fun pure party game experience where you control lawn gnomes in a chaotic contest to wreck each other’s yards. Go head to head or team up with a real-life friend to take down your other friends.”
StarCrossed (Whitethorn Digital/Contigo Games Inc.) – Announced Today for Xbox One. “StarCrossed is an action arcade game with a magical girl aesthetic and a cooperative twist. Join our cast of 5 space-faring heroes as they travel from planet to planet, working together to strengthen their bond and defeat a looming evil that threatens the galaxy!”
The Forgotten City (Modern Storyteller) – Announced Today for Xbox One, Xbox One X Enhanced. “A re-imagining of the award-winning, critically acclaimed mod with over two million downloads on Xbox One and PC. Like Russian Doll or Groundhog Day in a mythological Roman city, where everyone will die again and again, unless you break the cycle. Cleverly exploit a time loop to solve an ancient mystery. Re-write history.”
Totem Teller (Grinning Pickle) – Announced Today for Xbox One, Xbox One X Enhanced. “Join a wandering muse in search of inspiration. Gather listeners and retell stories in beautiful, broken places. Recover lost folklore or discard it forever. These stories are yours. Truth is in the telling.”
UnderMine (Thorium Entertainment) – Announced Today for Xbox One & Windows 10. “Raise up your pickaxe and delve deep into the UnderMine, uncovering its secrets, one peasant at a time. In this action-adventure roguelike, mine gold and discover new combinations of items to take on traps and monsters awaiting below. Rescue friends to unlock permanent upgrades and be the peasant that makes it out alive.”
Unrailed! (Daedalic Entertainment/Indoor Astronaut) – Announced Today for Xbox One & Windows 10. “Unrailed! is a multiplayer co-op game where you work together with your friends to gather resources and build a train track across endless procedurally generated worlds. Master random encounters with its inhabitants, upgrade your train and keep it from derailing!”