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August 14, 2006

Microsoft offers free XNA Game Studio Express for wannabe game developers

Posted by David Hunter at 9:49 AM ET.

Press release:

In the 30 years of video game development, the art of making console games has been reserved for those with big projects, big budgets and the backing of big game labels. Now Microsoft Corp. is bringing this art to the masses with a revolutionary new set of tools, called XNA Game Studio Express, based on the XNA™ platform. XNA Game Studio Express will democratize game development by delivering the necessary tools to hobbyists, students, indie developers and studios alike to help them bring their creative game ideas to life while nurturing game development talent, collaboration and sharing that will benefit the entire industry.

During his keynote presentation today at Gamefest 2006, a Microsoft® game developer event hosted by Microsoft in Seattle, Chris Satchell, general manager of the Game Developer Group at Microsoft, announced details of the new technology, which will be broadly available this holiday season. XNA Game Studio Express will be available for free to anyone with a Windows® XP-based PC and will provide them with Microsoft’s next-generation platform for game development. By joining a “creators club” for an annual subscription fee of $99 (U.S.), users will be able to build, test and share their games on Xbox 360™ and access a wealth of materials to help speed the game development progress. This represents the first significant opportunity for novice developers to make a console game without a significant investment in resources.

The XNA Game Studio Express beta will be available Aug. 30, 2006, as a free download on Windows XP, for development on the Windows XP platform. XNA Game Studio Express will give anyone with a Windows XP-based PC access to a unified development tool that liberates the creation of great Xbox 360 and Windows XP-compatible games, providing a new alternative to the existing multithousand-dollar development kits that many console games require. The final version of XNA Game Studio Express will be available this holiday season.

Microsoft also said that more than 10 universities, including the University of Southern California and Southern Methodist University, will include XNA Game Studio Express and Xbox 360 development in their fall curricula.

I must confess to having developed some “hobbyist” games in the past, but that was in a much simpler time and that’s the likely problem here. The reason that modern games are developed by teams with massive budgets is that the standards are quite high and you need a team of specialists to handle all the aspects. That being said, there’s no reason that an individual or small group couldn’t successfully develop a so-called “casual game” and this is a good way to pull them on to the Microsoft platforms. Of course, this is the same approach as the free Visual Studio Express editions for regular programming.

Filed under General Business, Marketing, Microsoft, PC Games, Public Relations, Tools, XNA, Xbox

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3 Responses to “Microsoft offers free XNA Game Studio Express for wannabe game developers”

  1. XNA Game Studio Express beta shipped -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] As promised earlier this month, the beta of Microsoft’s hobbyist game development tooling, XNA Game Studio Express, shipped yesterday as Chris Paladino reveals at the Gamescore blog: The XNA Game Studio Express beta is ready to go! Get out there and start your game programming career! … More info, assets, help, and everything you need can be found over at the XNA Homepage. This intial release is targeted at PC (i.e. Windows XP) games only, but the final version which also supports Xbox 360 is due near the end of the year. Filed under Xbox, Tools, Beta and CTP, PC Games, XNA, Microsoft   [Permalink] [TrackBack] [...]

  2. XNA Game Studio Express launches today -- Microsoft News Tracker Says:

    [...] You may recall that XNA Game Studio Express is Microsoft’s free toolset for hobbyist gamer developers on both the PC and Xbox 360 platforms. There may well be a formal press release later, but you can already download Microsoft XNA Game Studio Express 1.0 and the Microsoft XNA Framework Redistributable 1.0. Filed under Xbox, Tools, PC Games, General Business, XNA, Public Relations, Marketing, Microsoft [...]

  3. Raymundo Says:

    I want this software because i like to make easy and funny videogames. And i can give you ones.

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