Today’s the big day for Microsoft’s XNA Team and they’re having a party:
Come join the members of the XNA team as we celebrate the launch of XNA Game Studio Express and the XNA Creators Club! You’ll see demonstrations of how you can build and run XNA Framework-based games on your Xbox 360 and Windows PC, as well as getting a chance to mingle with the XNA product team. Come and check out the final product, as well as samples developed in-house by the XNA team and friends. In fact, bring your own games developed using XNA Game Studio Express and show them off!
We’ll also deliver a number of short “mini tutorials” on XNA Game Studio Express and the XNA Framework based on your requests! Simply let us know what you want us to cover by leaving a comment on this blog post and we’ll work on pulling something together for the most popular requests. We will tally the results and then begin the talks promptly at 6:30pm Monday night.
You may recall that XNA Game Studio Express is Microsoft’s free toolset for hobbyist game 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.
Update: Here’s the press release:
Your World. Your Game. With today’s release of Microsoft® XNA™ Game Studio Express and the launch of the XNA Creators Club, this phrase has never been more true. Based on the easy-to-use Visual C#® 2005 Express Edition and Microsoft .NET Compact Framework, XNA Game Studio Express opens up the world of game development to the masses and is now available for free to anyone with a Windows® XP-based PC at http://www.msdn.com/XNA. With the release of XNA Game Studio Express, Microsoft Corp. unveiled the XNA Creators Club, opening up video game development to untapped creative minds, enabling anyone to affordably build and play amazing game ideas on Xbox 360 systems for the first time ever.
The XNA Creators Club is available on Xbox Live® Marketplace for $49 (U.S.) for a four-month subscription, or $99 (U.S.) for an annual subscription. Both subscriptions provide aspiring game developers with access to thousands of game assets from Microsoft and key supporters such as Turbo Squid Inc., as well as white papers, specialized starter kits, samples and technical product support to help turn Your World, Your Game into a reality.