Quantcast
Microsoft abandoning XNA Game Studio - Destructoid




Game database:   #ABCDEFGHIJKLMNOPQRSTUVWXYZ         ALL     Xbox One     PS4     360     PS3     WiiU     Wii     PC     3DS     DS     PS Vita     PSP     iOS     Android


Microsoft abandoning XNA Game Studio


11:00 AM on 02.03.2013
XNA is deadMicrosoft abandoning XNA Game Studio photo



Those in the know have seen this day approaching for quite some time, but Microsoft has made it official. XNA Game Studio is effectively done. A leaked internal email revealed the company is prepared to retire the development toolset on April 1, 2014. While some believe this could spell the end for Xbox Live Indie Games, a Microsoft representative told Polygon the company wouldn't be discontinuing the service entirely. 

"XNA Game Studio remains a supported toolset for developing games for Xbox 360, Windows and Windows Phone," the representative said. "Many developers have found financial success creating Xbox Live Indie Games using XNA. However, there are no plans for future versions of the XNA product."

While a CVG source notes "no-one wants to learn a dying technology," options do exist for those still developing with XNA. MonoGame is an open source implementation of the software designed to help developers to port their games to other platforms. Many prominent indie games, Skulls of the Shogun for example, have already used the program to do just that.

Microsoft has 'no plans for future versions' of XNA software, will not phase out DirectX [Polygon]






Comments not appearing? Anti-virus apps like Avast or some browser extensions can cause this.
Easy fix: Add   [*].disqus.com   to your software's white list. Tada! Happy comments time again.

Did you know? You can now get daily or weekly email notifications when humans reply to your comments.







Indie

9:00 PM on 01.26.2015
A free roguelike with music by Banjo-Kazooie's Grant Kirkhope? Yes, please!

I'm struggling to stop playing The Enchanted Cave 2 for long enough to tell you about it. Unassuming name and overabundance of roguelikes aside, this browser-based game is terrific. You delve into a cavern in search of gold, ...more



7:30 PM on 01.26.2015
Axiom Verge does speedrunning and gifs right

I had Axiom Verge on my mind earlier today when writing about Ghost Song, another promising Metroidvania. This slick gif ensures the game will remain there for the rest of the day. Designer Tom Happ included it in a blog post...more



5:00 PM on 01.26.2015
Ghost Song is an unsettling Metroid-like adventure

Nintendo may not be working on a new 2D Metroid, but we've got creators like Matt White and Tom Happ out there filling that void with Ghost Song and Axiom Verge, respectively. I come away feeling like we're in good hands eve...more



View all Indie






Back to Top




All content is yours to recycle through our Creative Commons License permitting non-commercial sharing requiring attribution. Our communities are obsessed with videoGames, movies, anime, and toys.

Living the dream since March 16, 2006

Advertising on destructoid is available: Please contact them to learn more