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The First Xbox One Indie Games: Worms and Nutjitsu

by Eric Frederiksen | February 10, 2014February 10, 2014 6:15 pm PDT


Phil Spencer, Corporate Vice President of Microsoft Studios, revealed on Twitter the first two games heading to Xbox One via Microsoft ID@Xbox program: Nutjitsu and Worms.

ID@Xbox is Microsoft’s self-publishing platform for independent game developers, announced shortly after the system’s launch last year. It’s been described by Microsoft has a proverbial haven for small developers looking to launch their software on a major console.

OXM notes that Nutjitsu is already available on the Windows store, available for Windows Phone and Windows 8. It looks to be a sort of Pac-Man type of game where you, a ninja squirrel, must retrieve your acorns from the samurai foxes that stole them, navigating a map of narrow paths and avoiding those foxes, preferably not alerting them.

Spencer mentioned Worms, as well, and Worms developer Team 17 followed that up with a press release with a bit more information. But just a little.

The game, titled Worms Battlegrounds, will be heading to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 as a self-published title, set for release sometime in 2014. We can surely expect mis-aimed rocket launchers and sweet ninja rope action, but what beyond that? We’ll find out later this year.

For the first titles coming through the ID@Xbox program, what do you think?

Eric Frederiksen

Eric Frederiksen has been a gamer since someone made the mistake of letting him play their Nintendo many years ago, pushing him to beg for his own,...