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.
XNA Game Studio Express will be available for free to anyone with a Windows(R) XP-based PC and will provide them with Microsoft's next-generation platform for game development.
During his keynote, Satchell talked about academic institutions that are lining up to include XNA Game Studio Express in their course offerings.
XNA Game Studio Express Opens Up Game Creation to the World
NET that simplifies the integration and use of game content, XNA Game Studio Express makes game development easier to accomplish for smaller projects, strongly increasing the chance for great game ideas to make it out of the concept stage and into the hands of gamers everywhere.
The XNA Game Studio Express beta is available as a free download on Windows XP, for development on the Windows XP platform.
Not only will XNA Game Studio Express turn the community into creators, but a second XNA toolset geared toward game development professionals is scheduled to be available in spring 2007, fundamentally changing the way commercial games are developed.
According to Microsoft, the XNA Game Studio Express tool kit will enable games to be created more easily, by enthusiasts, to run on the Xbox 360 or PCs running the company's Windows operating system.
Microsoft said the XNA Game Studio Express and Xbox 360 development will be included in the Autumn curricula of over ten universities and hopes to introduce the tool kit to high schools.
XNA Game Studio Express from Microsoft is a new game development solution targeted primarily at students, hobbyists, and independent game developers.
What we are trying to do is open the door a little wider with XNA tools from Microsoft and see how they can fit into video game development not only for students, hobbyist and independent game developers but what role XNA Game Studio Express may have in professional video game development as well," said Michael McCoy, SMU level design instructor and project lead on the XNA research project.