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ID@Xbox at GDC: Where We’ll Be & What to See!

IT’S HAPPENING. The ID@Xbox team is headed to GDC next week, and we want to see you there! There’s a lot planned for this awesome, enormous convention, so let’s get right down to it.

Where to Find Us

The ID@Xbox team will be at the Xbox Lobby Bar, all throughout GDC. It’s actually in the lobby of the Moscone Center: when you enter the South Hall, you won’t be able to miss our very large, very pretty area.

The Lobby Bar will have 28 highly anticipated ID@Xbox titles set up, available for YOU to play on Xbox One X. Many of our wonderful developers will be present, as will our team.

Stop by, say hello, and talk to us about our gamesor your games!

See Chris Speak!

Director Chris Charla will kick off GDC with a speaker session, ID@Xbox: The Most Powerful Game Developer Community Ever.

Developers will hear first hand how successful the ID@Xbox program has been and how it continues to be a community effort, driven by passion, creativity, and the knowledge that success here unlocks huge opportunity for game studios of all sizes.

This talk will also summarize Microsoft’s vision for how we are helping game developers do what they do best: create.

How Can I Get a Skateboard??

Never fear! We’re running a week-long sweepstakes with daily prizes, from water bottles to—yes, skateboards! We gave a full explanation of our sweepstakes in this blog post, but basically we’ll post a daily activity on Twitter (most of them will be tweets of your selfies around the convention), and your participation will count as your sweepstakes entry for the day. Don’t forget to include the #IDSweepstakes hashtag in your tweet, or your entry won’t be counted!

Award Ceremonies

The Independent Games Festival (IGF) honors the most influential, innovative and acclaimed projects in independent game development.

The Game Developers Choice Awards (GDCA) are the premier accolades for peer recognition in the digital games industry. Each year, the Choice Awards recognize and celebrate the creativity, artistry and technical genius of the finest developers and games created in the last year.

Both ceremonies will take place on Wednesday, March 21 during GDC, and ID@Xbox is very proud of the titles from the program that have been nominated as finalists for these awards. You’re all winners in our Xbox!

IGF Nominations:

Excellence in Audio


IGF Nominations:

Excellence in Visual Art, Excellence in Audio

GDCA Nominations:

Best Audio, Best Debut, Best Visual Art


IGF Nominations:

Seaumus McNally Grand Prize, Excellence in Visual Art

GDCA Nominations:

Best Debut, Best Narrative, Best Visual Art


GDCA Nominations:

Best VR/AR Game


IGF Nominations:

Excellence in Narrative


GDCA Nominations:

Innovation Award, Best Narrative

What Games Can I Play at GDC?

A LOT. We’ll be featuring over 50 games at the show this year, at the Lobby Bar and an exclusive press preview event. Here’s a list of (most of) the games you’ll have a chance to see:

9 Monkeys of Shaolin

The true rebirth of iconic brawler genre in vein of old-school video games! As a simple Chinese fisherman Wei Cheng you have to avenge the death of your friends and family slaughtered in a pirate raid at your peaceful village. So get your trusty battle staff ready for a challenging adventure in Medieval China and for merciless fights with hordes of various enemies. (BUKA Entertainment Enterprises & Sobaka Studio) – Announced Today for Xbox One, Xbox One X Enhanced


Aftercharge is a 3 vs 3 competitive game pitting invisible robots against a squad of invincible security guards in high-voltage tactical skirmishes. Sneak around and destroy the energy extractors as the robot team or setup a good defense to prevent the sabotage as the guard team. (Chainsawesome Games)

Akuto: Mad World

Akuto: Mad World is an award-nominated, isometric, fast-paced action game where players compete with swords and guns in intense versus matches. The game is set on low poly, diorama arenas where players have to not only watch out for opponents, but also for the environment from killing them. (Hut 90) – Xbox One X Enhanced

Apocalypse Cow 

A girl, a rapper who can’t rhyme and a redhead enter a bar. The music stops. “Have you seen a giant robotic cow?” the girl asks politely and OMG SHE’S KILLING THEM! Wait, they were ready to talk, WAAAAIT! Explosions, regrets and time bending in a broken digital world; this is Apocalypse Cow, a cinematic arcade adventure that redefines storytelling for platformers. (Monsters) – Announced Today for Xbox One, Xbox One X Enhanced, Xbox Play Anywhere

Arrow Heads 

Grab your friends, neighbors, extended family and that handsome cashier from the grocery store and get ready for some sweet, award-winning, couch and online multiplayer. With your trusty bow, shoot, dodge and deflect arrows in this zany isometric archery game. (OddBird) – Xbox One X Enhanced


BackSlash is a spell casting brawler featuring style-mixing, arena destruction, and accelerating duels. Combine two of the ten powerful styles of the Angwaii masters to plunge into a dance of destruction through flying blades, bone breaking punches and devastating spells. (Skeleton Crew Studio) – Announced Today for Xbox One

Black Desert

Explore a vast, seamless world in the MMORPG – Black Desert. Build fortunes by trading, take down monsters and huge bosses with intuitive skill-based combat or engage in intense guild PVP to control regions and the riches of the land. The story is yours to tell, any way you want. (Pearl Abyss) – Xbox One X Enhanced

Bomber Crew

Bomber Crew is a proceduarally-generated World War 2 strategic bombing sim, where completing the objective is just as important as keeping your crew alive, as death is permanent! Choose and train your crew, customize your Bomber, go chocks away and return victorious! (Runner Duck & Curve Digital)

Brief Battles

May your butt reign supreme in Brief Battles! Use your underpants to fight your friends in this fast-paced, underwear-fueled party game. Conquer your foes with flaming hot pants, buns of steel, toxic tighty-whities and more. Brief Battles features over-the-top gameplay, colourful heroes, ridiculous game modes, and hilarious combat powers. (Juicy Cupcake)

Can’t Drive This

Can’t Drive This is a multiplayer party racing game, that has you race your car while the other player builds the track. Also, the car explodes, if it goes beneath the speed-limit. Like in that copyright-protected movie. Compete or cooperate with up to three other players, online and local. (Pixel Maniacs) – Announced Today for Xbox One, Xbox One X Enhanced, Xbox Play Anywhere

City of Brass 

Become a daring thief in City of Brass, a first-person action adventure from senior BioShock developers. Armed with scimitar and a versatile whip, you’ll lash and slash, bait and trap your way to the heart of an opulent, Arabian Nights-themed metropolis – or face certain death as time runs out. (Uppercut Games) – Xbox One X Enhanced


Claybook is a unique world made entirely of clay. In the game, you step into the shoes of brave kids who bring the Claybook to life. Each chapter challenges you with unique obstacles and puzzles. You possess morphing clay blobs and shape the world around you to overcome tricky situations. (Secord Order) – Xbox One X Enhanced


Conarium is a chilling Lovecraftian game that follows the gripping story of four scientists and their endeavour to challenge what we normally consider to be the “absolute” limits of nature. Inspired by H.P. Lovecraft’s novella At the Mountains of Madness, but largely set after the original story. (Iceberg Interactive & Zoetrope Interactive) – Xbox One X Enhanced

Dead Ahead: Zombie Warfare

Defend your bus and don’t let the hungry horde eat the living! Gather your team of gladiators and send them into battle, use any means necessary to ward off the horde of pixel crazed flesh eaters! Slash, shoot or burn the dead with barrels, Molotov cocktails, and grenades. (Mobirate) – Announced Today for Xbox One


Descenders is extreme downhill freeriding for the modern era, with procedurally generated worlds, and where mistakes have real consequences. Will you lead your team to glory and become the next legendary Descender? (No More Robots)


Earthfall is a frenetic 4-player co-op shooter that reimagines classic Left 4 Dead gameplay in a modern shooter, set in a sci-fi background. Through 10 action-packed missions, each with its own objectives, you use 3D printers to print weapons, barricades, turrets, and experimental tech to beat back the alien hordes. (Holospark) – Xbox One X Enhanced


Exception is a combat platformer set inside a computer system which has been hijacked by a sinister virus.  As the only uncorrupted member of the system, you must lead the charge against this virus and its brutal regime.  Conquer an array of intricate levels which transform to reveal new threats and opportunities. (Traxmaster Software) – Announced Today for Xbox One

Flipping Death

When Penny dies under mysterious circumstances, she wakes up and finds herself filling in for DEATH HIMSELF! This temp job comes with a new power – the ability to flip between the worlds of the living and the dead! Hopefully, this will help her solve the mystery surrounding her own demise in this puzzling platform adventure. (Zoink Games) – Announced Today for Xbox One


GoatPunks is a multiplayer game where you launch your goat into battle against others to become king of the hill. This climbing frenzy will see you fight through an onslaught of bombs and obstacles to reach the mountain peak, where you must hold your ground for 30 seconds to claim victory. (StudioCanvas)

Harold Halibut

Harold Halibut is a modern adventure game about the daily routine on a spaceship stuck undersea. Slip into the tiny shoes of Harold and enjoy the stop-motion feeling in this world made entirely out of craft materials like wood, clay and metal. (Slow Bros.) – Xbox One X Enhanced, Xbox Play Anywhere


Challenge yourselves in this hard-boiled co-op arcade shooter! Run, jump, and take cover in the mayhem-filled streets of the future. Kill the henchmen, take their guns, and Huntdown the leaders! Collect the bounty, level by level, and make a healthy living by making living unhealthy. (Coffee Stain Publishing AB & Easy Trigger AB)


Immerse yourself in this puzzle adventure game with amazing unique artistic style and the theme of “light and shadow.” Play as Iris, a girl who follows her cat into a mysterious theater, to unveil the lost dark truth. (NEXT Studio) – Announced Today for Xbox One, Xbox One X Enhanced, Xbox Play Anywhere

Jump Gunners

Jump Gunners is the definitive couch combat game for 1 to 4 players, matching fast paced hilarious recoil jumping mechanics, with tight arcade twin stick gameplay. Described as a perfect blend of Duck Game and Broforce, Jump Gunners brings back the glory days of battling your friends around the TV! (NerdRage Studios)

My Time at Portia

Start a new life in the enchanting town of Portia! Restore your Pa’s neglected workshop to its former glory, grow crops, raise animals, befriend the towns quirky inhabitants and uncover the mysteries this charming post-apocalyptic land has forgotten!” (Panthea & Team17)

Once Upon a Coma

Upon waking from a coma, Pete’s sister is nowhere to be found. In Once Upon a Coma, investigate the screams coming from the heart of Black Wood, the increasingly violent behavior of the grown-ups, and the strange truth about Pete’s past in this hauntingly dreamlike fable. (Serenity Forge) – Announced Today for Xbox One, Xbox One X Enhanced

One Finger Death Punch 2

The world’s faster brawler returns with its unique two-button gameplay.  Using our 1:1 response system players will feel the bone-crunching impact of every button pressed.  Just remember, do not button mash. (Silver Dollar Games) – Announced Today for Xbox One

Pig Eat Ball

What would happen if Pac-Man got fatter while he ate? In Pig Eat Ball, you eat all the balls to win, but you get FATTER WHILE YOU EAT. Stuck? Barf to squeeze through! Fight, Solve, and BARF your way through 100’s of tricky levels in a COLORFUL arcade-adventure world! (Mommy’s Best Games)


Pinbrawl is a shared-screen pinball arena game featuring juicy, cartoon-like action and a diverse cast of hilarious physics-based characters. Flop and wiggle your way around colorful, 4-sided pinball tables and smack the ball between (or over) your friends’ flippers to score as many goals as possible! (Northern Heart) – Announced Today for Xbox One, Xbox Play Anywhere


PLANET ALPHA, a beautiful alien world filled with mystery and danger. Pursued by relentless enemies, you must harness the power of night and day as you struggle to survive. (Planet Alpha & Team 17) – Announced Today for Xbox One, Xbox One X Enhanced

R.B.I. Baseball 18

R.B.I. Baseball 18 takes a huge leap forward with Franchise Mode, Home Run Derby, new graphics and much more. With more ways to play, a new look, and more fun than ever,  R.B.I. Baseball is a whole new ballgame! PLAY IT AGAIN! (MLB)

Remothered: Tormented Fathers

Remothered: Tormented Fathers is the pure and realistic survival horror videogame. Playing as Rosemary, you will have to face everyday people who turn into psychological monsters. Experience the thrill of surviving without any powerful weapon at your disposal, just like you would do in real life. (Stormind Srl)

Russian Subway Dogs

Russian Subway Dogs is a fast-paced systemic arcade game inspired by the real-life stray dogs of the Moscow Metro. Startle commuters, steal their tasty food and compete with other subway wildlife. Surviving isn’t easy when you are dodging volatile vodka, rival dogs, and the rare and dangerous Subway Bear! (Spooky Squid Games) – Announced Today for Xbox One

Shape of the World

A first-person explorer where you’re cast as an outsider in a surreal organic world that reacts to your presence. Journey through a psychedelically colorful ecosystem of flourishing flora, rambling waterfalls, burgeoning mountains, glowing monoliths and graceful creatures. (Plug In Digital & Hollow Tree Games) – Xbox One X Enhanced

Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption

Sinner: Sacrifice for Redemption is a boss battler action-RPG. Face eight abhorrent bosses, the first seven each based on one of the deadly sins. Before each clash, you must sacrifice a stat and level down. Each fight will be tougher than the last as you wage war against sin itself. (Dark Star & Another Indie)

Squadron 51

The aliens have discovered Earth! Squadron 51 is a SHMUP game where you play as Lieutenant Kaya in aircraft battles all around the world. Join the Squadron and fight against extraterrestrial enemies as you were in an authentic sci-fi movie from the fifties! (Loomiarts) – Announced Today for Xbox One, Xbox Play Anywhere


In Starbound, you create your own story – there’s no wrong way to play! You may choose to save the universe from the forces that destroyed your home, uncovering greater galactic mysteries in the process, or you may wish to forego a heroic journey entirely in favor of colonizing uncharted planets. (Chucklefish) – Console Launch Exclusive, Xbox Play Anywhere

Strange Brigade

There are remote corners of the British Empire where supernatural terrors lurk in the shadows. Join the Strange Brigade in a rip-roaring new 1930s adventure for 1-4 players! Explore the ancient world, fight back hordes of mythological menaces, and defeat treacherous traps and puzzles. It’s a veritable safari into danger! (Rebellion) – Xbox One X Enhanced

Super Meat Boy Forever

Super Meat Boy Forever is the sequel to Super Meat Boy, the game that changed the world and probably prevented like a bunch of wars and stuff. Super Meat Boy Forever is coming in 2018 and it’ll probably be instrumental in helping human civilization advance by helping cure all disease, ending poverty, and inspiring younger generations to reach for the stars by colonizing other planets thereby securing a future for countless generations to come. In Super Meat Boy Forever you jump over saws and punch bad guys. (Team Meat)

Supermarket Shriek

Supermarket Shriek is a unique (shopping) kart racer where a man and a goat, propelled by their wild incomprehensible screaming, must navigate challenges situated inside a range of shops, boutiques and supermarkets. Because, why not? Play alone or in co-op for an experience like no other! (Billy Goat) – Announced Today for Xbox One, Xbox One X Enhanced, Xbox Play Anywhere

Thief of Thieves

Based on the best-selling comic by Robert Kirkman, Thief of Thieves: Season One is a story of heists and the people behind them. It’s time for Celia, protege of master thief Redmond, to make the leap from apprentice to master. A new continent and a new team, will you make the cut? (Rival Games) – Announced Today for Xbox One


Mental, the destroyer of universes, builds a powerful portal on Earth which he uses to manifest his deepest, most violent thoughts into the real world. Enter the portal and blast your way through the worlds of his mind inhabited by hordes of monsters that you’ll have to face off in order to reach and defeat his ego. Let the showdown begin! (Gungrounds & Croteam) – Announced Today for Xbox One


Trailmakers is a creative construction game where the sky is the limit. Building a car, airplane, helicopter or walking robot is as easy as playing with toy blocks. Take your machines on exciting expeditions, race them against friends, or build the craziest contraptions you can imagine in a huge sandbox. (Flashbulb) – Console Launch Exclusive, Xbox One X Enhanced


Treadnauts launches 4-player tank brawls into the sky. Drive up all the walls! Rocket jump onto the roof! Disrespect your friends by squashing them like tiny bugs! Shoot bullets out of the air! Move with style!! (Topstitch Games)

Virgo Vs The Zodiac

In this galactic Sci-fi/fantasy, timed-actions JRPG, play the obsessed villain in an astrological setting with gameplay and story inspired by Mario & Luigi: Superstar Saga and Earthbound! Every action means a reaction so time your defenses and counter the Heretics on Virgo’s twisted cosmic quest towards the Golden Age! (Moonana) – Announced Today for Xbox One, Xbox Play Anywhere


Wargroove is a turn-based strategy game for up to 4 players. Each player takes control of an army and its commander unit to wage war on their enemies! Wargroove is extremely easy to pick up and very difficult to master, with deep gameplay mechanics that complement strategic play. (Chucklefish) – Xbox Play Anywhere


We can’t wait to see you at GDC! Come to the Lobby Bar, chat with us about games, enter our sweepstakes—there’s just so much to do!

Suzanne Wallace
ID@Xbox Community Manager