[email protected] Program to Support Free-to-Play Titles, Will Be ‘No Different Than Any Other Xbox One Title’

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Microsoft’s new [email protected] program seems to keep free-to-play titles in mind for the upcoming Xbox One Platform.

Speaking to Joystiq at PAX Prime, Microsoft’s Portfolio Director of Digital Content Chris Charla says Microsoft’s new program will grant the same privileges to free-to-play and premium titles that retail releases are privileged too.

“On Xbox One, games that come through [email protected] are no different than any other game,” Charla said. “They have full Gamerscore, full Achievements, can take advantage of SmartGlass, Kinect – if you can do it with an Xbox One game, you can do it with anything that comes through the [email protected] program. That’s like a fundamental tenet of the program.”

Charla later clarified that the program will not be ready to go at Xbox One’s launch, but should be ready in 2014. While titles such as War Thunder might not be ready this year, the [email protected] program seems ready to serve these titles in 2014.

What do you guys/gals think of this news? Does Microsoft seem fully-ready to embrace the indie and free-to-play markets? Let us know in the comments below.

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