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Xbox Project Moorcroft will bring early game demos to Xbox Game Pass

Microsoft is working on Project Moorcroft, a program designed to bring early game demos to Xbox Game Pass subscribers. The demos will be similar to the limited levels and early preview games that fans would normally queue for hours to play at E3 or PAX.

These early game demos were largely lost in the transition to virtual game conferencing during the pandemic, and they are critical for indie developers trying to gain exposure for their titles. Sarah Bond, head of Microsoft’s gaming ecosystem, describes Project Moorcroft as a way to bring back that E3-esque experience.

“Why don’t we take Game Pass and make it a trading floor?” says Bond. “Why don’t we make it possible for a developer to take a piece, a level of their game, release it in Game Pass, generate excitement for what’s to come, and also get that really valuable feedback as they tuning and preparing their game? game for launch.”

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Game demos like this are a lot of work for developers, especially getting them ready for what was the usual annual E3 conference. While E3 won’t take place in person or even virtually this year, Microsoft is setting up this program to financially reward developers who are willing to take the time to create these demos.

“We’ve designed and structured the program in such a way that developers actually get financial compensation for the game that benefits them financially, and also benefit from the great feedback,” explains Bond.

Project Moorcroft is still being worked on within Microsoft, but the curated game demos are planned to be rolled out next year. The initial focus will be on independent developers and each game developer will be compensated and be able to see how their demos are performing.

Project Moorcroft is another part of Microsoft’s Xbox platform announcements for 2022. The software giant will also bring a new Xbox TV app to Samsung’s 2022 smart TVs later this month, extending Xbox Cloud Gaming to Argentina and New Zealand, and most Xbox games will soon be played through Xbox Cloud Gaming.

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