Robert Boyd of Zeboyd Games says that Microsoft should simply merge Xbox Live Arcade titles with Xbox Live Indie Games. Boyd is helping Penny Arcade develop their latest RPG, On The Rain-Slick Precipice Of Darkness 3.
"I'd like to see [XBLIG] kind of merge into XBLA," Boyd said. "Keep Indie Games free to everyone but if you have a really good game, you could submit it to Microsoft for it to be upgraded to an XBLA title. Right now, becoming an XBLA developer is fairly difficult for a small team, so reducing the barrier of entry to XBLA could only help Microsoft, I think."
Boyd goes on to say that Xbox Live Indie Games have always had a serious problem with discoverability issues on Xbox Live because of the low barrier to entry. Some developers could use some sort of path to get their games onto Xbox Live Arcade, a route provided by Microsoft's Dream Build Play indie development contest in the past.
"Early on, several winners and nominees got on, but after Dust won, I can't think of anything else. Most of the winners ended up just being released on XBLIG," Boyd said. "Far more indie games are released on Steam than XBLA, and yet Steam is tremendously successful. I think opening up XBLA a bit – but not completely – would only help."