Earlier this month on the Windows Phone Developer Blog, Brandon Watson announced that the final Windows Phone Developer Tools will become available on September 16, 2010.

Since XNA Game Studio 4.0 is a key element of these tools it led many people in our incredible community to ask “What about XNA Game Studio 4.0? Is that done on that day?”

Well, I’m here to definitively answer today: “Sorta!”

 

On September 16, the Windows Phone Developer Tools will drop with XNA Game Studio 4.0, which allows you to create games for Windows, Xbox 360, and Windows Phone 7. Also releasing on September 16th is the Beta of the XNA Game Studio Connect tool that allows premium members to deploy and debug their XNA Game Studio 4.0 games on Xbox 360.

 

The final version of the Xbox 360 experience will arrive later this year, once we finish additional work to make sure you can submit your 4.0 XBLIG for sale on the Xbox LIVE Marketplace. When we get closer to the official date we’ll be sure to update you. In the meantime, anyone interested in developing or upgrading their existing XBLIG should definitely get ready for September 16!

 

xxoo

~kathleen sanders

XNA Community Manager