Where current games can take a full team of programmers, designers, and artists several years to complete, the XNA Game Studio Express tools promise to simplify this process significantly thanks in part to GarageGames' Torque Engine. A free game that can be modified by developers will even be included in the package.
Microsoft plans to release the first beta iteration of the XNA Game Studio Express software on August 30. The final release, along with the Xbox Live Creators Club, will follow during the holiday season. Microsoft's plan is eventually to allow indie developers to show off and sell their games on Xbox Live.