Microsoft has confirmed their XNA development tool is going to be a thing of the past soon.
Releasing a statement to Polygon, Microsoft confirmed the tool will be phased out effective from April 1st 2014:
“The XNA/DirectX expertise was created to recognize community leaders who focused on XNA Game Studio and/or DirectX development. Presently the XNA Game Studio is not in active development and DirectX is no longer evolving as a technology. Given the status within each technology, further value and engagement cannot be offered to the MVP community. As a result, effective April 1, 2014 XNA/DirectX will be fully retired from the MVP Award Program.”
The XNA tool kit powers titles like Bastion and FEZ, as well as apps through various Microsoft outlets like Xbox Live, Windows Phone marketplace and other Windows-based devices.