Unity Technologies, provider of the Unity multi-platform game engine and development tools, has entered into an agreement with Microsoft to collaborate on development tools for Windows Phone 8 based smartphones, as well as the Windows 8 OS and Xbox One games console.
Under agreement with Microsoft, Unity Pro 4 licensed developers will receive a free license for the “Windows Store Add-on” once available this summer, a $1,500 value. The “Windows Store Add-on” includes support for both Windows Store apps and Windows Phone 8 apps.
Unity estimates that the collaboration will make Microsoft’s gaming ecosystem accessible to nearly 2 million developers in the Unity community.
“Unity has established itself not only as an incredible development toolset and engine, but as a significant force for creative freedom and innovation in the games development community,” said Steven Guggenheimer, Corporate Vice President and Chief Evangelist of Microsoft’s Developer & Platform Evangelism organization. “Microsoft’s gaming ecosystem will benefit from the wealth of ideas and imagination flowing from the Unity games development community.”