Popular game development environment Unity has publically launched for the Xbox One platform, and will be free for all registered developers with an Xbox One development kit.
Unity, a development environment and engine for creating both 2D and 3D games, has been widely embraced by the indie development community. Examples of popular games built on the platform include Endless Space, Gone Home, and Oddworld: New ‘n’ Tasty. Now, a public preview of Unity for Xbox One has launched, based on version 4.3 of the Unity engine. The engine will be provided for free to any developers who are registered with the ID@Xbox program and currently own a development kit.
The announcement, posted on the Unity blog, also lists off some Unity games currently preparing for release on Xbox One: co-op action game Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, open-world platformer Ori and the Blind Forest, limo-driving game Roundabout, and 1930’s cartoon-styled action game Cuphead.
This is great news for both the indie development scene and for Xbox One owners. It’s always great to see partnerships like this that lower the financial barrier for indies to get their games before a wide audience. If this offer continues to hold true when (and if) Microsoft delivers on the promise that every retail Xbox One will be a development unit, we could start seeing a lot of interesting new experiences on the platform.
Aaron Dobbe is an Associate Writer at MONG specializing in Nintendo but playing a bit of everything else too. Follow him on Facebook and pester him to get a Twitter.