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Unity offered free of charge to Microsoft Studios dev partners
Unity offered free of charge to Microsoft Studios dev partners
June 27, 2013 | By Kris Ligman

June 27, 2013 | By Kris Ligman
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As revealed this morning at Microsoft's annual Build conference in San Francisco, Unity has announced support for Microsoft development partners on Xbox One. Developers published by Microsoft Studios, the company's game publishing arm, will receive Unity's Xbox One and 360 tools free of charge.

"Our vision is to democratize game development and provide opportunity for all developers, from individuals to massive teams," Unity CEO David Helgason said in a statement. "Our collaboration will help further these goals by empowering our community to create games across Microsoft's powerful platforms."

While developers published under Microsoft will get the tools for free, this offer doesn't extend to developers under other publishers, who will have to pay the normal license fees.

However, the agreement with Microsoft also affords free platform support for developers working on Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Current Unity Pro 4-licensed developers will receive a free license for the Windows Store Add-on, which is also being packaged into Unity 4.2 Release Candidate 1.


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Leon T
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So this is worst than what Nintendo is offering, which is a free Unity 4 Pro with their dev kits and you can self publish. While Sony is just offering Unity support but not for free.

Freek Hoekstra
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I think this is mainly a move to get Indies to publish through microsoft, as they don;t have to pay Unity themselves that way (if they want to use Unity that is)

anyways it is a good gesture imho, Unity is a great piece of software,
I just hope they go to town with the next releases bringing the visual quality closer to the level of next gen engines. But with Unity 4 they made a big step in the right direction already!


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