Microsoft Grants Indie Developers Free Access to Unity Engine
Posted by Anthony Bacchus
More tools at your disposal
Independent developers who sign up to ID@Xbox with an Xbox One dev kit will now have access to the Unity engine for no additional charge, confirmed the Unity blog.
Existing Unity Pro users will have Xbox One support added to their license immediately. Unity Free users will receive a limited Unity Pro license that will include Xbox One support.
From the sounds of it, Unity for Xbox One (build 4.3) will not support version 4.5 but will simply jump to the more stable and recommended Unity 5.0.
"Unity 5.0 will eventually be our recommended version for all Xbox One development," revealed the team on their blog. "However, we will continue to make updates for the Unity 4.3 version of the product including XDK upgrades into 2015 to ensure teams that have already built to this version of the product can ship.
With this announcement, we can be sure that ID@Xbox will see a bump in the number of indie developers signed on. We aren't pros here when it comes to talking about the intricacies of game development, but if it's as easy to use as some developers are saying, then we may just see a ton more games show up on Xbox One in the coming months.