Popular game engine company Unity Technologies have announced a new partnership with Sony whereby they will bring Unity tools that have been specifically developed for PlayStation platforms. These include the PS4, the PS3, the PS Vita, PS Mobile and future PlayStation cloud services.
Unity is a game creation toolset and engine that is used to make games and easily port them across multiple platforms. It is used by many large publishers including EA, Ubisoft and Square Enix for different titles and its especially popular with mobile app makers and independent developers.
Unity has been used to create PlayStation Vita launch title Escape Plan and platformer PID on the PS3.
Unity already support the PS3 but their new strategic partnership with Sony Computer Entertainment means they are actively developing new tools for all PlayStation platforms including the PS4. David Helgason, the founder CEO of Unity, gave this ringing endorsement of SCE: “Sony Computer Entertainment is really committed to making their platforms approachable to all kinds of developers, so this partnership is going to make a lot of sense for both companies… and a lot of sense for the Unity community! They’re really focused on bringing the most creative studios, with an emphasis on independent developers, on board their platforms.”
This is a bold and positive partnership for Sony as it means that indie game developers can easily make their games available on PlayStation platforms and it demonstrates the desire for their consoles to be as programmer friendly as possible.
Source: Unity press release
Source: Sony press release