Facebook and Unity Technologies have joined hands to develop a new gaming platform. Facebook will see the integration of Unity support, which will also includes a PC gaming platform that is currently under development. This will help Unity developers reach Facebook’s massive audience, and help streamline the process of publishing games on Facebook.
The Facebook-Unity collaboration will help Unity deliver games quicker to millions of people who enjoy playing games on the social media website every month. Facebook claims its gaming ecosystem was able to pay $2.5 billion to web-game developers in 2015 alone.
“Developers channel their talent and passion into creating amazing games, but development is only part of the challenge,” said Elliot Solomon, Vice President, Business Development at Unity Technologies. “Integrating tools that provide effortless access to Facebook’s network is a key part of helping developers find the success they deserve.”
Unity is a cross-platform gaming engine that has been developed by Unity Technologies, and is used to develop games for websites, mobile devices, consoles and PCs. Game developers can apple for the instant access to Unity 5.4 alpha build until August 31, which will allow them to build and export games to Facebook, and to their upcoming PC platform. In addition to playing PC games, the gaming platform will also support games that people usually play on Facebook.
“Our mission is to give people the power to discover, play and share the games they love with the people they care about,” said Leo Olebe, Director of Global Games Partnerships at Facebook. “Unity is the world’s leading game development platform. It’s great to be working with them to help developers find new audiences for the games they pour their hearts into.”
According to a Unity blog post, the company is also working on a whole range of different apps and games for the Microsoft Hololens. The emulator can simulate positional changes (user walking), as well as rotational changes (user head rotating), gestures, hands and even voice commands.