Microsoft announced today that developers signed up for the ID@Xbox program will get free access to the Unity game engine. The Xbox One add-on for Unity is planned for 2014.
"Will we devote marketing and promotion to promising looking titles in development? Of course. But we want to make sure the dev who's working away in Omaha, or Coventry, or Chiba will have the same shot to realize their vision on Xbox One as one of my developer friends we hang out with in Seattle or at a trade show like GDC or Gamescom," said Chris Charla, Microsoft's portfolio director for digital games.
"Microsoft continues to show their commitment to creating opportunity for developers of all shapes and sizes, a commitment shared by Unity," said David Helgason, CEO, Unity Technologies. "The drive behind the ID@Xbox program is exciting for Unity and the games development community in general. We can't wait to see the results."
Microsoft's The ID@Xbox program is designed to make it easier for independent developers to get their games on Xbox One and other Microsoft platforms. Microsoft hinted that it is in talks with other middleware firms and online services, and may have further announcements beneficial to indie developers at a later date...
You can learn more about the program here.