Sony Partners Up With Unity Technologies
Sony Computer Entertainment has joined into a strategic partnership with Unity Technologies to bring PlayStation optimised development tools to the PS3, PS4, PS Vita and PS Mobile. The tool will also be used to “create games for future cloud services”.
According to SCE, Unity for PS will allow developers to port their games onto PlayStation devices without “rewriting the code from scratch.” The toolset will also be designed to capitalise on Vita controls and functionality.
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While there have been games built using Unity on PS platforms before, this new toolset will allow developers to create games for PS platforms with far greater ease.
According to Unity Technologies CEO David Helgason, the move coincides with Sony’s efforts to embrace independent studios. “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 and we are leading the charge to make development awesome for studios of all sizes,” Helgason said in a statement.
According to SCE senior vice president Teiji Yutaka, Unity for PlayStation means “PlayStation gamers can look forward to playing a broad array of new creative games from Unity’s global community of developers, which includes some of the best independent talent in the industry.”
Unity is a diverse and dexterous engine capable of pulling off a multitude of visual styles and artistic approaches and it will be interesting to see what games land on PSN using Unity now that the doors have been opened.