Facebook teams up with Unity to create their own Video Gaming Platform
You’ve had your fill of Farmville requests, now get ready for a whole new dose of Facebook gaming.
While it may come of as a very weird premise considering how Facebook’s web based games have taken our lives one way or another, the social media giant announced earlier today that it is partnering up with cross-platform engine developer Unity Technologies in an effort to create their very own Video Gaming Platform.
The partnership aims largely at expanding developer support by increasing Facebook’s very own set of game development tools and as well as giving developers the chance to publish their works that use the Unity game engine into Facebook using a more streamlined process.
Facebook integration in video games has not always been a new thing as a majority of mobile games for Android and iOS, and even MMORPG Publishers such as PlayPark, grant optional “login via Facebook” features for players to backup their account data, Facebook has also had a larger venture into the realm of video game development with their acquisition of the Oculus back in 2014. Unity on the other hand has been one of the most popular game engine tool for both aspiring and experienced game developers, and has already been used in popular game titles such as the Kerbal Space Program, Plague Inc., Dead Trigger series, Surgeon Simulator and even the upcoming System Shock remake. Unity is also described by Facebook as being the “largest global development platform for creating 2D, 3D, VR and AR games and experiences“.
Developers are invited to test out Facebook and Unity’s new partnership as the social media titan is now opening up sign-ups for their planned limited access test phase for the new Facebook Integration function in Unity 5.4 which will allow Unity based games to be published directly via Facebook. Registration will be up until August 31, 2016 only and interested developers can check out the official registration page for more details.