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Times are good for the Unity engine. The rapidly growing development tool for mobile and PC games announced that it has reached a license agreement with Nintendo for the Wii U. This means that the company will be able to get their engine on the new platform.
The mutually beneficial deal will allow Nintendo to distribute the Unity tools to their development teams and third parties. Unity, in turn, will develop an implementation for their strong user base to start creating games for the next generation console. With over 1 million users and over 400,000 active developers, this is quite the impressive pool to draw from. “The rapid growth of incredible games coming from […] developers in our community makes Unity the new development platform of choice for AAA console developers,” stated David Helgason of Unity Technologies.
This agreement could prove to be a boon for both sides. Nintendo can use the hundreds of thousands of developers to boost its third party credibility, as the company has always been struggling to prove their viability beyond their own development range. In the meantime, this could help Unity officially achieve the highest honors, as the engine is still climbing the ranks between the big-boy engines. Unity has already been employed in dozens of highly successful titles like Endless Space, Family Guy Online and Rochard and more games are being added constantly.