Microsoft Partners with Unity and Unreal to Bring Gaming to Developers

Microsoft's S. Somasegar just announced a new partnership with gaming engine installers from three partners to bring more to its Visual Studio and game developers, announced via Somasegar’s blog.

The new partnership with companies including Unity Technologies, Epic Games and Chuckong Technologies will benefit Microsoft game developers.

In the announcement:

“Together, we are making it even easier for game developers to use the rich capabilities of the Visual Studio IDE to develop games for today’s most popular platforms. Each of these top gaming engines’ installers will now offer the ability to co-install Visual Studio Community on Windows, along with the plug-ins required for Windows developers building for these engines. In addition, we will make it easier to discover and use the tools for Unity, Unreal and Cocos2d from within Visual Studio 2015.”

In his blog, Soma writes:

“With Visual Studio Community, we have made the popular IDE that professional developers use freely available for non-enterprise usage. And across Unity 5 Personal Edition, Unreal Engine 4, and Cocos2d, there are now great free options for these game engines.”

Soma continues,

“Already today, Visual Studio offers Visual Studio Tools for Unity, a free Visual Studio add-on that enables a rich programming and debugging experience for working with the Unity gaming tools and platform. With today’s announcements, we are excited to expand Visual Studio’s game development capabilities and overall experience with even tighter integration with Unity and new support for Unreal Engine 4 and Cocos2d.”