Any developer who successfully registers for the ID@Xbox publishing program will receive free access to Unity game creation tools, Microsoft has confirmed, allowing cash-strapped indies to release Unity titles for both Xbox One and Windows 8 devices at minimal expense.
The manufacturer will also offer free Xbox One-only Unity Pro licenses to "qualified developers" - these normally cost $75 a month, and include more advanced graphics and animation tools. According to Unity's press materials, "major studios and multinationals, government and research organizations use Unity Pro" and "so do tens of thousands of independent developers and studios". Not too shabby, then.
"Microsoft continues to show their commitment to creating opportunity for developers of all shapes and sizes, a commitment shared by Unity," Unity Technologies CEO David Helgason commented in a release, picked up by IGN. "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."
As we reported earlier this year, a Unity add-on will be made available at some point in 2014. Microsoft also plans to unlock retail Xbox One consoles to serve as development kits free of charge for ID@Xbox members.
New to Unity? You might be interested in this round-up of award-winning Unity titles. Press Play's Xbox-exclusive Max and the Curse of Brotherhood also runs on the engine - I've embedded a trailer for the latter below.