Unity and BlackBerry team up to create deployment add-on for BlackBerry 10

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By Michelle Haag on 5 Feb 2013 04:43 am EST
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BlackBerry and Unity Technologies have just announced they have developed an add-on product for BlackBerry 10 smartphones to empower Unity's 1.5 million member developer community to publish their games on both BlackBerry 10 smartphones and the BlackBerry PlayBook when it gets the OS10 update. Unity is well known for  awesome games such as ShadowGun, Probe the Humans, Gravity Lab, and more.

"Unity developers have an extensive catalogue of incredible mobile games, many of which are award-winning. We're excited to offer Unity developers easy access to the new powerful and rich BlackBerry 10 platform," said David Helgason, CEO, Unity Technologies. "We're eager to provide them with another exciting avenue to have their games devoured by an audience hungry for entertainment."

Great news! Read the full press release after the break.

PRESS RELEASE

February 05, 2013 04:30 ET
Unity Working with BlackBerry to Create Deployment Add-on for BlackBerry 10

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA and WATERLOO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Feb. 5, 2013) - BlackBerry (NASDAQ:BBRY)(TSX:BB) and Unity Technologies today announced that they are working together to create a Unity deployment add-on product for BlackBerry® 10 smartphones, empowering Unity's over 1.5 million strong developer community to publish their games on these powerful platforms. The deployment tools will also be available for BlackBerry PlayBook™ tablets when they run the BlackBerry 10 OS.

BlackBerry 10 will now be one of the premiere mobile platforms supported by the market-leading Unity Engine. The deployment tool is currently in development by Unity Technologies and BlackBerry, and will be released as an add-on option for Unity.

"Unity developers have an extensive catalogue of incredible mobile games, many of which are award-winning. We're excited to offer Unity developers easy access to the new powerful and rich BlackBerry 10 platform," said David Helgason, CEO, Unity Technologies. "We're eager to provide them with another exciting avenue to have their games devoured by an audience hungry for entertainment."

BlackBerry will also seed the Unity development community with BlackBerry 10 smartphones for testing to provide developers the best possible environment to create amazing games for the new platform. Unity and BlackBerry will hold developer meet up events in Europe and North America and will give qualified developer attendees Unity Pro and BlackBerry 10 smartphones. Details are coming soon, so stay tuned to BlackBerry Developers Blog.

"One of the driving forces for success for a mobile platform is a strong games offering. BlackBerry customers have already shown their hunger for mobile gaming, with games being one of the strongest categories on the BlackBerry World storefront and continuing to grow in popularity," said Alec Saunders, Vice President, Developer Relations and Ecosystems at BlackBerry. "We are thrilled to work with Unity and to propel the momentum we are seeing in games on BlackBerry even further. Soon Unity developers will be able to use this deployment tool to quickly and easily offer their games to BlackBerry customers."

Availability

A free beta version of the Unity add-on will be made available to a limited number of qualified developers in the spring. Unity is expecting the final release to be available in the summer of 2013.

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Unity and BlackBerry team up to create deployment add-on for BlackBerry 10

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Very awesome news.

BlackBerry is for working hard and getting stuff done, but also great for playing hard! Great to hear that games is going to be a big focus.

I would love to see Godus make its way to BlackBerry 10. I helped kickstart it and I know they use Unity. It is Peter Molyneux's new brain child (the man behind lionhead game studios, and games such as Black and White and the Fable series and Curiosity on iOS and Android)

This. Is. Massive.

Alright, well *potentially*. A lot of my iOS and Android developer friends have either already switched or are testing the waters with Unity, because it makes our lives so much easier. Unity were already supporting BlackBerry with helping developers release PlayBook versions, but that was only really feasible for the big games like Shadowgun and Smash Cops - now any Unity developer can go BlackBerry without the commitment that working with a publisher requires.

Now I'll go bug Lucas to release 10000000 on BlackBerry once Unity releases the BlackBerry support :D