Popular engine Unity has hit version 2.5 – and this latest iteration brings with it Windows XP and Vista compatibility.
The middleware, most useful for iPhone and Wii titles, is fully interoperable with the original Mac version of the software.
David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies said: “Starting today, Windows users can finally get their hands on our baby that has been generating an incredible amount of excitement. Unity has been used to create dozens of hit games and is already being used by thousands of developers on the Mac, and we have huge expectations of how far we and our community can go.”
According to Unity, major features in the new version include:
Easy-to-use tools allowing rapid play, test and improvement of work; A ‘gorgeous’ tabbed interface; Precise navigation and placement of tools – new flythrough controls and a newly designed rotation tool; Information at a glance – detailed rendering stats of meshes; waveforms of audio clips; model file previews; Drag and drop 3ds Max support in addition to existing support for Maya, Blender and all other 3D apps; and
a completely extensible toolset.
Unity has a diverse number of licensees, from big companies like EA and Cartoon Network, through to smaller teams and independents.