Engine firm plans future improvements to IL2CPP .NET runtime, native Visual Studio integration, C# 6 support and mono runtime and class libraries in future updates

Unity, Red Hat and JetBrains join open-source advocate .NET Foundation

Unity has become the latest addition to the .NET Foundation’s technical steering group.

Announcing the collaboration with the organisation focused on encouraging open development and the use of open-source technology at Microsoft’s Build conference, the engine firm said that it would continue to work on support for .NET APIs, tools and language features.

Unity’s scripting is based on the IL2CPP .NET runtime – the company said that it would work on performance updates for the tech as Unity transitioned to additional platforms.

It added that native support for Visual Studio, which was introduced in the engine’s 5.2 update, would also be improved in future versions.

Other additions and enhancements teased included support for the C# 6 coding language, upgrades to mono runtime and class libraries, and a high-performance garbage collector.

“This marks an important milestone in opening the technical decision making processes of the core .NET projects and also demonstrates the commitment of these partners in helping to make sure .NET continues to be an open, innovate and exciting development platform,” Microsoft said of the partnership.

Joining Unity in the latest round of .NET Foundation inductees was Red Hat, the creator of Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL), and JetBrains, the tools firm behind Visual Studio plugin ReSharper and cross-platform C# IDE Project Rider.

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