Microsoft has announced new collaborations with Epic Games, Unity Technologies and Chukong Technologies that will allow devs to easily integrate Visual Studio with their game engines.
Developers can now co-install Visual Studio Community on Windows alongside Unreal Engine, Unity and Cocos2d, as well as the plug-ins required for Windows dev building games with these tools.
Microsoft will also make it easier for users to find and use tools for the three engines within Visual Studio 2015.
Visual Studio Community was launched late last year and is a free version of the widely-used developer environment.
Microsoft said it will be working on “tighter integration” with these three engines in future.
“Game developers build the apps that hundreds of millions of users play every day across a wide variety of devices, from Xbox and Windows to iOS, Android and the Web,” VP of Microsoft’s Developer Division S.Somasegar wrote.
“For many years now, it’s been great to see Visual Studio be one of the industry’s most popular tools for game development, used by big game studios and indie developers alike. Today, we are taking support for game development forward in a big way.”
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