The folks behind the Unity engine – Unity Technologies – have announced that the engine will support the Linux-based open source smartphone operating system, Tizen. The company will release deployment tools that will allow developers to make games for smartphones and tablets running on Tizen.

“Unity and Tizen have a lot in common in that they both aim to make the creation and the deployment of games and other apps as easy as possible for developers,” said Unity Technologies CEO David Helgason.

The Unity Engine has been licensed by Nintendo

The Unity Engine is coming to Tizen

Unity has been making quite a push for development in the mobile scene. Recently, Helgason had announced that the engine will be free to game developers on iOS and Android. According to the company, the decision was made in an attempt to push the “democratisation of game development further than ever before.” Earlier, licensing the engine for game development on Android or iOS would cost $800 (approximately Rs 44,376), but it has now been made completely free.

This, of course, is a great move for game developers, especially because of the popularity of the game engine. A wide variety of different games have been made with the engine, ranging from DOS-styled management games like Organ Trail: Director's Cut to turn-based RPG Knights of Pen & Paper and even full-fledged 3D games like Surgeon Simulator 2013.

“We were able to make Unity free for the web and for desktop computers a while ago, but have been dreaming of doing the same for mobile for what seems like forever,” said CEO David Helgason. “Mobile games development is possibly the most dynamic and exciting industry in the world, and it's an honour to be able to help so many developers be so successful in fulfilling their visions and in building their businesses.”

While the engine is only free for iOS and Android at the moment, the company has hinted that it might make the same move for other mobile platforms, including Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10. With the availability on Tizen, maybe the company will make the engine free for the open source operating system too.

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