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Unity 4.2 is here, and the latest update to the 4.x cycle includes deployment to Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Unity is popular cross-platform game engine with a built-in IDE developed by Unity Technologies. It is used to develop video games for web plugins, desktop platforms, consoles and mobile devices, and is utilized by over one million developers. Unity in education is primarily used to create mobile and web games, but can also deploy games to consoles or the PC. The Unity game engine was developed in C/C++, and is able to support code written in C#, JavaScript or Boo. It grew from an OS X supported game development tool in 2005 to the multi-platform game engine that it is today which now supports Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.

All free and Unity Pro users get Windows Store publishing at no extra cost

Any Unity developer now has the opportunity to get their games on the Windows Store and Windows Phone 8 platforms with the new Unity Windows Store publishing add-on. The Unity Windows Store add-on is included in both the free version of Unity and as a Pro add-on in Unity Pro, so any Unity developer can port their 2D and 3D content to Windows Store and Windows Phone 8 for free. Using one add-on enables you to create and publish content for a world of Microsoft users, on PCs, tablets and mobile phones

Check out this selection of Unity-powered games already available on the Windows Store and Windows Phone 8 platforms. Get inspired and start creating your own game!

Start learning: Building Windows Games with Unity

Training sessions from Microsoft & Unity and postmortems from developers.

Introduction to building games with Unity

 

End-to-End: Develop, debug and deploy a Unity game for the Windows Store

 

Tutorials:

Unity for Windows (I): Getting Started

Unity for Windows (II): Publishing to Windows 8

 

More presentation and tutorials are available at Building Windows Games with Unity

 

Start learning: Introducing Unity for Windows Phone Development

Learn how to get started building games for both Windows and Windows Phone using the Unity game developer ecosystem tools.

Introducing Unity for Windows Phone Devleopment

 

Over $100,000 in cash and prizes going on now until Sept 30, 2013

Unity and Microsoft are inviting Unity developers to enter a new contest by submitting beautifully crafted, high-quality new or existing games or content for the upcoming Windows Store Apps and Windows Phone 8 platforms. Over $100,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to a number of talented and lucky winners.  Check out http://unity3d.com/contest/windows for more detail.

 

Win-phone

Windows Phone 8 games or content

First prize:

$30,000 USD

Second prize:

$10,000 USD

Third prize:

$5,000 USD

Win-store

Windows Store games or content

First prize:

$30,000 USD

Second prize:

$10,000 USD

Third prize:

$5,000 USD