Facebook Working with Unity to Build a Desktop Gaming Platform
This is obviously something which Facebook are keen to rectify, as they've now teamed up with game engine company Unity to create a Steam/Origin-esque desktop gaming platform. Unity and Facebook have already worked together to help developers create in-browser games for the platform. Starting from now, developers can apply for a limited alpha so that they can build and export games to the app first.
It will still be geared towards a more casual market, but the scope for more sophisticated games will be far wider, which will be encouraging for anyone who despaired of the 2002-flash-game sheen sported by games like Farmville. The other encouraging thing is that this will be a dedicated platform, so if you're going on Facebook to play games, you won't have to angle around the news feed, or the 300 people trying to chat with you.
Of course, even with Facebook integration taken into account, trying to transcend the casual crowd and tempt hardcore gamers in will be a hell of a mountain to climb. People like Steam. No, sorry, people love Steam, from the game sales to the interface to the easy moddding to the massive, sprawling library of games on offer. The real sticking point is going to be the amount of developers Facebook can draw in, especially if they make the interface simple, easily navigable and easy to integrate with VR.
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Facebook Working with Unity to Build a Desktop Gaming Platform Reviewed by Callum Davies on Monday, August 22, 2016 Rating: