Windows Phone 7 users will be unable to play games powered by the Unity engine.
David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies, delivered the bad news in an interview with Develop. He said that while his company is “looking at” Windows Phone 8 compatibility, there will be no Unity support for Windows Phone 7.
Helgason says his company's decision not to support Microsoft's mobile platform was a result of its inability to run native content.
“We talk to Microsoft a lot, and we were involved in looking at Windows Phone 7 early on, but they couldn’t open up the platform, and that led to us deciding to not support it,” he said.
Winner of the Wall Street Journal 2010 Technology Innovation Award, the Unity engine powers thousands of iOS and Android apps, including highly regarded titles like Gears, Battleheart, and Shadowgun.
The absence of these popular games - and the unknown number to come - from Microsoft's mobile platform could well make hardcore gamers think twice before swapping their Android or iOS device for a Window Phone 7 handset.