Windows Phone 7 never really got off the ground as a gaming platform, but its successor got an early boost today in the shape of Unity support. According to Edge, Unity Technologies CEO David Helgason announced that his company's widely-used game creation tool will be coming to both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Helgason previously said that Unity didn't support Windows Phone 7 due to its "relatively closed" nature, but expressed hope that Windows 8 would prove easier to work with.

Unity licenses are available for almost all other modern gaming platforms — including iOS, Android, Xbox 360, Wii, and PlayStation 3 — and the engine has been used to create popular mobile games such as Shadowgun. Helgason claims that 53 percent of mobile developers have made Unity titles. While there's no guarantee that developers will take the time to bring their games to the new versions of Windows, there is at least now another accessible path beyond Microsoft's own XNA and Silverlight platforms.