Game engine company Unity and Facebook have announced today that they are working on a new desktop gaming platform for the social network. This partnership is also going to enable developers to easily port their games to Facebook. Interested developers can apply for a closed alpha of the export tool by August 31st, the tool will be integrated directly into the Unity Editor.
Facebook first talked about its downloadable desktop platform for games earlier this year. That test was called “Facebook Games Arcade” but is now just referred to as “new Facebook PC gaming platform.”
The social network hasn’t revealed all of the details about the platform that it’s working on with Unity but it’s reportedly going to work on different types of PCs and not just Windows.
The report also claims that the desktop platform is going to give players a gaming environment free from all distractions, it won’t have any Facebook features like the News Feed. Facebook’s traditional games will be supported aside from those ported from iOS and Android.
Facebook was once the hub of online social gaming but a lot has changed since then. It appears that the company is trying its hand at this again and now it’s looking to offer a concrete solution that doesn’t bundle casual gaming with the clutter of the world’s largest social network.