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Unity drops Flash support, says Adobe is not firmly committed
The popular game development platform Unity will no longer invest in Adobe's Flash, as the company says that it does not believe that the future is certain for Flash.
The popular game development platform Unity will no longer invest in Adobe's Flash, as the company says that it does not believe that the future is certain for Flash. Although Unity Technologies has been working on a Flash deployment add-on for Unity for around 18 months, the company's CEO David Helgason said that, as of today, Unity has stopped selling Flash deployment licenses. "We had high hopes for the future of Flash as a gaming platform," said Helgason in a blog post on the official Unity website. "The performance of early builds was promising, and Adobe seemed to be dedicated to making it a success." However, he added that "Since then much has changed... We don't see Adobe being firmly committed to the future development of Flash." The cancellation of Flash Player Next and Adobe's decision to move away from Flash and focus more on other projects led Unity to make this call, said Helgason. The post adds, "Developers are moving away from Flash, and while Flash publishing has gotten little traction, our own Unity Web Player has seen unprecedented growth in recent months." Although Unity does not plan to make further investments in Flash deployment, Helgason noted that it will continue to support existing Flash users throughout the Unity 4.x version cycle.