Unity Technologies co-founder Nicholas Francis has left the company to pursue a career in game development, saying he has games he “needs to make”.
Francis has been heavily involved in the creation of Unity, and has spent ten years helping to iterate it into the development environment that exists today. But seeing the results of his efforts – the games that Unity users produce – has inspired him to work on his own ideas.
“As great as it has been building Unity, I have come to feel that actually using it is what really scratches my itch,” he writes on the official Unity blog. “On days where I can just get into the zone and fidget around with some shaders, game code, a custom editor tool or whatnot, I feel really fulfilled. And at the end of the day, that’s what it boils down to.
“So I will be leaving Unity in order to join your ranks and dedicate myself to creating games.
“This has not been an easy choice – in fact, it has been one of the hardest ones in my life. I am infinitely proud of everything I’ve been part of building, proud of the team, and proud of having a tiny part of me in all your games. So proud that I can’t wait to experience Unity from the other side of the fence.”
Other than the fact that it will use Unity, however, Francis has offered no other clue as to his intentions. We’d put money on a mobile project, though.