unityWhether or not you even realize it, it's a safe bet that you've got at least one game on your phone right now that uses the Unity game engine. It's a really cool development environment that allows developers to essentially code their game once, then deploy it across a ridiculous amount of platforms ranging all the way from iOS devices up to the upcoming Sony PlayStation 4- Often times with either no or very few tweaks to make it work on each device.

In the scheme of game engine pricing, Unity was incredibly cheap at its initial free bundle when coupled with the $800 package license that allows developers to build iOS and Android games... But, $800 is still a lot of money for a indie developer dabbling in game development in their spare time. As of today, it's all free.

Unity CEO David Helgason explains the thought process in a recently released video:

If you want to fiddle with Unity, head on over to the download site. Exhaustive tutorials for anything you'd ever want to do (including tutorials that start with incredibly beginner-level stuff) are plentiful and merely a Google search away. I can't wait to see what kind of things comes of this shift in pricing.

[via Gamasutra]

  • http://twitter.com/codevinsky Jeremy

    The unity site seems to indicate that the prices are just as high as they have ever been. $1500 for iOS Pro. Perhaps I'm confused as to what it is you're indicating is free now.

    • http://twitter.com/putermcgee daniel schroeder

      You're looking at the Pro version. The regular version (which deployed to PC for free) was free, but you had to pay for a license to deploy to iOS/Android. Now, mobile deployment is included in the regular application.

      Basically, while you could have gotten your toes wet developing for PC with no risk, mobile always cost money. No there's no risk for mobile either.

      • Guest

        "Free Full Version for OS X with Unity Pro, Android and iOS trials."

        Still not really sounding free to me?

      • http://twitter.com/putermcgee daniel schroeder

        Then don't get it.

      • iammane

        There are two flavors of the mobile publishing plugin - the non pro one is free and the pro one still costs money... That's my takeaway at least. This is excellent news!

    • TheEvilRobot

      So if I download this i still have to pay $800 for licensing fees? I'm confused. I'm just a consumer.

      Also, once they raise the price do you have to cancel so you don't get charged?

      Can someone explain this to me?

  • http://www.facebook.com/ben.wetzel.71 Ben Wetzel

    I'm sensing a trend...as collars rise, prices fall...

    • airwa1k

      Please no!

      • http://www.facebook.com/ben.wetzel.71 Ben Wetzel

        Can't unsee this...

  • phoenix155

    On my gosh, fix your collar, guy!

    • shadax

      I couldn't get through the video and take him seriously. I thought it was a joke and had to close it out of my laughter. Way too distracting.

  • http://twitter.com/MobotStudios James

    Awesome news!

    Even if it's not the pro versions, this is still more than a couple thousand dollars that just went free. I would think this would be great news for anyone who has been enjoying dabbling in game making and was hesitant to shell out 500 bucks per device just to test the waters.

  • araczynski

    its basically completely free to use this for any company that makes less than a $100k a year i believe. no licensing, no royalties. so basically every tiny indie dev.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Micah-Neveu/1160696016 Micah Neveu

    I decided 2 things:
    1) Popped collars are bad (unless you are a super villain)
    2) I know what my next project will be using!

    • flashbackflip

      Maybe he IS a super villain!

      Think about it - making a tech free makes more devs use it and more ppl install it on their devices. And once there will b enough installations - KABOOM! Something really EVIL happens!

      Huh?

  • Duuude

    I can't take anybody seriously who wears a collar like this

  • MonkeyChunks

    Ok, the video is excellent as far as message but who the hell gave this guy the bad fashion advice to pop his collar up?! This has to be some kind of strange European interpretation of a somewhat annoying trend we had some years ago in USA. I just feel bad for the guy because he will be made fun of because of this popped collar.

    • Alex Thompson

      Eh, don't forget that European men wear capri pants as well and some even carry man purses. America has really fallen behind... I mean, they are miles ahead of us metrosexually.

  • Zdgames

    To bad I already bought it lol

    • http://twitter.com/Creashock Andrii Vintsevych

      Within the next two weeks, we’ll be reaching out to those of you who purchased basic add-ons in the 30 days before they went free to offer you discounts on future purchases. Remember that purchasers of basic add-ons qualify for rebates should they choose to buy Unity Pro Android / iOS licenses.

  • wigzisonfire

    Mo colla Mo problems

  • Ollivar Frank

    I smiled while watching this