Unity is a cross-platform game engine with a built-in IDE. It was developed by Unity Technologies, and it is used by more than one million developers in order to develop video games for web plugins, desktop platforms, consoles and mobile devices. The Unity Engine is extremely popular as it is easy to use, and, according to recent news it appears that it will be even more accessible.
There have been many games made with the engine, not only DOS-styled management games like Organ Trail: Director’s Cut to turn-based RPG Knights of Pen & Paper but also full-fledged 3D games like Surgeon Simulator 2013.
Two years ago, the company dropped a $200 fee for Indie developers, and that move helped grow the Unity community from 13,000 developers to just under 2 million. At this moment, Unity has even better news for all the developers interested in the engine.
As stated during the Unite Nordic trade conference, by the Unity CEO, David Helgason, who had excellent news for all Mobile games developers using the engine, Unity will no longer cost an $800 licensing fee to developers who make apps for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android as it will be completely free of charge.
Therefore, the basic add-ons have now been made free, in order for anyone to be able to download Unity, and use it for publishing an app for iOS or Android without paying fees for the engine.
However, all the developers must know that there are still limits regarding how this all works. Therefore, there still are pro versions available for sale to both iOS and Android developers. In case there are developers making over $100,000 per year with their releases they must purchase a pro license. The fact that they can start for free, can be considered a fabulous opportunity for many developers who have the chance to get in and try Unity, and make develop more and better games on the App Store.
In accordance to additional information offered by Helgason, similar tools for BlackBerry 10 and Windows Phone 8, will be made freely available under the same terms. Therefore, it will be easier for many independent game developers to publish for these popular mobile platforms without having to pay a fee for the Unity engine or its toolkit.
Those who are interested in trying Unity can download the software free of charge from the official website.