Hi everybody, just wanted to clear something up. I received a message on MSN stating that the popular Unity game engine for iPhone was now being offered for free, this was exciting, and I decided to go check things out. So here’s what’s really going on.
The Unity Indie edition has now been completely removed. This was the lower priced version of Unity that required you to show a splash screen and had several features removed that existed in the much more expensive Unity Pro version. Unity Indie is renamed just plain Unity which is now free.
The Unity iPhone Basic edition still costs $399.. this is the bare minimum of what you need to develop games with Unity, run them on the iPhone and get them into the app store. That being said this is still a great thing for iPhone developers. The reason? Unity no longer requires you to apply to download the iPhone edition of Unity, but rather offers a direct download to a 30 day trial for iPhone users (internet communists you need not worry.. these Unity links are not affiliate links so you can d/l). Since you can also get a feel for the engine completely free of charge since you have an unlimited time to use the editor, and can run games on your desktop computer is also great just in case you end up realizing it’s not for you, you can find the download for "Unity" the new free version of Unity Indie here for mac.
All in all, this is a great thing… that is unless you owned Unity Indie in which case I would probably be a bit upset although they are offering Unity Indie owners a discount on upgrading to Unity Pro.
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