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Unity technologies launches version 2.6 of it's platform and makes unity freely available.

Posted by Henley on Oct 30th, 2009

A few days ago the multi-platform Unity engine had a brand new update (version 2.6) as well as a price drop for independent developers who choose to use the engine for both personal and commercial use from $200 USD to well zero.

David_Helgason_CEO_Unity_Technologies wrote:With the explosive growth in new platforms and performance improvement in our Unity suite of products, we believe that there are no technical hurdles remaining for high quality interactive content everywhere. Now we are removing financial hurdles as well. Unity is mature enough and easy enough to use that it can be the entry point for those developers taking their first steps with the technology.

Now I can hear your eyebrows raising but before you ask there really isn't any catch to this, aside from the Unity spashscreen that is. So there really is no reason as to why your not tooling around in it as you read this go and download it now!

Or for your Mac, or iPhone!

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NullSoldier Oct 30 2009, 10:40am says:

All right. I'm looking forward to this. Why is Unity so special? It's special because you can develop iPhone games without feeling like your going to vomit because your writing your code in Objective-C.

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Betelgeuze Oct 30 2009, 11:04am replied:

Also special because it works on Mac too.

So Ive downloaded this version, it says I can only use it for 30 days for free :s

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moci Oct 30 2009, 11:16am replied:

You had to license the software and you could chose to either select the pro 30 day free trial or the free license. You must have selected the wrong option. No worries I think the pro features just turn off after 30 days and you're left with the normal free license.

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Betelgeuze Oct 30 2009, 11:42am replied:

Ive just downloaded from moddb, didn't get any options or registration forms before the download started. (mac version)

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TKAzA Oct 30 2009, 12:22pm replied:

When you install it will promt you to get or buy a license, it will take you to the unity website and you click free license, then it will give you a free license.

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Dragonlord Oct 30 2009, 1:39pm replied:

But no Linux version :(

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Joe_Shmoe Oct 30 2009, 2:57pm replied:

I was thinking just that yesterday... No linux -sigh- why not =(

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myles Oct 30 2009, 7:00pm replied:

Because all Linux is good at is hosting servers? ;D

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Soulseker Mar 28 2010, 6:56am replied:

No it's not just wait for the spark-engine-linux-release :P

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Lavama Jun 3 2010, 9:54pm replied:

Just wait. Some one will come along.

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Elementalist Oct 30 2009, 10:54am says:

Oh wow, awesome.

Not really interested in iPhone, but other stuff is cool.

Although, I find it weird, the example game for Unity that they have makes it seem like a horribly unoptimized engine. Guess I'll find out.

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blackmodeler Oct 30 2009, 10:54am says:

This is very awesome. Unity feels like a really solid game engine to me. Can't wait to see the indie games developed with unity ^_^

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DOLBYdigital Oct 30 2009, 12:52pm says:

Great news for devs, its always good to have more options for engines especially when they are free :)

Look forward to some new games using this including Interstellar Marines.

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Feared Oct 30 2009, 2:03pm says:

This is a shame that it is free now.

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CSargeP Oct 30 2009, 2:31pm replied:

Why's that?

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Feared Oct 30 2009, 2:55pm replied:

Many people payed for the this and every Indie developer who did got screwed.
Indie groups/dev's don't have a large budget and every little counts.

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CSargeP Oct 30 2009, 6:07pm replied:

Ah, I could understand how that would be frustrating.

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MrTambourineMan Oct 30 2009, 6:37pm replied:

Quote from unity blog: Secondly, we understand that people who recently bought Unity Indie might feel really unlucky. Every single Unity 2.x Indie license owner will be offered to upgrade to Unity Pro or to add Unity iPhone Basic to their license for a big discount. And everyone who bought Unity Indie in the last sixty days are alternately being offered full refunds if they don’t wish to upgrade. Source:

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formerlyknownasMrCP Oct 30 2009, 6:56pm replied:

a BIG discount is a very good thing if you're an indie developer, most of us will be at the stage now where we've got products that could easily facilitate the need of a pro-license. I think that's the assumption there.

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Feared Oct 31 2009, 1:39am replied:

Great, now I can get the pro version cheap!
Thanks for that, didn't really look into it.

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Elementalist Oct 30 2009, 2:55pm replied:

I imagine maybe they paid for it when it wasn't? Or less exclusivity? *shrug*

EDIT: Late reply, but I was right. xD

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Kamikazi[Uk] Oct 30 2009, 4:34pm says:

Dammit. We just bought a engine license for C4 because unity was to costly and now it goes free that sucks.

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formerlyknownasMrCP Oct 30 2009, 6:58pm replied:

Yeah that's kind of bad- I nearly bought a license too but put it off because I wanted to see how the new unity and torque3D engines went. You never know, you might find some uses for C4- but yeah its a shame.

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moci Oct 30 2009, 7:38pm replied:

Not bad at all, I'm not sure about C4 but I think it's different from Unity. Specially if you are going to do any multiplayer things like mmo's.

Unity requires you to run services on their servers/server clients. Which means extra licenses.

I was always under the impression C4 was more like a real engine, like source etc, where you could just use it as a game server and have the DB etc be something different.

I could be totally wrong here of course.

Making unity free only changes something for the indie/hobbyist that wants to make some standalone game.

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GTJuggler Oct 31 2009, 2:54pm replied:

Where did you hear that you have to "run services on their servers/server clients." Its a regular game engine capable of building a .app, or .exe standalone game, publishing to iPhone app store, or building to web. And when I say web, I mean you can host it on whatever server you want and make www calls to any server you want from within the game.

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Nokiaman Oct 30 2009, 4:47pm says:

Great stuff. New Tiger Woods browser game from EA uses this.

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Jeffman12 Oct 31 2009, 1:25am says:

I don't get it, if it's free to use, why isn't it open source?
Not saying I have problems with the engine, I'm just curious. Afterall, I assume the reason it's being made free is due to the dev team moving on to something else.

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madgernader Oct 31 2009, 1:40am replied:

Just the indie license is free. The Professional version still has to be bought, and its nearly the same thing with some added features. So their still working on the engine.

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Feared Oct 31 2009, 1:41am replied:

Because other engine developer's could steal there work!
That's why UE is never open-source, even if you pay for the damned thing.

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Ark_ Oct 31 2009, 8:55am says:

This is great news, I am going to mess around with this now and see how easy it is to work with.

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Kamikazi[Uk] Oct 31 2009, 10:43am says:

Yah c4 engine is more off a engine like source, ut etc but if we could of got Unity free would be been better. still probley need to pay more anyway as our devolopment is a professional sold game anyway.

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GTJuggler Oct 31 2009, 2:51pm says:

After making 3 games so far (student, and a personal iPhone game), I can say Unity is my favorite engine to work with. My engine experience consists of UE2, Source, C4, Virtools, Trinigy Vision Engine, and GameMaker, so I know I haven't tried them all. Unity is just my favorite among the ones I've seen and my opinion seems to be shared by a bunch of people.

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madgernader Nov 1 2009, 12:29am says:

After reading this and looking at the unity products page, it looks like the iphone version of unity isn't free. As it had its own license and wasn't part of the "indie" license that was made free. That might want to be changed in the article.

If I'm missing something tell me, cause I would love the iphone version to be free.

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Setlec Jan 1 2010, 7:18am says:

here on this page it says that there is linux version but not the official page, any comments?

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