Unity has announced that as of today it’s offering its game engine for iOS and Android free to independent developers and startup studios. The products previously cost $800.
As of right now, independent Unity developers will be able to deploy their games to Android and iOS platforms completely free of charge. Update Unity and you will find Android and iOS build options (previously basic add-ons) ready and waiting for you to use.
There are no strings attached, no royalties and no license fees. This is just an extension of Unity Free which we launched in 2009. Individual developers and startup studios can simply download Unity and get going on mobile game development. As before, companies and other “incorporated entities” (you know who you are) with a turnover in excess of $100,000 in their previous fiscal year are required to use our paid version. That way, we can keep the lights on and continue to make Unity better for everyone.
Unity notes that you can make as much money from your games as you like. The limitation is for large companies using their free products; rather than Unity trying to share your future revenues.
Additionally, the company says in the next few months it will also make its Blackberry 10 and Windows Phone 8 deployments available for free.