Unity Technologies announced that its basic Unity game development engine tools for mobile devices are now free to independent developers and small studios. The basic license originally cost $800 for both iOS and Android devices.
"We were able to make Unity free for the web and for desktop computers a while ago, but have been dreaming of doing the same for mobile for what seems like forever," explained David Helgason, CEO of Unity Technologies.
"Mobile games development is possibly the most dynamic and exciting industry in the world, and it’s an honor to be able to help so many developers be so successful in fulfilling their visions and in building their businesses."
Unity CEO David Helgason expanded on the new pricing on the unity blog, noting that this free mobile version is an extension of Unity Free, which was launched in 2009.
"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," he explains. "That way, we can keep the lights on and continue to make Unity better for everyone."