Unity Releases Free Mobile Publishing Extensions
On May 21, Unity Technologies announced that iOS and Android builds are now available for free within the Unity platform. These targets formerly required additional purchase from the Unity Store totaling $800.
Furthermore, the other supported mobile platforms, including BlackBerry and Windows Phone 8, will be included at no additional cost once they are released.
“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,” said David Helgason, CEO, 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.”
Note that while creating the mobile targets is now included in the free Unity package, publishers are still required to submit their games to the appropriate parties (such as the Apple App Store or Google Play), which may require additional licensing fees.
Those interested in building games targeting the iPad, Android tablet, iPhone, iPod, or Android phone can download Unity for free at unity3d.com/download.