Sunday, June 9, 2013

Unity free for mobile indie developers

If you want to start making Android games, the guys from Unity just got you a huge present. They released their cross-platform engine for free. Well, at least if you're making less than $100,000 a year with your apps, which I suppose you do. Watch the announcement yourself or read it on the official blog.

If you haven't heard about Unity yet, you should check out the Wikipedia article about it and see some games created with this tool: Bad Piggies, Temple Run 2, Slender: The Arrival. Also, here's their official YouTube channel (go to the Made With Unity section for some amazing stuff) and Facebook profile with news, announcements, and deals.

Mike Kasprzak, an indie game developer whose blog I follow, wrote a nice article some time ago about modern middlewares, featuring Unity as one of the most interesting tools. After that, he continued his reasearch and described his experiences in another post. Apart from that, Mike is a really cool guy. I suggest checking out his game Smiles which got plenty of awards. I used to watch the indieconversation YouTube channel where he talks with other developers about... well basically all aspects of indie game development. It doesn't focus on Android, but it's fun to watch and gives you some insight into the lives of a bunch of geeky individuals.

For all those who want to learn Unity, here's a great forum thread which mentions probably all possible resources there are. Let me know if you create something cool... or even if you fail miserably. If you've already made a game with Unity and want to show off to others, feel free to comment and post a link to it.

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