Unity3D recently announced that pre-sales are going on for their Android version of their great 3D engine. Game developers who are still on the border as to whether or not they want to make the jump to Android or, if you already are developing for Android making the jump to Unity 3D, have a little more incentive now. Unity3D will give the first 500 Unity Pro for Android pre-sale orders a free Nexus One.
Yes you heard that correctly. The first 500 pre-sale orders for Unity Pro for Android will receive a free Nexus One phone.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – June 24, 2010 – Unity Technologies, provider of the Unity development platform for highly interactive 3D content on the web, iPhone, iPad, PC, Mac, Android™, Wii™, Xbox 360 and PlayStation®3, today announced that Unity Pro for Android is available for pre-order now at https://store.unity3d.com/shop/. To celebrate this, Unity Technologies will give away 500 unlocked Google Nexus One mobile phones to the first 500 customers to pre-order Unity Pro for Android. Unity Pro for Android, unveiled last month at Google I/O in San Francisco, includes all the features which single out the technology as the leading choice for developers of apps in games, education, training and simulation.
Unity Pro for Android features include:
Integrated Editor - Keep all your development in one place.
Android Remote - Use your phone as an input device to test your game directly within the authoring tool.
One Click Deployment - When it's time to build, one button press is all you need for Unity to assemble all your assets and code into a complete executable.
Highly Optimized Graphics Pipeline for OpenGL ES 2.0 - Shadows, spherical harmonics and full-screen effects galore.
Easy to use asset importing, support for pretty much every art package under the sun.
Unity Pro for Android is an add-on license to the Unity Pro package and is priced at $1500 for existing Unity customers. New customers pay $2700 for the full deal.
“We firmly believe that the future of games lies in the web and mobile markets, and bringing Unity to Android gives our users easy access to a new and rapidly growing audience,” said Nicholas Francis, Chief Creative Officer of Unity Technologies. "We're completely stoked that we managed to team up with Google so we can get a bunch of phones included with 500 pre-orders. We don’t know exactly what people will create - only that with the skills of our users, it's gonna rock!”
Looks like a good time for any potential 3D game developers thinking about developing for Android to hop on board. This is the kind of promotion that is needed to get game developers to feel good about making the jump to Android.
Update June 24, 2010 2:48pm: Unity3D just announced there will be an Android (Non-Pro) license when it ships but pre-sales are only for the Android Pro version along with the free Nexus One.