Unity 3D 2.5 Released, Includes Windows Build Environment IDE

This is fantastic news!  Unity3D 2.5 has been released a bit early before GDC and it includes the game changing windows build environment and IDE.  This now opens up the Unity 3D market by a huge factor and Unity3d will find its way into many gaming companies that are heavily invested in Windows. We should see the amount of unity 3d players and content ramp up quite a bit this year.

Dont’ get me wrong I love my Mac Book Pro and continue to use it for development in Unity3D, iphone sdk etc.  But being able to use my windows machine as a dev box is great and I know this will be huge for many windows users not wanting to shell out the $1500 for the unity license AND $3000 for a decent macbook.  The cost wall has been lowered and it is a great investment if you are an indie game developer or a large game developer.

I usually only get excited about open source tools on this blog because they help everyone with skills have access, I hope one day there will be an open source 3d browser based engine as well.  Right now though there is nothing price competitive other than maybe torque instantaction plugin or the gaim engine (quakelive) that comes close with hardware rendering and none of them beat Unity in ease of pipeline.

One thing about Unity3d is it was a game engine from day one, it is only a game engine.  It isn’t like Director or Flash that are also application development kits, rich internet application kits etc.  This is pure game engine baby with hardware rendering for the win. Also, if you want to make 3d games for the iPhone without going hardcore OpenGL ES you can do so with an additional license that opens up your distribution channel to the iphone, flash can’t do that currently unfortunately.

And so it begins… GAME ON!

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  • http://www.flashbookmarks.com Ringo

    Let the madness begin :)

  • http://blog.iainlobb.com Iain

    This should see an explosion of new developers = greater profile = more games = new sub-industry? If the c# / .NET crowd get on board, this will be huge!

  • HealyHQ

    This is fantastic! I wasn’t expecting 2.5 to be released this early! I just might indulge myself in an early birthday gift for myself this year. ;-)

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    A fully integrated professional application

  • http://www.fuzeit.com Stuart

    What a great time to be in the interactive industry.

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