With the launch, Unity bolsters its longtime mission to democratize development by opening up the entire engine and editor to all developers through progressive licensing options that add big value for large studios and massive power for hobbyists and developers just getting started without taking a share of revenue. Unity 5 comes in two editions:
Unity 5 Professional Edition
Unity 5 Professional Edition is all about adding incredible value whether for a small 2-3 person studio or a 100+ person studio with the addition of Unity Cloud Build Pro, Team License, Game Performance Reporting, Asset Store Level 11, Unity Analytics Pro, access to previews and betas and more for the same low price of $75/month subscription.
Unity 5 Personal Edition
Unity 5 Personal Edition is a free solution empowering hobbyists, sole developers, and studios just getting started with all the powerful features found in the Unity engine and editor such as Profiler, Occlusion Culling, Render-to-Texture, and Post-Processing Special Effects as well as all the big Unity 5 features like Physically-based Shading, Enlighten, and reflection probes.
"Unity 5 is a massive step up for Unity that empowers developers to make more beautiful and intricate games that reach bigger audiences, across more platforms," said John Riccitiello, CEO, Unity. "We want everyone to have access to Unity 5 which is why we've increased the value of our royalty-free licenses. Unity 5 Professional starts with the power of Unity 5.0 and adds valuable tools such as Unity Cloud Build Pro and Team License. Unity 5 Personal Edition is for the developer just getting started and offers all the power of the engine and editor for free."
Developers around the world are already finding great success using Unity 5, such as the recently released Republique Remastered from Camouflaj and the upcoming games Ori and the Blind Forest from Moon Studios and Rival Kingdoms from Space Ape.
The most powerful version of Unity yet adds big features to an extensive creative toolset that enables developers to craft stunning visuals and innovative gameplay experiences across any style, genre, and platform:
A Graphics Powerhouse
Unity 5 has massively enhanced graphics capabilities like physically based shading, real-time global illumination with Enlighten, and reflection probes that enable developers to create stunning visual experiences.
Feature Rich and Highly Flexible Editor
Unity's comprehensive, time-saving, and extensible editor is even more powerful in Unity 5 with 64-bit support, unprecedented audio tools, big improvements to animation, huge physics upgrades, and much more. With Unity 5, developers have the power and flexibility to let their creativity run wild.
Industry-leading Multiplatform Support
Unity 5's industry leading multiplatform support does the heavy lifting so developers can focus on crafting awesome gaming experiences across 21 different platforms, including the new WebGL target as well as consoles, desktop and mobile.
Unmatched Efficiency Boosted in the Cloud
Unity's legendary development efficiency reaches new heights with the launch of Unity Cloud Build that taps the power of the cloud to further increase productivity and keep developers' focus where it should be: making great games. To find out more about Unity Cloud Build, which is also available today, visit https://build.cloud.unity3d.com/.
Unity 5 Professional and Personal Editions are available for immediate download today at http://unity3d.com/5.
About Unity Technologies
Unity Technologies is the creator of Unity, a flexible and high-performance end-to-end development platform to create rich interactive 3D and 2D experiences. Unity's powerful engine and editor serve as the foundation to develop beautiful games or apps and easily bring them across multiple platforms: mobile devices, home entertainment systems, personal computers, and embedded systems. Unity also offers solutions and services for creating games and connecting with audiences including the Unity Asset Store, Unity Cloud Build, Unity Game Performance Reporting, Unity Ads, and Unity Everyplay. Unity Technologies serves over 700,000 monthly active developers including large publishers, indie studios, students and hobbyists around the globe. For more information, visit: http://unity3d.com.
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