Unity has decided to stop selling Flash deployment licenses, the company announced today. Though it will continue to support Flash customers through the rest of the current cycle, it has decided that Adobe is not "firmly committed" to development on the platform.
The company blog explained the decision, peppered with criticism of Adobe. "We don't see Adobe being firmly committed to the future development of Flash," it stated. "This is evidenced by the cancellation of Flash Player Next, the instability of recent Flash Player versions and by Adobe’s workforce moving on to work on other projects. By introducing, and then abandoning, a revenue sharing model, Adobe eroded developers' (and our) trust in Flash as a dependable, continuously improving platform."
It states that Unity's own web player has gotten a lot of traction in the last 18 months, which helped make the decision to move away from Flash. It promises that it will keep the feature set throughout the 4.x cycle, with bug fixes, but doesn't plan to make "further significant investments" on the platform.