Now simply called 'Unity,' the free engine and suite naturally contain fewer features than the $1499 Pro license but still offer plenty for budding designers and developers to tinker with. You can nab the suite in a 163MB download from FileShack.
"With the explosive growth in new platforms and performance improvement in our Unity suite of products," said CEO David Helgason in a press statement, "We believe that there are no technical hurdles remaining for high quality interactive content everywhere. Now we are removing financial hurdles as well."
While Unity is perhaps best known for powering browser games such as The Quest for R2-D2 and Flashbang Studios' fine games including Off-Road Velociraptor Safari, it can also produce standalone PC, Mac, iPhone and Wii versions.
I was treated to a live demo of Unity 3D at the AGDC. I got to see a game transmitted to an iPod touch from the editor, with changes from the editor being updated in real-time to the game. I can see how a game can be put together with minimal grief using this toolset.