Most developers seem pleased with the turn of events. Especially with the fact that those who do not want to operate under the new conditions will be able to release their game on the old version of the engine. The developers of Aggro Crab have stated:
"Are the new conditions ideal? No, but at least we can all release our games in peace and then decide in peace what we will build our next productions on."
Rami Ismail (former founder of Vlambeer, now a consultant in the game industry), said that most of the developers contacting him are relieved, but they are not at all sure that they will continue using Unity for their next project.
Trust will be hard to rebuild
"Yes, just removed the page where you said you would never change the deal because no one was looking at it.(...) Get fucked!"
Dillon Rogers, aka the creator of Gloomwood, is also happy that he will be able to release the full version of his game on the old terms, but stresses that the trust between Unity and the developers has been destroyed:
"Unity destroyed its reputation and then dragged its feet on presenting the new terms.
In contrast, the developer of Caves of Qud and Sproggiwood Brian Bucklew doubts Unity's declarations regarding the fact that developers will be able to stay on the old version of the engine long term and thus avoid the new terms:
"Do you really think Unity will just say "haha, cool, use the old version, we'll support it really well" when no one will upgrade in 2024? If I were a betting man, after this week I'd bet on active sabotage of the old version by Unity."
However, other developers believe that sabotage won't be necessary, because most large developers will switch to the new version of the engine, despite the higher cost.
There are other concerns as well. David Szymanski (creator of DUSK and Iron Lung) finds it strange that Unity will both charge developers a subscription for using the engine and also take 2.5% of the revenue. In turn Sos Sosowski (creator of McPixel) points out that in the agreement Unity has reserved the right to increase its own share of revenue in the future.
- Unity - official website
Background on the case
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