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How Long is the Unity Free Trial?

Unity offers a 30-day free trial of the Unity Pro software. This gives new users full access to the professional tools and features for one month. After 30 days, the free trial will automatically convert to a paid subscription unless canceled.

What Happens at the End of the 30-Day Trial?

At the end of the 30-day free trial period, your subscription to Unity Pro will automatically renew to a 12-month commitment based on the payment plan you selected during sign up. For example, if you chose the annual plan, you will be charged the full annual price after the trial ends.

You can manage your subscription settings and turn off auto-renew anytime in your Unity account. Make sure to do this before the 30 days are up if you do not wish to continue with a paid plan.

Extending the Free Trial

Unfortunately, there is no official way to extend the length of the free trial past 30 days. You cannot sign up for multiple back-to-back free trials either.

However, it is possible to start a new trial if you use a different email address and account. This would essentially reset the 30-day clock, but does require setting up a separate Unity project.

What is Included in the Free Trial?

The Unity Pro 30-day free trial gives you full access to the same tools and features that come with a paid Pro subscription, including:

  • The Unity real-time dev platform
  • Improved graphics and performance
  • Visual scripting with Bolt
  • Particle system improvements
  • Lighting and material upgrades
  • Animation rigging package
  • Unity Forms
  • fbx Exporter package

You can use any features needed to evaluate Unity Pro during the trial. Just be aware that any projects or assets created will not be accessible after the trial expires unless you start a paid subscription.

Using Unity Personal for Free

Unlike the Pro trial, Unity‘s Personal edition is free to use long-term with no time restrictions. Personal allows you to get started with basic Unity development at no cost.

Unity Personal has limited features tailored for beginners and hobbyists. It lacks some pro tools like visual scripting and advanced shaders. But you can publish your games royalty-free with no revenue restrictions.

The Personal license works well for testing Unity or making simple games to learn. But for professional projects, most developers will need to upgrade to a paid subscription eventually.

Paid Subscription Options

After the free trial ends, here are the paid subscription options to continue using Unity Pro:

  • Annual plan – $1,800 per user billed annually
  • Monthly plan – $150 per user billed monthly
  • Plus plan – $400 per user billed monthly
  • Enterprise – Custom pricing

Unity also offers specialized plans for students and small businesses. These provide discounted rates for qualified customers.

The Pro and Plus licenses are mainly differentiated by support options, cloud services, and customization features aimed at larger studios. Solo developers can likely get by with the basic Pro plan.

Is Unity Worth Paying For?

Whether you need a paid Unity subscription depends on your projects and development needs. Here are some things to consider:

  • Unity Personal is very capable for simple games, 3D apps, and solo devs.
  • Pro is recommended if you need advanced tools and graphics capabilities.
  • Larger studios may benefit from enterprise licensing and support.
  • Paying for Unity can save significant development time and headaches.
  • You have the flexibility to upgrade your license as your needs grow.

Evaluating Unity Pro during the free trial is the best way to decide if it‘s worth the investment for your goals. Many find the productivity and performance gains well worth the subscription cost.