The latest version of Unity's leading game development tool, Unity 3, has been released to games developers this week, enabling the creation of high-end graphics and mobile game creation tools at a bargain bucket price.

Unity is perhaps best known for its use in creating mobile, web and 3D mobile games. This latest version of the game creation package -version 3 – also gives game creators some impressive desktop and console graphics features.

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Unity recently picked up The Wall Street Journal 2010 Technology Innovation Award for its games developer tools.

Unity 3 offers devs the integration of Illuminate Labs' Beast Lightmap tool, which gamers will know from titles such as Mirror's Edge and Killzone 2, used to create high-quality 32-bit floating point shadow maps.

In addition to this, the tool also offers devs a number of other features previously only available in much more expensive tools - such as deferred rendering (allowing for loads more real-time lights in the game environment), a built-in tree editor, native font rendering, automatic UV mapping, audio filters and occlusion culling for desktop OSes.

And not forgetting its mobile heritage, Unity 3 also adds Android support. Unity remains free, while Unity Pro will set devs back $1,500.

Via Ars Technica