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Project Anarchy (PA) – new free desktop and mobile game engine from Havok. In this article I’ll try to compare Project Anarchy and Unity 3D Engine and find out main advantages and disadvantages of these two engines.
Author: Sergey Taraban
Project Anarchy includes two standard licence versions: Project Anarchy Free and Project Anarchy Pro. Up to this moment Project Anarchy have not clear pricing information about Project Anarchy Pro. You need to write email to support for detailed information.
|Unity (price: free)
For desktop, web and mobile distribution
|Project Anarchy (price: free)
For mobile distribution only.
|Project Anarchy PC Exporter (price: 499$)
PC distribution extension of Project Anarchy free version.
|Unity Pro (price: 1500$ or subscription $75/month) + additional per-platform packs (price: 1500$ or subscription $75/month and Windows Mobile free)
For desktop, web, mobile and console distribution
|Project Anarchy Pro (price: unknown)
For mobile, desktop and console distribution.
|Widows Desktop||yes||yes (pro)|
|Mac OS||yes||yes (pro)|
|Android x86||no (announced)||yes|
|Windows Phone 8||yes||yes (pro)|
|Consoles (ps3/xbox/wii/psvita)||yes (pro)||yes (pro)|
(pro) – only in Pro version
Project Anarchy uses C++ for native developing and Lua for scripting in editor.
You can right native code plugins for both of them.
Platform where engine development tools works.
|Linux (Ubuntu)||yes (using wine)**||no|
* – limited edition. build only. Development tools (vForge editor, exporter plugins, model viewer) not supported.
** – has some bugs and limitation
Version features comparison
Comparison between version of this engines. Project Anarchy has a lot of features disabled or missing in Unity.
|Project Anarchy Free
|Project Anarchy Pro
|Custom Splash Screen||no||no||yes||yes|
|Modern UI system||no (announced)||yes (Scaleform)||no (announced)||yes (Scaleform)|
|Render pipeline low-level access||yes||yes||yes||yes|
|Native Code Plugins Support||yes**||yes||yes||yes|
|Profiler and GPU profiling||no||yes||yes||yes|
* – not fully supported
** – only for mobile
For now Project Anarchy is not a competitor for Unity engine for game development. In some cases it may be a better solution then Unity in mobile development. But for web and desktop development Unity is better solution now. Advantage of Project Anarchy is Scaleform GUI System, additional graphic features and a bit more powerful physic system.
Project Anarchy is more complicated, not so flexible and not so easy to use like Unity. It has not Unit Store like service with a lot of extensions and assets.
Also Project Anarchy is huge dependence from a Windows platform. All its development tools use Windows technologies. Unity has more cross platform architecture.
Price for Project Anarchy Pro version is unknown now.
- Unity license comparison.
- Project Anarchy features and license comparison.
- Discussion Project Anarchy for Linux.
- Discussion about Project Anarchy Pro version.
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Author: Sergey Taraban