Unity: A Great Choice for Beginner and Vet Developers Alike
You’re an ambitious developer, or someone simply looking to get their idea out in the open – ever wonder what software to use which easily lets to get a handle on your mobile game or app project?
When handpicking a game engine, developers have options a plenty, ranging from fairly simplistic 2D engines to complex and powerful 3D ones. Then there’s cost – some are free, however, the most sought-after ones can cost millions to acquire.
Which game engine is a good match for your project? Well, let me tell you there’s a one-size-fits-all that works well no matter how basic or high-level your projects are: Unity.
Before delving further into why it’s an ideal choice, let’s quickly acknowledge something: making games or apps isn’t all fun and games. It requires serious dedication, expertise in the field and good old-fashioned hard work. Hire a game developer to have all your bases covered. The rest is up to Unity!
Unity at a Glance
Unity has often been hailed as the best game development engine available for less than a mill in cash. Created as a development tool for a game called GooBall in 2004, today Unity has earned the banner of “revolutionizing game development and allowing devs to create highly detailed and rich 3D environments”.
There are more than a million registered Unity developers at the moment, including Coca-Cola, the Cartoon Network and NASA. A 2012 survey indicated that 53.1% of mobile game devs prefer using Unity, particularly iPhone game developers.
Unleash Powerful Scripting
Use all three languages collectively to allow seasoned devs from a variety of technological backgrounds to contribute their intellectual insights to the project. Since languages are used as scripts, you get quick compilation times and iterations, as well as flexibility in design. This language approach to development ensures you start making games without any delays whatsoever, putting to use your extensive knowledge, or easily attaining it as and when needed.
Getting to Know the Unity Editor
Unity’s editor offers a very “visual” experience so to speak; an engine that simplifies the development workflow. Its editor is a true testament to just that.
Perhaps you’ve never worked with an engine that boasts its own visual editor. In any case, chances are you’ll be taken aback at how rapidly you can build and make changes to your projects. Want to move an object a wee bit to the left? Click anywhere in the scene and drag the object. How about seeing how your object behaves with modified or new properties? Check out the Inspector window – done, and done!
The game you’re working on actually runs in the “game” window so you get to see a preview of how it looks on the target platform. A brilliantly powerful and time-saving feature is being able to run your game as you’re viewing locations and properties of all objects in a scene.
The editor also allows the inclusion of custom-specialized plugins and tools, seamlessly integrated into Unity’s interface. Get more productivity out of every project.
One Source Rules All
Among Unity’s most impressive features is the ability to build apps for multiple platforms, that too with great ease.
A drop-down menu gives you options to build for Linux, Windows PC, Mac, iOS, Android, Flash, any major Web Browser, Wii U, PS3 and Xbox.
Making a game for multi-platforms? No additional changes need to be made to your project. Spend more time and energy improving the quality of your game and virtually no time on porting it to different platforms.
Irrespective of the expertise level of your teams, you can deploy them to practically all platforms. All you need to do is understand the ins and outs of this superb game development engine, the rest just falls into place.
What You Pay is What You Get
Development engines these days often come with preposterous pricing or payment plans that make you want to run in the opposite direction, fast. Other engines don’t disclose or list their prices or make you take part in long discussions to determine what quote is “right” for you.
The thing about Unity is it just lays it bare for you: the Free or Pro version. Naturally, free is going to be everybody’s favorite number, and let me assure you it isn’t a watered down version. It comes ready with features you need to build as well as sell games on a commercial scale.
Eager to take the more advanced tools for a spin? A $1500 one-time licensing fee gets you LOD support, IK Rigs, or Path-finding. This might seem like a high figure to a developer just starting out, but in the game developing world, this is simply a ‘starter’ amount. Still unsure if this license really is for you? No problem; a free license gives you access to a 30-day Android trial in addition to a 30-day Pro trial.
Join the Party
A very legitimate question you might be asking yourself is what kind of developers take advantage of Unity, which has indeed a very large registered user base. Among Unity’s most common users are large gaming companies, including ones from the indie scene, thanks to its versatility.
Unity’s popularity isn’t just limited to gaming companies. It is currently being used for simulation, research and demonstration in many companies spanning the globe.
Regarded today as among the very best game development platforms, particularly in the iPhone game development circle, Unity’s incredibly powerful and flexible tools are pure homerun hitters. The visual editor, robust scripting, multi-platform support coupled with the Mecanim animation system, is what sets it leaps and bounds ahead of the competition.
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