This is our first look at Unity – an integrated authoring tool for creating 3D video games or other interactive content such as architectural visualizations or real-time 3D animations. The editor runs on Windows and Mac OS X and can produce games for Windows, Mac, Wii, or iPhone platforms. It can also produce browser games that use the Unity web player plugin, supported on Mac and Windows.
We have spent the morning dragging and dropping files into the interface for direct viewing in the game engine. In short, we are impressed at the shear ease of use, within 15 minutes we had our both our 3D Tube Map and Greeble City complete with sky box, lighting and first person viewpoint up and running:
For anyone used to having to jump through various hoops to get models into a game engine Unity is quite simply a breath of fresh air. There are two main licenses: Unity Indie ($199), and Unity Pro ($1499). Unity Pro is required for businesses with over $100,000 turnover/year.
Our movie was produced via the 30 day trial of the Indie version, we will be taking a closer look at Unity over the coming weeks, for now see http://unity3d.com/unity/ for more information.