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By leveraging Unity Game engine develop code ‘once’ and publish ‘everywhere’. Unity is one of crucial tools for video game development, interactive media installations and architectural visualizations. It is basically a cross-platform game engine with a built-in Integrated Development Environment (IDE) by Unity Technologies. Developers use this amazing game engine to develop video games for web plugins, desktop platforms, consoles and mobile devices.

UNITY 3D lets you create what you want and work how you want

Unity is a game engine or a code editor, which allows to run the games developed in a different environment and helps in assembling the visible parts of the game with a graphical preview and also lets its developers use a controlled ‘play it’ function. Through Unity 3D game engine developers can develop their content with highly customized tools and workflows. It lets the developers experience more efficiency by customizing and extending the functionality of the editor interface.

What makes Unity so popular for Game Development?

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Unity is a whole ecology of tools and services developed for those who want to create multiplatform games and interactive content. The Unity ecosystem is available to anyone who downloads the Unity engine. The Unity engine assimilates into one consummate platform the tools to create 2D and 3D interactive content, rapid multiplatform deployment, collaboration solutions, and provide retention, advertising and analytics services to help businesses increase revenue and value both. Here’re a few points to ponder on that makes Unity so popular:

1. A tool designed for Indie game developers

Unity is a structured, accessible platform flooded with tools that make it an easy to use and tools for indie developers. It features three scripting languages: UnityScript (similar to ActionScript — however, called as JavaScript), C# and Boo. And, UnityScript is easy to come up to speed with. Unity 3D allows the game developers with low budgets to not only build games but to use the same tools that big developers do.

2. Flooded with Asset store

Unity 3D has come up with a robust and highly demandable asset store where the developers can download game assets, functional extensions and handy solutions to make their creations more exciting and popular. So, apart from providing an amazing tool which lets game developers focus on ingenious elements of Unity, it is also providing a channel for developers where they are helping each other with skeletal scripts and extensions to accelerate their innovation and smoothen their development lifecycle, project maintenance and debugging. The Unity’s asset store is an assembly of 12,000 asset packages including 3D models, textures and materials, music and sound effects, editor extensions and online services. Now, developers can select from a vast array of Editor extensions, plug-ins, environments and models and much more.

3. Multiplatform – Deployment support for over 17 platforms

One of the key points of Unity 3D that makes it so popular is its multiplatform functionality. Through Unity, games can be rapidly and easily ported onto Android, iOS, Windows Phone 8, and BlackBerry. It provides the development for Playstation 3, Xbox360, Wii U and web browsers. Unity has expanded its domain to support Sony’s PlayStation Vita adding another feather to its ecosystem.

4. Multiplayer Tech – Anyone can use

Unity 3D’s ultimate Multiplayer tech makes it easy and trouble-free for developers to develop any type of multiplayer game with any number of players. The first phase of Unity Multiplayer is expected to be delivered in the Unity 5.x cycle, which will help both networking engineers and non-specialist developers to efficiently set up network models, create rooms, and connect their players with each other.

5. IDE makes it an easy to use interface

While creating code in Unity, developers can create logic around an object that can simply be set by dragging the codes in the IDE. Similarly, an object through the IDE can be recovered via a code and is available for logical conditioning. Unity’s this feature helps developers in quick tests, prototyping, and balancing while the game is being built.

6 Recent 2D release – makes it a great game engine for the development of 2D games too

Developers have often been complaining about the 3D approach of Unity and its inability to support 2D games. With the release of Unity 4.3 in November, this problem has been resolved. Unity 4.3 has native 2D capabilities, supporting sprites and 2D physics. And, this has made the Unity as a universal platform for game development of all kinds of games including 3D, 2D and mixed approaches.

7. Easy to use Scripting

The Unity editor provides a drag and drop environment to develop highly customized and robust games. Unity’s scripting also allows developers to create a game without even writing any code. However, many projects require programming chops. Unity developers can use C#, JavaScript, or Boo, which has syntax similar to that of Python. While the development environment runs on Mono, an open source version of the .NET Framework. And, Unity itself is written in C++.

8. Game Ads for Gamers

Now with Unity 5, Unity Ads can be incorporated. Unity Ads will make it easier than ever to capture top caliber players, or monetize the existing fan base. Unity’s this feature is already trusted by top publishers like Sega, Supercell and King. Since, Unity Ads is a game-exclusive ad network, so only top-notch gamers can see the ads.

9. Graphics – To make game building simple and hassle free

Unity provides a set of tools for common image processing tasks when importing new image assets. Also, Unity directly imports MAX files.

10. Comes with Free licensee

Unity, as a highly used game engine is completely free. However, there are a few different licensing fees for Unity. The Pro version which is $1500 offers more features that include global lighting, render-to-texture, Mecanim IK Rigs and a custom splash screen. Thus, apart from a few features, the free version of Unity is not much different from the Unity Pro version.

Unity is a complete package that offers developers a huge and over flooded set of features and functionalities like create environments, add physics and lighting, manage audio and video, handle animation, profile GPU and CPU performance, multiplayer and many more. And, that’s made it one of the widely used and popular game engines among developers. Parangat a top-notch game development company has developed a lot many games on Unity to leverage its full potential. Our highly skilled and adept team of game developers are known to deliver robust, highly scalable and cost-effective mobile solutions tailored to our client’s needs. To view our portfolio click here.

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Anisha is a Blogger at Parangat Technologies. She just focuses on key technology and topics which can help people succeed in business.