Without a doubt, the introduction of Unity and other gaming engines such as CryEngine and Unreal helped to liberalize the gaming arena, making development tools widely available at affordable costs. In turn, developers are able to focus more on the creative aspect of building games instead of sweating over underlying technologies.
Essentially, a game engine such as Unity 3D is a set of tools used to develop games by incorporating interactivity, audio, graphics and elements of networking too. In other words, the game engine code is responsible for powering any audio or graphic a player interacts with on the screen.
Before the introduction of universal game engines, each gaming company used their own in-house technology to develop their games. Game engines at that time were just a small, subtle element of the actual game. The diversity and complexity of platforms has however changed all this, as the technology needed to develop games becomes even more complex.
Game Engines to The Rescue
Game engines such as Unity 3D eliminate the need for developers to use separate software tools for game development processes such as audio, animation, rendering and so on. While there is a free Unity 3D version, which comes with fewer provisions, developers, can opt for the Unity 3D Pro version, which offers greater functionality to build and distribute games.
One might wonder what makes Unity 3D so popular?
Recent findings by the Game Developer Magazine showed that Unity is the most preferred game engine among mobile app developers. Many developers cite the fact that Unity offers a faster development time as the major reason why it is increasingly popular.
The quick to implement and intuitive nature of Unity is really what makes this game engine standout of the competition. Developers are thus able to focus on the creative process of building a game instead of fiddling with inflexible software.
In particular, the Unity Editor comes with helpful features that make building a game as fun as it is playing it. Some of these features include:
- A list of Game Objects available on a scene
- A feature for previewing the final product
- A browser that lets the developer see a list of activities in the developer’s project
- A properties adjuster
- Scene view
Another advantage of using Unity for game development is that it is compatible with modelling tools for 3D development. In fact, Unity works well with Maya, Lightwave, 3D Studio and so many other development programs. What this means for the developer is that he can easily import his work from any of these program into the Unity game engine. Notably, developers can create assets from the bottom-up or they can easily access them from the Unity asset store.
What about the quality of the final product?
Not only does Unity offer compatibility and rapid development time; it also provides high quality end products with stunning animation effects. At the end of the development and production process, games can be adapted to work across different platforms including Android, iOS, Mac OS, Windows and Linux and consoles such as PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360. Games built with Unity are also compatible with popular web browsers including Firefox, Chrome, and Internet Explorer.