3D Artist

Unity 2017 out now

News & Features
Carrie Mok

New feature Cinemachine creates cinematics easily without any code

Unity 2017 out now

Unity 2017.1 is now available to download from the Unity Store.

With more than 100 new features and improvements such as Cinemachine, Timeline, improved animation, post-processing, editor improvements, real-time shadows and more. Key highlights include:

Unity 2017 out now

• Timeline and Cinemachine: Artists can now create cinematic content and gameplay sequences without the need for coding. Timeline allows artists to easily blend and tweak animations within Unity, allowing for freedom to experiment and refine their creations. Cinemachine optimises the artist workflow and gives room for experimentation by eliminating hours of hand animation, camera programming, and revision by using smart cameras for shot composition in cinematic sequences and gameplay.

• Data-driven Live-Ops that tailors content to your audience: Unity 2017.1 gives users the power to take action on insights using a suite of Live-Ops analytics tools. Remote Settings is a powerful new feature that gives users the ability to make changes to their games in real-time, all without deploying a new version. Underpinning this is Standard Events which gives teams a window into how players are using their creations so they can make adjustments that will optimise enjoyment. Teams can also further maximise their success with Unity 2017.1’s built-in revenue generation solutions, bringing more opportunities to creators to optimise the performance of their content.

• A robust ecosystem that accelerates time-to-market: Unity’s robust and ever-growing ecosystem accelerates time-to-market and decreases production costs through the Unity Asset Store, a massive catalog of free and paid off-the-shelf content created by the community, for the community. The Asset Store’s all-new redesign is rolling out this summer and is home to art, models, scripts, sound effects, editor extensions, productivity tools, and more — anything an individual creator or team might need to make development easier and get their project to the finish line faster. Custom work and additional collaborators can be sourced through Unity Connect, the professional network and talent marketplace for all Unity Creators.

Unity 2017 out now

“Unity 2017.1 is a one-stop creation powerhouse that will allow teams of artists and designers to unlock their full creativity. With incredibly open choreography tools like Timeline, smart procedural cameras in Cinemachine which follow your direction, and a built-in world-class colour grading suite plus the ability to edit and output all from within, we’re unleashing a content creation game changer that will improve collaboration across the board.” said Adam Myhill, Head of Cinematics, Unity. “Working in an environment with so much power and flexibility doesn’t just save a huge amount of time, it allows you to experiment, iterate and collaborate in ways which are the key ingredients of so many great things.”

Unity 2017.1 subscription plans include Unity Pro at $125 per seat a month, Unity Plus is $35 per seat a month and Unity Personal is free for hobbyists and beginners.

Find out what else is new on the official Unity blogpost.