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Hands-On Unity 2020 Game Development

By : Nicolas Alejandro Borromeo
Book Image

Hands-On Unity 2020 Game Development

By: Nicolas Alejandro Borromeo

Overview of this book

Over the years, the Unity game engine has extended its scope from just being about creating video games to building AR/VR experiences, complex simulations, real-time realistic rendering, films, and serious games for training and education. Its features for implementing gameplay, graphics, and customization using C# programming make Unity a comprehensive platform for developing professional-level, rich experiences. With this book, you'll be able to build impressive Unity projects in a step-by-step manner and apply your knowledge of Unity concepts to create a real-world game. Complete with hands-on tutorials and projects, this easy-to-follow guide will show you how to develop your first complete game using a variety of Unity tools. As you make progress, you'll learn how to make the most of the Unity Editor and create scripts using the C# programming language. This Unity game development book will then take you through integrating graphics, sound, and animations and manipulating physics to create impressive mechanics for your games. You'll also learn how to code a simple AI agent to challenge the user and use profiling tools to ensure that the code runs in a performant way. Finally, you'll get to grips with Unity's AR Foundation for creating AR experiences for 3D apps and games. By the end of this book, you'll have developed a complete game and will have built a solid foundation using Unity's tooling ecosystem to develop game projects of any scale.
Table of Contents (24 chapters)
Chapter 20: Building the Project

Why use a game engine such as Unity?

When you want to create a game, you have several ways to do so, each with their pros and cons. So, why choose Unity? In this section, we will discuss the reasons for this, providing an overview of the previous and the current industry state, and specifically seeing the following concepts:

  • Past and present industry insight
  • Game engines
  • Positives of Unity

Past and present industry insight

At the beginning, users struggled with devices with limited resources but simple game designs. As the industry evolved, the hardware became more powerful and the games more complex than before. A big AAA game title requires almost 200 developers, working on different areas of the game. Each one of those roles requires years of experience, making games an expensive and risky task: you never know whether a game is going to be a success or a big waste of money. For these reasons, it was very difficult for a single person to make an entire game...