From shared victories to friendly rivalries, it’s the community that makes a game resonate. Introducing Unity Community Solutions – a suite of products designed to strengthen player connections, enhance safety, and enrich the social gaming experience. Plus, get the latest on player behavior in the just-released 2023 Toxicity in Multiplayer Games Report.
Communication is the heart of multiplayer games. It shapes player interactions, strategies, and immersion in a game’s universe. The newly enhanced Vivox Voice and Text Chat is designed to elevate this experience with engine-agnostic, cross-platform services to enable player communication.
We’re thrilled to introduce a new Vivox SDK for the Unity Editor, which offers better functionality and an enriched gameplay experience, including:
With Vivox audio source integration, you can seamlessly blend Vivox Voice Chat audio directly with the Unity engine’s audio system. This means that you can weave voice chat into your game’s audio mix and apply captivating effects.
Voice is not the only way players communicate, which is why we’ve added more features to Vivox Text Chat:
You can test out player comms in your own multiplayer titles today by registering an account or contacting us. For those going from Vivox Unity version 15.1.x or earlier to 16.0.0, follow this guide for a smooth transition.
A fun gaming experience can swiftly turn sour when toxic behavior intrudes. According to the recently released 2023 Toxicity in Multiplayer Games Report, toxic behavior is escalating. The proportion of players who’ve witnessed or encountered this behavior jumped from 68% in 2021 to 74% in 2023. In addition, almost 3 out of 4 multiplayer gamers admit they’d avoid a new game with a reputation for a toxic community.
In July, we launched Safe Voice in closed beta. It is now available in open beta for integration with moderation capabilities. Together, Unity Moderation and Safe Voice empower you to make confident and informed decisions, ensuring a more harmonious environment for players. With this end-to-end moderation platform, enhanced with evidence integration from Safe Voice, you are not just reacting to incidents, you’re understanding them. Use the evidence to make moderation decisions like:
Our suite of safety solutions seamlessly integrates with Vivox Voice Chat, enabling you to build communities that are safe by design.
Hi-Rez Studios recently integrated Safe Voice to elevate player experiences in Rogue Company, a multiplayer tactical shooter. Millions of players now benefit from an environment where engagements are about strategy, not disruptions. Explore the case study to learn more.
If you’re gearing up to join us at Unite, make sure to catch our breakout session, “Elevating your game community with AI-driven tools to reduce toxicity,” for a chance to explore how AI can be a game-changer in crafting positive player communities.
Earlier this year during GDC, we announced Friends and Leaderboards in open beta. Since then, we’ve had close to 300 customers add it to games and heighten players’ social experiences.
Now in GA, both Friends and Leaderboards are available for free for a limited time.
Friends ensures players can create and nurture lasting in-game relationships with features ranging from sending friend requests to monitoring online statuses.
Whether tracking daily challenges, clan battles, or high-score face-offs, Leaderboards fosters a competitive spirit among players. As developers, you’ll get a customizable platform while players receive fresh challenges with every login.
For Triangle Factory, who implemented the Friends SDK on Breachers, this broader suite of community solutions enables easy, cross-platform relationship building among its players. Senior Developer Tijs Van de Velde noted, “Supported by excellent documentation and samples, the implementation was a breeze. [Because of this tool], our users will be able to form friendships and easily join each other in-game.”
Learn more about Breachers on the team’s guest blog.
Games today thrive on collaboration, competition, and a strong sense of community. As these experiences blend the lines between virtual and reality, they craft memorable shared moments. Unity Community Solutions provides developers with the tools to tap into this trend, enhancing player experiences and deepening connections. Ready to dive in? Start creating now.