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So, Unity 4.3 is here. We’re incredibly proud to be able to share the new 2D tools, deeper Mecanim integration and improvements to the Unity IDE that feature in this release (along with a whole lot of other awesome stuff). You can read more about it on the What’s New page.

Our headline 2D feature is one we’ve really been itching to give you. It’s been in development for over a year now, and the team have done a great job creating a 2D workflow that really makes sense in Unity and turns a single spritesheet into an extremely powerful resource. To get a feel for how easily you can create stuff with the new tools, we’ve put together this walkthrough video.

At Unity, we decide together amongst ourselves which parts of the engine to update, or which new tools to work on, and the teams responsible for each specific area have a lot of independence – it’s largely up to them to set their own priorities based on their knowledge of our users wants and needs. This keeps us passionate, as we’re all working on stuff that we personally feel is very important.

Of course, we also like to bluesky think and come up with weird and wonderful ideas. This week we hold our regular hackweek event – hacking away in small teams on innovative new projects. They provide a fertile seedbed from which outstanding new features can grow for inclusion in the Unity engine.

You guys’ input is also incredibly important to us. Both the alpha and beta testers who help us identify bugs so we can ensure new Unity releases are stable, and the ideas we get from our feedback site help us to make Unity the best product possible.

In this release, for example, we’ve been able to supply users of our Mecanim animation tools with their most eagerly requested new feature: animation events for animator-driven characters.

So, big thanks are due to everyone who's helped make this a really feature-packed release. Thanks to everyone in the community who’s taken the time to submit bug reports or suggestions, and thanks to our hard-working QA teams and our creative and committed engineers.

The tools in Unity 4.3 may be completely new, but they’re already out there in the wild in use. For example, our 2D tools have already been used in delicious-looking and over-funded Kickstarter project Night in the Woods.

It’s a tremendous satisfaction to know we’ve put tech in the hands of such inventive people – keep the great games coming!

November 12, 2013 in Technology | 2 min. read
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