We are excited to share our plans for 2021. We’ve listened to your feedback and established our plan based on what we’ve heard.
Our 2021 product commitment is simple. It's about giving you production-ready features, workflows, and components based on what you have told us you need. We consider a feature production-ready if it fully meets your needs, is fully supported from release, and has timely bug-fixing, improvements, and a clear roadmap – in other words, features you can rely on throughout your production.
To execute predictably we are also changing how we work. We’ll do less, we’ll do it better, and we’ll prove it works cohesively before we release it. We’re bringing bigger, complete teams together to develop the features and functionality that are most important to you. We’re investing in our product, program, engineering, and design teams so we can increase our focus on supporting you with great workflows and commit to predictable, reliable releases
All software development is a process. Every month, we will invite you to view and comment on our progress through a series of developer diaries so you can see the theory become reality.
These are our focus areas for 2021:
The Unity 2021 release series builds directly on the Unity 2020 LTS (Long-Term Support) release. Its key focus is to increase the stability and robustness of the Editor, to drive down bugs and regressions, particularly those with the greatest user impact. We don't want this to be a side note. We want it to be the foundation upon which everything else stands and takes us forward. We know this is what makes the difference when you're trying to both make day-to-day progress and take a game over the line.
Another important change is that in addition to #bugs, #regressions, and #crashes, we are incorporating broken workflows and interoperability in our definition as bugs and logging them as such.
Additional areas of focus include:
For Unity 2021 we are evolving three specific feature areas: graphics, multiplayer networking and visual scripting.
We will mature our Universal Render Pipeline (URP) solution and stabilize the High Definition Render Pipeline (HDRP). Our long-term goal with our rendering pipeline is to have complete interoperability with all Unity features so there will be one way to build your scene with an ecosystem of tools to support users.
In 2021, we will provide Bolt visual scripting as a core feature, built directly into Unity. As we do this, we will bring consistency across all our node-based development tools. We know it is key for a great user experience to unify the workflows of visual scripting with other node-based solutions.
We will deliver a stable and supported netcode foundation. First, this means expanding the focus beyond the Data-Oriented Technology Stack (DOTS) netcode space to solve for current-Unity GameObjects. Second, we are committed to delivering full-stack solutions for key genres by building alongside the incredible talent in the open source software (OSS) multiplayer community. And finally (we heard you), multiplayer creation needs more than just netcode, so we plan to make a significant investment in tools, docs, and samples to make it easier to get started.
As evidenced by the success of games like Mediatonic’s Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout, great multiplayer games are possible in Unity today, and we will keep making it easier.
Our product release schedule in 2021 will be anchored in these release commitments:
We are also continuing our efforts for our Data-Oriented Technology Stack (DOTS) to lay the foundation for the future of Unity and the architecture that delivers multithreaded performance by default. More on that in future blog posts.
The feedback our community provides is priceless, and we want you to come on this journey with us. We’ll be sharing regular updates via monthly developer diaries to keep you informed on the progress we’re making and will provide ways for you to get in touch.
Please join us for an AMA on the /r/Unity3D subreddit tomorrow, Aug 14, at 9:30 am PST/12:30 pm EST. Unity team members will be on hand for two hours to answer your questions. Additionally, we are also hosting a moderated Q&A thread in the forums for the next couple of days to give everyone the chance to ask questions and provide feedback.