Unity Engine: Easy Gateway to Game Development
As far as I can remember, I was always amazed by videogames. “How could just one cartridge or CD hold all that fun content? How were they even made?” — I wondered one day. Since that day, it was clear that I always wanted to be a game developer.
Hello everyone! Today, I’m writing the steps on how to download the Unity Engine, a worldwide known free game engine, where you can start your own journey developing games. Unity has been used to create incredible games, and it’s even used for animation, films, and other software applications!
If you’re serious about becoming a game developer, Unity will help you achieve your goals, since it’s one of the easiest game engines to pick up, and it has a great community of developers that can aid if you ever need help.
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Straight to the point: How to install Unity
You can download Unity by clicking here! You’ll be redirected to the Unity’s download page where you’ll have 2 options: Choose your Unity + download and Download Unity Hub.
I recommend you to download Unity Hub, a standalone application that streamlines the way you find, download, and manage your Unity Projects and installations. Once you have it installed, launch it, and lets explore it.
- Projects Tab: Any time you add or create a Unity project with Unity Hub, it will be listed in this tab. It provides an easy way to launch those projects, and change their Unity version, platform, and other settings.
Before we click on the “New” button to create a new project, you still need to see the other three sections.
- Learn Tab: Unity has been recently pushing to create new resources and tutorials to help beginners get started with their engine. Their examples will also help you grasp some gamedev concepts, so I highly advise you to check those out.
- Community Tab: This section will provide you with some links to help you engage with Unity developers. The best thing about the active Unity community is that you’ll always find an answer to your questions.
- Installs Tab: You’ll be able to install here all the Unity versions and modules you want. Every version has different features and functionality that could change the way you’ll work in your projects.
Now that you are here, I want you to install a Unity version (that’s why I led you here before creating a new Unity project).
Click on “Add”, a window should open up showing you a list of versions you can install. Since you don’t know yet any of the differences between the versions, always choose the latest version that has a LTS (Long-Term Support) tag or the recommended release version. As soon as you pick one, click on “Next”.
You’ll also be asked to add modules to your Unity version. As you can probably see, almost every module adds build support to different platforms. You can leave it as is, but you’re welcome to select your preferred platform to build your game in. Press “Done” and wait for the installation to end.
Alright, now that everything is clear, go back to the Projects Tab and create a new Unity project. You’ll be asked to write a project name, where you’ll want to store it, and which template you’ll want to start with. Stick for now to the 2D / 3D templates. Once you have all that done, press “Create”, wait for Unity to launch, and that is it!
In my next article, I’ll explain to you every element of the Unity’s Editor, and how to change the layout to your preferences.
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