Unity Japan Introduces Their Mascot, Unity-Chan, And How She Was Made

By Sato . April 15, 2014 . 2:31pm

Last week, Unity Technologies Japan held an event where they showcased various features of their cross-platform game engine, Unity. The event also included a special feature on their mascot character in Japan, “Unity-Chan”. Game Watch gives us a closer look at what they showed during the event.

 

To get you up to speed on who and what exactly Unity-Chan is, she was created by Unity Technologies Japan designer “ntny”  as an open-source heroine character. She has a 3D character model that can be used by Unity developers to test out their games.

 

As mentioned in our earlier report, upon seeing Unity-Chan, Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey jokingly mentioned that since Unity has its own mascot girl, maybe the Oculus Rift should have one, too, which prompted Japanese fans to draw their own mascot for the Rift. But coming back to Unity-Chan herself, here’s how she was created.

 

During the earlier stages of Unity-Chan’s production, Unity felt that it would be better to have a cute character to help in the development of games, but unfortunately, no such character for the engine existed. That’s when Unity Technologies Japan’s Hiroki Omae and ntny decided to come up with Unity-Chan.

 

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The above is a look at Unity-Chan’s original design. While she was cute and had some sex appeal, the creators felt that she wasn’t memorable, and was neither good or bad. More importantly, though, she wasn’t exactly unique.

 

Since she was being made to help create games, the developers felt that she needed to stand out, and needed some sort of active characteristics, as if were always running, so that she would look natural while in action.

 

As a result, after further brainstorming, they decided to add features that would come into play with game development in mind. For example, her hair was designed in a way that makes it easier to see where she’s running. They also made sure to have most of her body shape visible without hiding much, so she can be used as a model for various poses.

 

Her colors were based off the image of a harbor or port, with high-impact and complimentary colors of orange and yellow with blue. According to ntny, his favorite part about her is that she’s wearing a swimming outfit.

 

While he claims that the purpose for it is for poses and it wouldn’t look weird if she’s gets soaked with water, in the end, it still looked more like a personal touch on ntny’s part, to which Omae jokingly added, “For better or worse, it’s probably the best element that represents Japan.”

 

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Additionally, Unity Technologies Japan revealed that there will also be a second wave of characters, called “Unity Friends” which will feature Unity-Chan and her buddies in a data package that comes with 24 motions, 12 poses, 8 expressions and 45 voices,


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  • Kaitsu

    Legs for days.

    • Testsubject909

      I see I have a fellow enthusiast of legs here.

  • fairysun

    Hmmmm, Miku new rival?

  • http://youtube.com/miyabigaming 禍津水樹 (MagatsuMizuki)

    Looks great

  • Tinye

    I want wallpaper NOW!

  • http://epiclyamazing.wordpress.com/ AzureNova

    Pretty gorgeous =)

  • Jellot

    Eh…I wouldn’t call any of the designs memorable or unique. They both look like the usual anime girl deal IMO.

    That said, I personally preferred the original design.

  • Shippoyasha

    I love how Japan so openly embraces the bikini-bottom/leotard designs. I am not afraid to say it’s one of the design choices I adore. Striped leggings are becoming pretty big these days too.

    • J_Joestar

      ABSOLUTE TERRITORY!

  • Revyatheworldeater .

    I love ntny’s design work; however, as much as I like Unity-chan I definitely like Ionasal.kkrr.Precial more.

    • Kai2591

      Unity-chan looks like Cas, no?

  • Yan Zhao

    I will call her pantsu-chan instead~

    • darke

      Swimsuit! :P

      • X_Bacon

        Mizugi-chan?

        • darke

          Better. >.>

        • Ni ~Algidus~

          Mizugi Pantsu Zettai Ryouiki Unity-chan

  • Makoto Yuki

    Japan never fail to amaze me…

  • revenent hell

    Unity-chan….
    *looks at second picture*
    Why am I never amazed that a person will put so much effort to make sure there is proper labia outlines in supposedly non hentai females? But I suppose its a given when they are posed in their undies.

    • darke

      Apparently it’s a swimsuit; clearly either a size or two too tight. >.>

    • John Diamond

      i didn’t even notice

  • Patrick Henry de Dios

    Cure character. <3

  • tubers

    http://storage.siliconera.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/06_thumb.jpg

    LOL stereotype panel.

    West on the left (male baldies/military-cut/etc), risque anime girl on the right xD

  • WyattEpp

    Striped stockings, school swimsuit, a vest over a shoulderless nightshirt, and a hairband with antennae. I’m surprised she doesn’t have glasses or something to appeal to more fetishes.

    But I have to wonder: was the cameltoe REALLY necessary? In official art, even?

    • darke

      Only seems to be in the Japanese announcement; unity-chan’s official Japanese site and blog doesn’t seem to be showing that pose.

      File it under “Only In Japan”?

    • Testsubject909

      But of course it’s necessary.

    • https://twitter.com/polaritymanx StarFang

      The cameltoe has the function to identify the quality of the character model and the texture.
      Think of it as the eastern equivalent of shooting walls for testing the quality of the holse left by bullets.

  • Duo Maxwell

    Japan, always getting the right priority.

  • ZetaSiren

    How long till unity-chan crosses over into Hyperdimension Neptunia :D

  • Testsubject909

    Unity-chan MOE!

  • Callonia

    I’M INTERESTED!
    THIS IS EXACTLY THE EXCUSE I NEEDED TO GET INVOLVED WITH UNITY!

  • Eder García

    so the model is available right now?

  • PreyMantis

    Rule #34 coming up.

    • Shady Shariest

      I can all ready hear the drawing tablets being plugged in~

      • J_Joestar

        “plugged in”?
        definitely sounds 34-ish.

        • Shady Shariest

          Lmao, i tried my best to avoid innuendos. :D
          You win three internet’s!

    • Vash bane

      lol

      Use of the Unity Characters for harming the honor and dignity of the Unity Characters, the Company, and products and services provided by the Company

      B.Use by small-scaled fan (doujin) circles, etc.

      lmao they wrote rules for her

      after reading some lol I think this is a n

  • ShitBiscuits

    For those of you that would like to download her to tinker around with in Unity, I found the link for her here:

    http://unity-chan.com/

    You may have to translate the page to find your way around easier.

  • Loli Summoner

    Why couldn’t it be cute “guy” huh?

    • darke

      Because he’d have to be named unity-kun?

  • Kornelious

    I still don’t understand what Unity is, But I DEFINENTLY support it X)

    • CirnoLakes

      From what I understand, it’s an engine, that is very common and very useful because it makes game development very easy for multiple platforms.

      For instance, it makes porting games between Windows, Linux, Android, and iOS, easier than it’s ever been before. It’s becoming more and more common, I hear, because not only is it easy to port for, but it’s one of the easiest and most friendly engines to develop for/on.

      I don’t know, but it also kind of makes me want to learn how to use Unity to develop video games myself.

  • Guest

    Am I wrong or “ntny” is the artist behind some of Gust’s games art ???

    • X_Bacon

      Yep, it’s him. :)

    • Kai2591

      Artist behind Ciel Nosurge and Ar Nosurge ;)

  • BleuVII

    Whoa… just WAY too much supposed “sex-appeal” on this one. It has actually turned me off. This character is borderline ecchi.

  • Vash bane

    hmm *squints eyes* the loids possibilities are endless here lol

  • Kai2591

    I APPROVE

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