Unity Game Engine Obtains Anime Mascot Named Unity-chan

Unity Game Engine Obtains Anime Mascot Named Unity-chan

Unity-chan has an official website and will have 3D assets for use in games.

Unity, the cross-platform game engine used for games from consoles to mobile devices to social games, now has an anime mascot. Unity Technologies Japan revealed Unity-chan in a website for the official mascot along with screenshots of the colorful character.

Designed by ntny, Unity-chan appears to be more wild than demure. Various screenshots show her in high-energy poses, from happy smiles to a kick. Unity is far from the first company to use the popular anime style to breathe life into a mascot character. Earlier this year, Internet Explorer obtained an anime mascot named Inori Aizawa.

Unity Technologies Japan will provide 3D assets of Unity-chan for game developers using Unity to download and use in games. The assets will be released in spring 2014. The company will also display the mascot at its exhibit at the Comic Market 85 event in Tokyo from Dec. 29-31. Unity Technologies Japan will distribute themed goods, and the character's voice actress will also be present. On sale will be official art of Unity-chan. A blog for Unity-chan will be available soon on the character's official website.

Unity is already a popular choice as a game engine. Interactive story adventure game Gone Home, puzzle game The Room, and 3D revisit of a classic realMYST have all used the Unity engine. Its inclusion of an anime mascot is unlikely to have significant changes, but the popularity of anime mascots within Japan is unsurprising.

Source: Unity-chan.com, Unity 3D (Japanese)

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I won't be impressed with anything less than a full-blown anime series. If they do that, then I swear I'll buy a license for Unity and produce something resembling a game.

Is this starting to become a thing or something? I'm not sure what to think of this stuff. Though now I wonder who'll be next...

The timing for this is perfect, it's less than a week after Critical Miss took the piss out of it.

Hodgkin-Chan seems more likely everyday.

Halyah:
Is this starting to become a thing or something? I'm not sure what to think of this stuff. Though now I wonder who'll be next...

Valve? Now that they got an OS and a Controller... they only need a mascot.

Halyah:
Is this starting to become a thing or something? I'm not sure what to think of this stuff. Though now I wonder who'll be next...

*Shrugs* To me it seems like corporations missing the bandwagon yet again. Anime peaked a few years ago in terms of it's international (especially American) interest and has been gradually falling behind. Like most things it will probably come around again into the same kind of global prominence again, but for the most part this doesn't seem to have much potential for the wide-scale appeal they are going for. It seems more like something that would work when applied to the Japanese market specifically.

Wikipedia pretty much did this, with mixed results, a few years ago, which lead to sites like Encyclopedia Dramatica coming up with their own version as a parody, and it was internet cool for it's 15 minutes. When looking at this it just feels like "huh, what, didn't this already happen?".

Don't get me wrong, I wish them luck with their mascots, it's just hard to really feel much for it at all. Truthfully Critical Miss' joke on the subject was probably the most enduring thing that will come out of it (I really laughed at that one, and truthfully it does make me surprised we haven't seen more Tsundere mascots). :)

Is The Escapist going to get an anime mascot anytime soon?

you can already see that turning up in creepy fan fiction and creations

Well let's just hope not too many tentacle monsters are made by the fans...
I would prefer a game engine to sell on it's technical prowess but I guess this is another approach to use.

Aerosteam:
Is The Escapist going to get an anime mascot anytime soon?

There is already one
He is called Yahtzee

Is it that the guy that made her ironically sucks with the Unity engine or is it that she has hoof's rather than feet? Because those things do not look like feet.

Angelous Wang:
Is it that the guy that made her ironically sucks with the Unity engine or is it that she has hoof's rather than feet? Because those things do not look like feet.

She wearing high heels.

Because the Unity engine needed *THIS* more than fixes to the engine -.-
Maybe I'll just go back to using AIR.

Bindal:

Halyah:
Is this starting to become a thing or something? I'm not sure what to think of this stuff. Though now I wonder who'll be next...

Valve? Now that they got an OS and a Controller... they only need a mascot.

Steam-chan. Think of the possiblities!

I also find this relevant

http://www.escapistmagazine.com/articles/view/comics/critical-miss/10804-The-Adventures-of-Hodgkin-Chan

But seriously. Does everything need a wide eyed, didtzy girl to make it more appealing? One or two cases is innocent enough but such frequency only serves to irrigate the field of conspiracies.

iniudan:

Angelous Wang:
Is it that the guy that made her ironically sucks with the Unity engine or is it that she has hoof's rather than feet? Because those things do not look like feet.

She wearing high heels.

Still kinda weird though. Don't want to sound impolite to this none-existent anime mascot but it looks like she got her toes amputated.

Ot: I wonder if this fad will catch on in other companies. Kind of hope not because I tend to get easily annoyed by the moe-craze.

iniudan:

Angelous Wang:
Is it that the guy that made her ironically sucks with the Unity engine or is it that she has hoof's rather than feet? Because those things do not look like feet.

She wearing high heels.

heels that shes wearing those stoking like things over. oh anime, you so silly.

Bindal:

Valve? Now that they got an OS and a Controller... they only need a mascot.

Huh that one would be interesting to see. Can't quite picture what it'd look like granted.

Therumancer:
-Snip-

You learn something new each day it seems. Didn't know something like this had been tried before. I suppose only time will tell where it goes, but if it brings in some hilarious results then I'm pretty much for it.

I don't think it has large enough breasts or enough upskirt shots for anime fans, I wonder who they are targeting with this mascot.

I give it 24 hours before a porn animation is made.

bafrali:

Steam-chan. Think of the possiblities!

Gabe Newell is already my waifu.

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blackrave:

Aerosteam:
Is The Escapist going to get an anime mascot anytime soon?

There is already one
He is called Yahtzee

Ah, yes. I forgot about Yahtzee-chan.

Bindal:

Halyah:
Is this starting to become a thing or something? I'm not sure what to think of this stuff. Though now I wonder who'll be next...

Valve? Now that they got an OS and a Controller... they only need a mascot.

I admit, if Valve-chan turns out to be a steampunk moeblob, that may just convince me to take up PC gaming. XD

Not sure how to feel about this. I have watched a lot of anime in my time, but this whole young girl mascot thing is a little bit too weird for me. It just makes me wonder who they are trying to appeal to and then I feel a bit insulted.

The Plunk:
I give it 24 hours before a porn animation is made.

I bet on half a day.

Halyah:

Bindal:

Valve? Now that they got an OS and a Controller... they only need a mascot.

Huh that one would be interesting to see. Can't quite picture what it'd look like granted.

Therumancer:
-Snip-

You learn something new each day it seems. Didn't know something like this had been tried before. I suppose only time will tell where it goes, but if it brings in some hilarious results then I'm pretty much for it.

There was a "boom" of mascots back when "OS-tan" was introduced in Japan's 2Ch, it died on with time though.
http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/os-tan

Whats up with companies and them getting their own anime styled mascot.
not that I mind

Well, I guess it worked. If not for this article, I still wouldn't know what Unity is.

The Plunk:
I give it 24 hours before a porn animation is made.

bafrali:

Steam-chan. Think of the possiblities!

Gabe Newell is already my waifu.

image

Nothing against Gabe, but I don't think I could possibly sleep at night with that staring at me.

 

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