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Unite 2012 / Unity3D v4

I wish I was in Amsterdam for the Unite 2012 conference which kicked off today. Unite is Unity Technologies‘ annual developers conference, a great place to meet Unity staff and other developers, as well as peek under the hood of all the new features on the horizon.

They also released the beta of Unity3d v4 today, available to those who have pre-ordered (I haven’t yet) — a mixed blessing, because now if you are in the middle of a project, you will have to decide if you want to upgrade your project and take advantage of all the new features, or stay with the old-yet-stable v3.5 and not break everything.

This video from UT talks about some of the upcoming features

The biggest feature they’re touting for the release of version 4 is the Mecanim animation system, which does look pretty hot, bringing mo-cap quality to the indie developer, as well as a reportedly huge library of animation data to go with it.

Here is the infamous Will Goldstone demonstrating the technology for us.

Some of the other announcements include support for Windows 8 and Windows 8 Mobile, Support for Linux, and better support for Flash, and a new Online Services Marketplace.