When you’re getting started in the world of game design, there are a million things you are trying to learn all at once. You’ll have to learn about game design, coding, graphics design, sound effects and music, and so much more. To make matters worse, you’ve then got to string it all together into a semblance of a working unit, and then promote the hell out of it to get other peoples attention.
Long story short, it’s a LOT of work. That’s okay though, you can do it, and the thousands of tutorials online will help you get there. If you’re just starting in the world of game design, I think you’ve made a fantastic choice choosing Unity as the engine for your game. It’s multi-platform, user-friendly, and supported by a comprehensive asset store.
It’s that asset store and the assets that you can obtain from it, that we’re here to talk about today.
How Much Do Assets Cost?
Prices on the Unity Asset Store are all over the place, and depend on the asset, and what the creator thinks they’re worth. As of the time of writing, I noticed that there was one item, AVPro Video (Enterprise Edition) available for $3,500.00, and that seems to be the high point right now.
You, however, are just getting started. You’re probably not looking to dump thousands of dollars into assets right now when you’ve barely taken your first steps into game design right? That’s okay! There are hundreds of free assets on the Unity Asset Store as well.
Using these assets, you can hone your skills, and many of them are licensed for you to use in your finished projects. Make sure you read the description to find out what kind of license they are provided under, but for the most part using these assets can help give you a springboard into the world of game development.
How Do I Download Unity Asset Store Assets?
The easiest way to download Unity Asset Store assets is to do so from within the Unity Editor. You’ll want to have Unity installed on your computer before beginning these steps. I’ll begin as if you’re working from the Unity Hub, however, if you want to start with the Unity Editor itself you are more than welcome to do that, simply go to step 2.
- Open the Unity Hub, and then select the project that you want to import assets into. In my case, I will use my Test Project.
2. Once the Unity Editor has loaded, if you are working with a blank project, you will be looking at a screen much like the one below.
3. Now, approximately one-third of the way across the screen, you’ll notice an Asset Store button. Click that.
4. You should now be on the main page of the Unity Asset Store. Now we need to select an Asset and import it. I’m going to select the Dream Forest Tree, but you are welcome to select any asset you desire. Click on the picture or the title of the asset to be brought to its store page. Once there you can read the description, about the license, and then purchase the asset.
5. Once you have decided on the asset that you wish to download from the Unity Asset store, click the download or purchase button on its store page. Your download will then begin and when it’s complete we will be able to import it into our game. This may take some time.
6. Once downloaded, there are two ways to get the asset into our game. The first way is if we are still on the store page, we can click “Import” right here. The wizard will then walk you through importing the files into your game.
The alternative method can be used if you purchased the asset a while ago, or you have simply left the store page for the asset. Click the “My Assets” button that is circled on this next screenshot.
This will bring you to a new page where all of your assets will be listed. Navigate through your owned assets until you locate the one you wish to download.
Click the “Import” button to import the asset into your project.
7. It doesn’t matter which method you choose, there will be loading bars…
8. Then you will be presented with the Import Unity Package Utility.
You are going to want to import everything associated with the package, however, if you know now that you only want a specific piece of the package, you could select it here. When you are ready, click import in the bottom right-hand corner of this screen.
9. There you have it, there will be more loading bars, but you have successfully imported a new asset into your Unity Project. Congratulations, you’re on your way to building an entire world.
Even though I selected a free asset at random, I want to thank IL.ranch for this fantastic environmental asset, and I think you should all check out their other offerings as well. Happy building!