Unity has officially released its Muse AI platform for general use as an early access build. Initially introduced in July, Muse is a collection of AI-powered tools designed to simplify the game development process, especially for those who prefer a more streamlined approach over intensive coding. The platform is priced at $30 per month.
Described as an “ever-expanding suite of AI-powered features,” Unity Muse caters to developers of all skill levels. It enables users to obtain usable code through interactions with a chatbot. This chatbot also serves as a resource, answering questions and providing guidance based on its access to the platform’s resource library. Such bots are increasingly becoming indispensable tools in the toolkit of game designers.
A dedicated tool within Muse focuses on streamlining the creation of 2D sprites, catering to budding Metroidvania designers. This tool automatically generates sprites based on predetermined parameters, providing multiple variations for users to choose the most suitable option.
Muse extends a similar process for generating textures applicable to both 2D and 3D projects. The sprite and texture tools have been exclusively trained on data and images owned or licensed by Unity, ensuring compliance with copyright laws. Unity emphasizes that Muse results will never include “people, logos, or recognizable artistic styles.”
According to Unity, the sprite and texture tools mark just the beginning. In the upcoming months, Muse will incorporate AI mechanisms for animating characters, defining NPC behaviors, and handling various tasks—all without the need for coding, aligning with a prevailing trend in the industry. Muse subscribers also gain access to Sketch, a rapid-prototyping and collaboration platform.
The release of Muse was not the sole announcement at the Unity Unite conference. The company revealed more details about Sentis, an upcoming AI-powered neural engine that extends beyond sprites and textures. Sentis can tackle complex coding problems and even create new in-game features from scratch. Currently in open beta, Sentis is slated for public launch next year.
Unity also introduced a set of cloud-connected tools to enhance collaboration, and it shared availability details for the highly anticipated Unity 6, expected to launch next year.