The Asset Store, new and improved, starting today
Unity Tech Blog –
We’re revamping the Asset Store to make it easier for developers to find what they’re looking for. It runs better than ever on mobile, and search results are improved too. Read on for highlights.
Our community has never been stronger. They embrace Unity’s passion for democratizing game development and readily share ideas, solutions and creations.
The Asset Store is the hub where much of that activity materializes. The numbers speak for themselves: 1.6M monthly active users, 56K assets created by tens of thousands of developers, and more than 1M downloads a month. The Asset Store enables hobbyists and professional developers alike to focus on what really matters – building great experiences.
To make it easier for developers to find exactly what they need and based on the community feedback, we are redesigning the Asset Store in 2019. The first phase is focused on improving discoverability and optimizing the store for mobile, and it’s live today.
Here are some of the features we’ve added to help you find what you’re looking for:
- Instant search – pre-visualize search results as you type or filter
- Suggestions – start typing and we’ll show you keyword suggestions
- Improved search algorithm – more data for better results; the system now tolerates typos and recognizes plurals and synonyms
- More filters – filters are also now available on the homepage and category pages, so you can find free assets with one click or search for specific publishers
- Keyword recommendations and access to recent searches
- Category improvements – more options to narrow down your results
- Featured content – curated to put the best assets and tools at your fingertips
The new design is responsive, so the look of the site changes according to the screen size of the device you are using. We think this will make it easier for you to navigate and browse on mobile.
More content is displayed at once, yet the site has a cleaner look and feel.
We listened to the community and removed the horizontal scrolling. The design doesn’t take up the full width of the screen, so it works better on different sizes of monitors.
We’ll continue to upgrade the site over the coming months and launch the rest of the features for the all-new Asset Store in full later this year.
Users and publishers alike can expect better experiences. We’re refreshing the publisher and product pages, and we’re making sure product pages give users the relevant information to make a decision.
We’ll continue to enhance discoverability, by including machine learning for search results and adding contextual category filters.
Other improvements and fine tuning will depend on your feedback. You can leave a note within the Asset Store by clicking on the blue comment icon at the bottom right of the page.
We will also read your comments on this blog post and in the Asset store forum. So check out the new Asset Store in its first iteration and tell us what you think.
We’ll be closing the doors of the original Asset Store later in the year as we focus our resources on the new design. To make the transition smoother, we’ll maintain it for a few months until the new store is up and running in full. We’re confident that we’re bringing you a better experience. We know there are pieces of the original store that you love, and we hope you can see how your feedback has impacted our latest designs and more.
The most recent version of the Asset Store (released Fall 2017) has been upgraded to the new design.
We encourage you to give our latest work a try and share your thoughts with us. You are invaluable to making the Asset Store a better experience for everyone, and we’re looking forward to evolving the store with our community by our side.