ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unity

ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unity is Now Available in the Unity Asset Store

We are pleased to announce that the ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unity plugin is now available for Unity developers through the Unity Asset Store.

Next Generation 3D Geospatial Applications

Today we are witnessing a growing number of organizations seeking to deliver the next generation of 3D GIS solutions. AEC, defense, utilities, natural resources, and other industries are creating 3D client applications that target specific workflows and deliver photo-realistic experiences powered by authoritative, real-world data. These next generation geospatial applications take advantage of high-end graphics capabilities on modern devices to deliver experiences that are highly interactive, responsive, and intuitive. These applications need to run on a variety of device form factors including desktop, mobile, and specialized headsets to power extended reality (AR and VR) workflows.  To meet the growing demand for the next generation of 3D GIS applications, in 2023 Esri launched the ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unity.

Leader in real-time 3D visualization

Unity Technologies is a worldwide industry leader in 3D visualization. Unity provides a set of tools to create natural looking and immersive experiences. Combining the realistic interaction models, atmospheric effects, physics, and 3D assets from Unity with authoritative geospatial data from ArcGIS opens a world of possibilities for next-generation 3D applications. Users can now combine photo-realistic terrain and high-fidelity models to build digital twin solutions on an accurate geospatial canvas. Developers can visualize detailed Building Information Model (BIM) data next to realistic 3D asset models of trees, vehicles, and infrastructure. Modeling the movement of data and navigating through a scene is now possible with exceptional performance and a natural fluidity that brings a lifelike experience to real-world GIS datasets. And Unity includes excellent support for XR headsets so developers can build world-scale AR, photo-realistic VR, and virtual tabletop experiences that provide a truly immersive experience for GIS data.

Unity Editor and ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unity
Unity Editor and ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unity

Esri and Unity Technologies began working together early in the development of ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unity. One of the key results of that collaboration has been Unity’s development of the High Precision Framework (HPF) to provide double-precision, geographic coordinate support on a global scale; without it, placing geographic data with the precision that’s required by digital twin applications would not be possible. Also, it’s important to highlight that the ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unity has been reviewed by Unity and received certification as a “Unity Verified Solution”. As a Unity Verified Solution, developers are assured that the ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unity “meets Unity’s highest quality and compatibility standards”.

ArcGIS Maps SDK available in the Unity Asset Store

At Esri we are excited to unlock the power of the Unity real-time 3D platform for our existing customers and to see what the ecosystem of Unity developers will build with the real-world data and location services that ArcGIS delivers. We have now made it easier for established Unity developers to discover, download, and get started with the ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unity by making it available at no cost in the Unity Asset Store. The Unity Asset Store is the one-stop online shop for Unity developers to discover and download assets that assist in building games and applications.

We're incredibly excited about the integration of ArcGIS into Unity technologies, and we're proud to announce that it's now verified on the Unity Asset Store. This collaboration opens up a world of possibilities, bringing the power of location intelligence and spatial data to the forefront of immersive experiences. Together, we're shaping the future of interactive mapping and spatial storytelling, creating new opportunities for innovation and engagement.

Paul Cummings, Ph.D. Chief Architect Unity Technologies
ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unity in the Unity Asset Store
ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unity in the Unity Asset Store

Having the ArcGIS Maps SDK in the Unity Asset Store is just another step in making it easier for Unity developers to access the power of the ArcGIS system. The ArcGIS Maps SDK development team is dedicated to providing streamlined access to geospatial data, world-class documentation and samples, and bringing new and exciting features to the game engine developer community.

Download the ArcGIS Maps SDK for Unity today!

About the authors

Chris LeSueur is a Product Manager for the ArcGIS Maps SDKs for Native Apps and ArcGIS Maps SDKs for Game Engines. Chris has over 20yrs experience in the GIS industry working in various positions in Technical Marketing, Competitive Intelligence, and Product Management. As a product manager Chris works to broaden the reach of GIS by improving the native app development experience for mobile, desktop, and games engine developers.

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Rex Hansen is a Product Manager for the ArcGIS Maps SDKs for Native Apps and ArcGIS Maps SDKs for Game Engines. He has over 25 years of experience in GIS, spatial analytics, and computer mapping. Currently, he guides the development of native technologies in the GIS industry to use authoritative geospatial content and analysis in offline workflows, photorealistic experiences, and immersive, extended reality solutions.

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Mike Branscomb is a Product Manager for the ArcGIS Maps SDKs for Native Apps and ArcGIS Maps SDKs for Game Engines. With over 20 years of experience working in the Esri ecosystem, he specializes in .NET, Local Server, and 3D Scene Layers. Mike is also a Scrum Product Owner with over 10 years of experience guiding teams through the product development lifecycle.

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Nick Furness

Nick Furness is a Product Manager for the ArcGIS Maps SDKs for Native Apps, and Game Engines, specializing in Swift and iOS. He's spent over 20 years working in the GIS space building projects ranging from small mom-and-pop solutions all the way up to enterprise utility and national government deployments. Nick presents at various Esri Developer Summits, the User Conference, and many other events, almost always talking about something to do with the Native Maps SDKs although you might find the odd bit of JavaScript thrown in there.

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