Unity Technologies (https://unity.com/), creator of the world’s leading real-time 3D development platform, announced Tuesday the acquisition of Artomatix, an award-winning software company that uses AI and neural networks to streamline 3D artistic workflows in top studios worldwide. Artomatix’s flagship product, ArtEngine, leverages AI to help artists accelerate their creative workflows for material creation, enhancing their ability to achieve their artistic vision and produce photorealistic content. Workflow benefits apply to every industry creating 3D content, regardless of platform or engine.
Under the terms of the acquisition, Artomatix will join Unity while continuing to operate out of Dublin, Ireland, where the team is expected to grow exponentially over the next two years in the areas of research and development.
“AI-assisted content creation tools empower artists by increasing their creative velocity to produce better work and get to quality faster,” said Brett Bibby, Chief Product Officer, Unity Technologies. “ArtEngine helps game studios create realistic content for the next generation of consoles and VFX studios to achieve better visuals for films, and can enable equally impressive results for creatives working in other industries. From automotive and architecture to retail marketing and more, the demand for high fidelity design visualizations is growing at an exponential rate and will benefit from ArtEngine’s capabilities.”
Advances in technology and increasing consumer expectations are driving higher demand for more high-quality content, and businesses are struggling to scale their productions to keep up with this demand. Unity is committed to solving this problem by empowering content creators with cutting-edge, AI-assisted artistic workflows so they can spend less time focusing on the repetitive minutiae and more time on creative efforts, leading to better end-user experiences. With ArtEngine today, 3D artists can rapidly create high-quality content that scales for the platforms of today, and to the technologies of tomorrow. In time, Unity and Artomatix will bring the same depth of technology and creative flexibility to all artists worldwide.
“Unity understands the value of enabling creators to do more, and that’s something we’re deeply committed to,” said Joe Blake, Chief Executive Officer, Artomatix. “AI creation tools like ArtEngine help to put AAA quality content within reach of more creators than ever before. By joining Unity, we can greatly accelerate the delivery of our industry-leading AI for creatives. ArtEngine will continue to remain platform agnostic, enabling creators to benefit from our AI technology regardless of which engine they choose for their projects.”
Unity is the complete platform for real-time 3D (RT3D) development giving everyone — from emerging creators to global brands — the most powerful and accessible tools to create real-time 3D experiences. There were 37B installs of Made with Unity content in 2019, which equals 3.3B installs per month — or 1,185 installs per second.
[Source: Unity Technologies]