Unifier Web-based 3D platform goes live on Friday

Second Places announces the name of their long anticipated virtual world platform — Unifier. A new web based platform presents opportunities to developers, a more immersive experience to users and a simple easy to manage interface for those who wish to control their own virtual world.

Unifier takes virtual world to the web

There are currently six private worlds nearing completion, but on Friday the 15th of July the public can enter the first public world at unifier.secondplaces.net. These beta pioneers will have access to over 10 different locations all built using 3ds Studio Max, running on the Unity engine, as well as seeing new locations being added as they become available.

Unifier 3D environment. (Image courtesy Second Places.)

Each location is comprehensive and very quick to download; Unifier has built in code allowing you even quicker to access the second time. Users will have the choice of six avatars to start with.

Mark Duffy

Users can communicate using location based voice, or have private voice chats with their friends or even in groups. The text chat is multi-lingual including Semitic languages such as Arabic, Tigrinya and Hebrew.

“The ability to communicate in Arabic was the main driving force for Second Places, 206 million speakers were excluded from most virtual worlds on the market,” said Mark Duffy, managing director of Second Places. “We set our target to develop a web based platform and one of the core requirements was that all the people of this world would be included in text communication.”

For developers

“Using technologies such as Unity, SmartFox, inhouse knowledge of Virtual Worlds and Web software and combining them all together enabled us to allow even those who are not modellers or web gurus’ simple and easy to use management tools, straightforward integration to a multiple user world and effortless customisations,” he added. “Unifier even integrates in to your own web site and can even use your own user management database.”

Beta participation

To immerse yourself in the Unifier public beta test go to the web site and register through Facebook, Twitter, Google or Yahoo so you don’t even have to remember a new password. Places may be limited. Members of the press or virtual world bloggers can apply for registration before the 15th of July by emailing [email protected].

Beta pioneers will have the ability to walk around an Arabic town, an Aberdeen street, wonder around a massive tropical island (built by Unity) or just hang out in the Unifier conference center with their friends.

Feature list and future roadmap to launch

Feature list available here. Follow Unifier developments and the build up to public beta launch at twitter.com/SP_Unifier. View tutorial and demonstration videos here.

Pricing for Developers will be released soon.

About Second Places

Second Places was founded in May 2009, with an aim to develop virtual worlds as the new Web 3D.

Based in Alderley Edge near Manchester, Second Places employs an incredible team of developers, modellers and web experts to create revolutionary new packages, platforms and locations. Clients have included BP, Domino’s Pizza, EMAP, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic plus many more.

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