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Rec Room’s New Unity-Powered Authoring Suite Brings Industry-Standard Tools to Social Virtual Reality Platform – Road to VR

Social virtual reality platform Check-in room announced the release of a new authoring suite that allows you to publish content directly to the Check-in room platform since Unity, essentially allowing its users to create content using a host of industry-standard tools.

The company indicates in a blog post its so-called “Rec Room Studio” integration is designed to “complement existing in-game tools, allowing you to seamlessly edit Studio content with the Maker Pen, and vice versa.”

Here’s a quick explainer from Rec Room showing Studio in action on their latest proprietary mini-game Strong test, which was released in mid-August.

Before the Studio update, Check-in room creators would build rooms and objects using an in-game tool called Maker Pen, which allows you to create basic shapes, specific creation tools, props, and community-created resources. The Maker Pen is surprisingly flexible and provides a good launch pad for creating content, although it’s decidedly limiting for would-be developers who are already familiar with standard game development tools.

To boot, Rec Room Studio now not only allows content creators to create directly in Unity, but also to import 3D assets from software such as Blender, Photoshop and Maya, opening up the platform to a multitude of industry standard tools.

Now in beta, Rec Room Studio is supposed to support:

  • Importing resources and textures
  • Collaborative creation with the Maker Pen
  • Unity Terrain Editor
  • Unity ProBuilder
  • Complex animations
  • Custom sound
  • Programmable events with circuits

As its userbase crosses paths with Unity, we’re bound to see more creator resources through Rec Room Creative Community Program, which guides users on how to create for the social virtual reality platform. This focus on user-generated content is part of the platform’s burgeoning digital economy, which allows creators to get paid real money. In the first quarter of 2022 alone, the company paid out over $1 million to creators.

Check-in room is available on Meta Quest, PC VR headsets, PSVR and mainstream gaming platforms such as iOS, Android, PlayStation and Xbox. To find how to download Check-in room here.