My first asset I’ve ever created for the Unity Asset Store. It took a full 2 months to develop and contains everything you need for block-based lighting effects in a full 2D environment. Although the underlying Tilemap structure makes it 2D, it is still a plane and can of course be used for 3D games as well. I’m developing my own 2D survival game Evergreen and along the way I decided to grab my modular lighting system and turn it into an asset. This is the result.
UPDATE: Version 1.1, updated details down below.
What is it?
Block Lighting Engine 2D provides everything you need for a propagating light framework that penetrates the ground. This engine includes a two-layer system to also simulate a lesser back-layer falloff, as you would expect in cave environments. It is fully 2D and works with Unity’s Tilemap system.
– Ambient lighting and colored lights, all customizable in color and strength;
– A highly optimized algorithm ensuring incredibly fast light updates that aren’t bound to the number of active lights directly for every action. You can have hundreds of lights in view with only a fraction of the performance loss;
– A complete lighting user interface with settings like:
– – – – Core performance control, guaranteed high performance without frame drops on any system with the right setting;
– – – – Light penetration adjustment for the front and back layer;
– – – – Toggling all lighting effects on or off with the press of a button;
– – – – Back layer shading for finetuning visuals.
The user interface also provides tools right out of the box like:
– – – – Placing blocks on any layer;
– – – – Removing blocks on any layer;
– – – – Placing lights throughout the world;
– – – – Removing lights;
– A terrain generator combined with a robust chunk loading system with a matching terrain user interface and basic tools to experiment with lighting on any world type;
– A guide explaining the asset in its entirety, including how to set it up in your game, F.A.Q. and more as well as fully documented code for each script.
– Unity 2017.2 or later for direct download and play functionality with Unity’s Tilemap system is highly recommended. Earlier versions of Unity should work if hooked up to your own block data structures with reference tweaking.
– A day/night cycle system;
– [Finished] A thorough expansion of engine functions to make it easier to manipulate the engine;