Make a Unity game with 3D avatars using the free Ready Player Me character creator
Ready Player Me is more than a 3D character creator – it's a cross-game avatar platform that lets you add personal avatars to any app and game. All it takes for the user to create their avatar is to take a selfie and customize it to their liking. Ready Player Me is already compatible with VRChat, LIV, Mozilla Hubs, 700 more official partners, and many smaller developers using our Unity Avatar SDK.
Implementing Ready Player Me 3D avatars is simple. Usually, it takes just one to two days for most of our partners to integrate our avatar creator into their products.
In this guide, we are going to focus on our Unity Avatar SDK. We will guide you through our avatars' import process, both inside the editor and at runtime.
Using Ready Player Me avatars for commercial projects
Ready Player Me avatars are free to use. All avatars created directly on our website are under the Creative Commons 4.0 license, which means that they can be used for non-commercial projects as long as Ready Player Me is credited.
If you’re looking to integrate Ready Player Me avatars into your commercial app or game, you can continue using our avatars for your project for free as a registered Partner. To become a Ready Player Me Partner, follow the steps here.
Unity Avatar SDK Requirements
For the Ready Player Me Unity package to work properly, you'll need:
- Unity 2018LTS and newer versions of the Unity3D game engine
- A valid avatar URL created from Ready Player Me to import an avatar into a Unity scene
For iOS builds, the Microphone Usage Description field in Player Settings must be filled with an appropriate message. VoiceHandler component requires microphone permission. If this area is not filled, the build will fail. To build without microphone permission, remove this script.
Dependencies are already included in the Ready Player Me .unitypackage file. If you are using an older or a newer version of these dependencies, please backup your project before making changes.
- GLTFUtility - 0.6
- Newtonsoft JSON - 22.214.171.12427
Getting started with the Ready Player Me Unity Avatar SDK
If you worked with Unity before, then the Unity package's import process should be easy for you. Here's how it goes:
- Download the latest version of the Ready Player Me Unity package from our releases page
- Open the Unity project you want to use
- Import the package from the top Unity Editor toolbar via Assets > Import Package > Custom Package
- Select the Ready Player Me Unity package from file explorer and import it. A window will pop up, hit "OK" to start importing the package into your project.
You can also import a Unity package by dragging and dropping it into the Project tab in the Unity window.
How to use the Ready Player Me Unity Avatar SDK
To launch the Ready Player Me Unity Avatar SDK editor window within Unity, select ReadyPlayerMe in the Avatar Loader menu.
To create and save your avatar in editor time, paste your avatar URL from the Ready Player Me website and click on the "Load Avatar" button.
To load an avatar during playtime, create an instance of AvatarLoader and call LoadAvatar the method from the instance with the URL of the avatar to load.
This operation will download and load the avatar model to the scene. You can get access to the avatar game object in the scene via a callback method.
API documentation for Ready Player Me Unity Avatars
Here are classes that you can call within Ready Player Me Avatar SDK. As we said before, it's fairly simple!
- AvatarLoader – the main class used for loading and downloading avatar models and configures the output
- public void LoadAvatar(string url, Action<GameObject> callback = null) – initiates avatar download and import operations
- public int Timeout – the timeout value for avatar download request
- public bool UseModelCaching – used for caching downloaded models by their GUID. If enabled, models will be loaded from users local instead of being downloaded again
Important – making a new avatar will not give you a new GUID. It will update your avatar on the same URL instead. Use caching if you are sure that you will not update your avatar. Otherwise, the old avatar will be loaded.
Loading Mixamo Animations for the Ready Player Me Unity avatars
Full-body Ready Player Me avatars are compatible with Adobe's Mixamo animations. Here's what you have to do to use the animations with our avatars:
- Go to Mixamo's website and sign up or log in
- Upload either FemaleAnimationTarget or MaleAnimationTarget from Assets/Plugins/Wolf3D ReadyPlayerMe SDK/Resources/AnimationTargets to Mixamo.
You can find this folder by clicking on the Reveal Animation Targets Folder button on the editor window.
3. After Mixamo completes processing the animation target, pick an animation that you want to use. Then click "Download."
4. When the download settings dialogue shows up, select FBX for Unity format and skin as Without Skin. Finally, click "Download."
5. Move the downloaded animation into your Unity project by drag it into a female or male Animator Controller.
That's all you have to know to get started with Ready Player Me Unity Avatar SDK. For more, including our Unreal SDK, check our developer documentation. Feel free to join our Discord server and chat with our team on the #dev-general channel.
Become a Ready Player Me Partner
Do you want to join us in the mission of building the metaverse? Become a Ready Player Me partner to integrate our avatars with your app or game.