Sci-Fi Ship Controller

Kick-start your game development


From the makers of Landscape Builder, and LB Enviro Pack 1, comes a brand new asset full of technical know-how and goodness.

You know what the next great game will look like. We are passionate about helping you get there. You want to tweak flight behaviour without weeks of coding. Sci-Fi Ship Controller is your shortcut; your hyperlink to complex maths at low cost and minimal effort.

Popularized by the Star Wars saga, complex space planes which can move between planet surfaces and space with ease, are now the staple diet of gamers worldwide. The maths is extreme, which is why we take care of this for you.

NASA would call this a Space Plane controller. It can control a "craft" like an airplane while inside a planet's atmosphere, but can also act like a spaceship while in space.

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What is Sci-Fi Ship Controller?

Sci-Fi Ship Controller is an asset that allows you to quickly and easily turn your ship models into fully-functioning, flying spacecraft.

How do I use it in Unity?

Currently, it consists of two main modules: The Ship Control Module and the Player Input Module. The Ship Control Module is a script that can be added to ship models to turn them into flyable ships, complete with all the parameters needed to tweak their behaviour to your liking. The Player Input Module is a script that can be added to any ship with the Ship Control Module already attached to map inputs from the Unity input manager and other input sources to the Ship Control Module in order to let a player control the ship.

Why should I use Sci-Fi Ship Controller instead of another asset?

One of the main things we've worked really hard on with Sci-Fi Ship Controller is its ease of use. All the parameters in the modules are arranged logically and have headers describing their functionality. In addition to this, every editable parameter has an associated tooltip, so if you're unsure about what something does you can simply hover your mouse over it and get a brief description. We've also tried to write Sci-Fi Ship Controller in a way that makes sense to all game developers, not just ones that have a degree in aerodynamic engineering or physics.

One of the other strengths of Sci-Fi Ship Controller is its versatility. It isn't an asset JUST for arcade spaceships, JUST for aircraft or JUST for hover-ships: If it flies, then there's a good chance you can make it with our asset (and if you can't, feel free to let us know so that we have to opportunity to improve Sci-Fi Ship Controller in that regard).

As well as this, Sci-Fi Ship Controller is completely physics-based. All movements are driven by Unity's built-in physics, which provides a great feel for players and ensures you won't encounter any strange behaviour caused by our asset fighting with the physics engine.

Finally, Sci-Fi Ship Controller is designed from the ground up for performance. We've tried as much as possible to follow best practice and avoid expensive allocations and function calls, so Sci-Fi Ship Controller should only comprise a minimal part of your performance budget. The Combat system supports DOTS (Entities, Jobs, Burst Compiler in Unity 2019.1).

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A few feature highlights

Damage System

Whether you use simple, progressive or localised damage is up to you. Shields can be implemented with a few clicks.

Weapon System

Projectiles can be fired from multiple locations. Add as few or as many weapons as you like. Turrets are supported too.

Gravity and Drag

Set the amount of gravity and also it's direction. Atmospheric drag can be tuned to suit your scenario via the Medium Density value. This can be set per spacecraft based on whether it is within a planet's atmosphere or in space.

Customised Ship Control

Give different Sci-Fi craft a unique feel. Create immersive tactile sensations that set your game apart from the crowd... without writing 1000s of lines of code.

Developer-friendly API

Along with Unity Editor support, the system has been developed from the ground up to be called and modified in C# code. All variables and API function calls are commented in the code for easy integration with your game. Sample code is included to help you get started quickly.

Includes support for Unity 2017.2+, 2018.x, 2019.1, and 2019.2