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VT MAK Announces Launch of HLA and DIS Interoperability Module for Unity Game Engine

VR-Link for Unity connects game engine technology with traditional M&S assets

Cambridge, Mass., April 1, 2013 VT MAK (MAK), a company of VT Systems, Inc. (VT Systems), today announced the launch of VR-Link for Unity, an HLA/DIS module for the Unity Game Engine. This new product allows users to bring Unity-based games into existing distribution simulation environments using standard Modeling & Simulation protocols.

Through VR-Link for Unity, a role player or trainee can interact and engage with entities modeled by external simulations, including computer-generated forces. VR-Link for Unity handles dead-reckoning and smoothing of entity positions, conversion from Unity’s local coordinate system to geocentric world coordinates, movement of articulated parts, and embarkation of Unity entities on remotely simulated vehicles.

The Unity game engine is used to develop video games for desktop platforms, mobile devices, web applications, and consoles. Its run-time engine is integrated with a complete set of intuitive tools providing rapid workflows and enabling interactive 3D content. Unity is known for its easy multiplatform publishing, asset store, and knowledge-sharing community.

MAK has been a leader in simulation interoperability for over two decades. VR-Link for Unity is based on the company’s flagship simulation networking toolkit, VR-Link, which allows applications to natively support all versions of the HLA and DIS standards through a single, protocol-independent interface. The release of VR-Link for Unity follows a period of open beta testing with a group of early adopters. Their feedback has helped shape the product for this release.

“The VR-Link for Unity software simplifies the tasks of sending and receiving DIS entities in Unity; it was easy to setup and run out of the box. We were able to build a new project with our terrain and models and implement the software from MAK with little effort.”

~ Michael HAMILL
Simulation Programmer, Peopletec

“Unity is an amazing platform—its ability to rapidly create rich, immersive applications is unparalleled. Now with VR-Link for Unity, we’re able to easily bring that capability to the Modeling and Simulation domain.”

~ Bob HOLCOMB
Principal Engineer, VT MAK


Pricing and Availability

VR-Link for Unity is available now. For product pricing or additional information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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VT MAK develops software for distributed simulation. Leveraging a strong foundation of COTS software products, MAK works with customers to build and populate compelling 3D simulated environments. Our primary users are in the aerospace, defense, and transportation industries, yet our products and services can help customers anywhere modeling and simulation is needed to train, plan, analyze, experiment, prototype, and demonstrate. MAK is dedicated to serving our customers by building flexible products, offering superior technical support, and innovating new ways to build, populate and view interoperable 3D simulated worlds. MAK continues to take advantage of new technologies that further the state of simulation. Our products help users link, simulate and visualize their world. VT MAK is a company of VT Systems. Please visit www.mak.com for more information.

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

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