*** The information in this post is out of date as new announcements regarding the price of Bolt have been made: https://forum.unity.com/threads/bolt-price-change-announcement.931530/ *** Unity is excited to announce that we have acquired the Bolt visual scripting plugin from publisher Ludiq. Bolt provides a production-ready visual scripting solution for the current Unity architecture. Unity saw this as an opportunity to acquire the highly popular plugin to help artists and their teams improve workflows. Unity will work with Ludiq to transition development of Bolt and Bolt 2 to our internal development teams, and Unity will continue to build and maintain these technologies with no current plans to change availability, pricing or in-progress development. We will regularly share updates about Bolt and Bolt 2 development with the Bolt community. Unity will honor the commitment made by Ludiq to offer Bolt 2 at no additional cost to current Bolt users, as well as those who purchase Bolt on the Asset Store before 11:59:59 pm PST on May 31, 2020.. Unity will also continue to develop its own internal visual scripting solution, which is based on the new Data-Oriented Technology Stack (DOTS) architecture. This means that users can continue to have a visual scripting solution for current projects with Bolt, as well as a DOTS-based visual scripting solution when they are ready to migrate to a DOTS-based project. Our development teams are looking forward to supporting Bolt users, and we will provide updates once we have more to share. Bug tracking: From this point on, if you would like to report a bug please follow these steps. Bolt 2 Beta testing: Users interested in beta-testing Bolt 2 can get in touch with the development team on the beta forum. *** THIS FAQ IS OUT OF DATE *** Updated FAQ: https://forum.unity.com/threads/bolt-price-change-announcement.931530/ FAQ What is Bolt and how does it work? Bolt is a visual scripting plugin for Unity developed and sold by Ludiq on the Unity Asset Store. It enables Unity users to create logic for games or applications without writing code. While Bolt lets non-programmers create node-based graphs to define desired behaviors, programmers can interact with Bolt through its API to get and set variables, trigger custom events, and create nodes that can be used by other team members. Why did Unity acquire Bolt? Bolt provides a production-ready visual scripting solution for the current Unity architecture. Unity saw this as an opportunity to acquire the highly popular visual scripting plugin to help artists and their teams improve workflows. Bolt will continue to be available via the Asset Store. Will this acquisition change Unity’s own visual scripting tool development? Unity has been working on its own visual scripting solution for some time. Our solution is built on the new Data-Oriented Technology Stack (DOTS) architecture, while Bolt and Bolt 2 are both designed for the classic, non-DOTS versions of Unity. This helps ensure that there will be visual scripting solutions available for users with DOTS and non-DOTS projects. Did Unity acquire Bolt’s publisher, Ludiq? No, Unity has only acquired the Bolt plugin. What will happen to Bolt 2 now that Unity owns it? How will it compare to Bolt? Unity will be working closely with Ludiq to provide support for Bolt and to transition development of Bolt 2 (currently in Alpha) to Unity development teams. We will share more information about Bolt and Bolt 2 development plans and timelines in the coming months. Users interested in beta-testing Bolt 2 can get in touch with the development team on the beta forum. How will Unity support Bolt users? Ludiq will transition Bolt’s community support forum (support.ludiq.io) to Unity. This includes bug tracking, user questions, and feedback. Additionally, larger studios that have Integrated Success Services (ISS) support will now be able to get Bolt support via the Unity Technical Support portal, just like any other Unity feature. To report a Bolt issue, please follow these steps. How will Unity users get access to Bolt? New Bolt users can purchase Bolt on the Unity Asset Store. Users who previously acquired Bolt from the Asset Store will get access to Bolt under the Unity Technology Asset Store publisher for free. Users who previously acquired Bolt from Ludiq website will receive a coupon to redeem Bolt under the Unity Technology Asset Store publisher for free. We will provide Unity Student plan users with a coupon for complimentary access to Bolt. Will Bolt’s availability or pricing change? We have no plans at this time to change Bolt’s availability or pricing. Ludiq pledged to make Bolt 2 free for users of Bolt. Will Unity honor this pledge? Yes. Bolt 2 will be free for current Bolt users as well as those who purchase Bolt on the Asset Store before 11:59:59 pm PST on May 31, 2020. Bolt users will receive an individual license for Bolt 2 when it becomes available.