Godot 3.0 is here

Vladimir and Es­tragon can fi­nally get their 3D ren­der­ing done.

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Anew ma­jor re­lease of Godot, a 2D and 3D cross-plat­form open source game en­gine that en­ables de­vel­op­ers to cre­ate games for PC, con­soles, mo­bile and web plat­forms, is near­ing re­lease.

A YouTube video, which can be viewed at www.youtube.com/watch?v=XptlVErsL-o, shows off some of the new fea­tures that will be in­cluded in this re­lease, such as a brand new 3D ren­derer that fea­tures physics-based ren­der­ing, real-time global il­lu­mi­na­tion and im­proved post­pro­cess­ing ef­fects. Even with YouTube com­pres­sion, the video does a great job of show­ing off how good these new fea­tures can make games cre­ated with Godot 3.0 look.

A new high-level net­work mul­ti­player API has been in­cluded to make cre­at­ing on­line mul­ti­player games eas­ier, plus a new au­dio en­gine built from the ground up should make games even more im­mer­sive. Sup­port for C++ (GDNa­tive), C# (Mono) and Vis­ual Script­ing means that Godot is an even more flex­i­ble al­ter­na­tive to Unity and Un­real En­gine. It’s also been an­nounced ( http://bit.ly/2eNC6tg) that Godot now sup­ports glTF 2.0, a JSON-based and roy­alty-free for­mat for trans­mit­ting and load­ing 3D scenes and mod­els, cre­ated by the Khronos group, which is also be­hind the pop­u­lar Vulkan API.

If you’re in­ter­ested in check­ing out the ben­e­fits of Godot over other game en­gines, there’s a fan­tas­tic blog post ( http://bit.ly/2wKGTjj) by a game de­vel­oper that out­lines the ben­e­fits of Godot. If you fancy giv­ing it a try, then the al­pha build of Godot 3.0 can be down­loaded from https://godotengine.org/down­load. And if you’d like to help the team fi­nan­cially, there is a Pa­treon cam­paign ( www.pa­treon.com/ godotengine) fund-rais­ing page that en­ables you to help Juan Lini­et­sky, who wrote most of the code him­self, to work on the project full time.

Godot, the open source game en­gine, is get­ting a new ver­sion with plenty of ex­cit­ing fea­tures.

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