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Dev snapshot: Godot 3.2.4 beta 4

By: Rémi Verschelde 11 December 2020

While development keeps going at full speed towards Godot 4.0 (see recent devblogs on GDScript typed instructions, Complex Text Layout, Tiles editor, documentation, and 2D rendering improvements!), a lot of work is also being done on the 3.2 branch for the upcoming Godot 3.2.4.

This new beta 4 adds a new round of bugfixes and enhancements over the previous dev snapshots, as well as some nice new features.

In particular, this build adds optional GDNative support to the HTML5 target, on top of the pre-existing optional multithreading support. The HTML5 export templates now come in three flavors which you can select in the export preset: normal, threads enabled and GDNative enabled. Multithreading and dynamic linking (GDNative) can't be used at the same time due to current WebAssembly limitations.
Note: Threads enabled and GDNative enabled templates are only available for standard builds for now, as there are other issues to solve to make them work with Mono.

Additionally, beta 4 adds support for MP3 loading and playback! Until recently, the MP3 audio format was patent-encumbered and could therefore not be included in Godot, but the last patent expired in 2017, so a MP3 loader and decoded could finally be implemented.

There are also a number of fixes to the rewritten FBX importer which should improve compatibility, so if you ran into issues with it in previous builds, make sure to retry your models!

Highlights

The main changes coming in Godot 3.2.4 and included in this beta are:

And there's even more in the works that will be included in future beta builds.

Changes

The main new features in need of testing are highlighted in bold. Refer to the linked pull requests for details.

  • Android: Add support for the Android App Bundle format (GH-42185).
  • Android: Add support for emedded Godot as a subview in Android applications (GH-42186).
  • Android: Fix splash screen loading (GH-42389).
  • Android: Add notch cutout support for Android P and later (GH-43104).
  • Android: Add support for mouse events (GH-42360).
  • Android: Add support for keyboard modifiers and arrow keys (GH-40398).
  • Android: Fix screen orientation settings and API (GH-43022, GH-43248), GH-43511).
  • Audio: Add MP3 loading and playback support (GH-43007).
  • C#: Official builds now use Mono 6.12.0.111.
  • C#: Re-work solution build output panel (GH-42547).
  • C#: Godot.NET.Sdk/3.2.4 - Fix targeting .NETFramework with .NET 5 (GH-44135).
  • Core: Optimize octree and fix leak (GH-41123).
  • Core: Disable decayment of freed Objects to null in debug builds (GH-41866).
  • Core: More fixes to Variant and Reference pointers (GH-43049).
  • Core: Add append_array method to Array class (GH-43398).
  • CSG: Various bug fixes.
  • Editor: Fixed renaming/moving of nodes with exported NodePaths in the editor (GH-42314).
  • Editor: Improve 3D rotation gizmo (GH-43016).
  • Editor: Add a dynamic infinite grid to the 3D editor (GH-43206).
  • Editor: Use 75% editor scale on small displays automatically (GH-43611).
  • Editor: Require Ctrl for switching between editors, bind F2 to Rename Node (GH-38201).
  • FBX: Rewritten and improved importer (GH-42941).
  • Font: Load dynamic fonts to memory on all platforms to avoid locked files (GH-44117).
  • Font: Fix fallback emoji font color (GH-44212).
  • GDScript: Fix leaks due to cyclic references (GH-41931).
  • GLES2/GLES3: Fix buffer orphaning on desktop (GH-42734).
  • GLES2/GLES3: Fix flipped normal mapping in 2D with batching and nvidia workaround (GH-41323, GH-41254).
  • GLES2: Various improvements to 2D batching (GH-42119).
    • See GH-42899 for instructions on how to test the improved 2D batching and report your results.
  • GLES2: Fix glow on devices with only 8 texture slots (GH-42446).
  • GLES2: Use separate texture unit for light_texture (GH-42538).
  • GLES3: Add 2D batching support, unified architecture with GLES2 (GH-42119).
    • See GH-42899 for instructions on how to test the new GLES3 2D batching and report your results.
  • GLES3: Fixes to Screen Space Reflections (GH-38954, GH-41892).
  • GLES3: Ensure that color values in Reinhard tonemapping are positive (GH-42056).
  • glTF: Use vertex colors by default (GH-41007).
  • glTF: Fix parsing base64-encoded buffer and image data (GH-42501, GH-42504).
  • HTML5: Synchronous main, better persistence, handlers fixes, optional full screen (GH-42266).
  • HTML5: Move audio processing to thread when threads are enabled (GH-42510).
  • HTML5: Merged code for web editor prototype (GH-42790).
  • HTML5: Add AudioWorklet support in multithreaded builds (GH-43454).
  • HTML5: Add optional GDNative support (GH-44076).
  • Input: Add mouse event pass-through support for the game window (GH-40205).
  • Input: Add support for buttons and D-pads mapped to half axes (GH-42800).
  • Input: Add driving joystick type to windows joystick handling (GH-44082).
  • iOS: Fix multiple issues with PVRTC import, disable ETC1 (GH-38076).
  • iOS: Add touch delay value to project settings (GH-42457).
  • Linux: Fix issues related to delay when processing events (GH-42341).
  • Linux: Implement --no-window mode (GH-42276).
  • Linux: Prevent audio corruption in the ALSA driver (GH-43928).
  • macOS: ARM64 support in official binaries.
    • Currently only for standard builds, Mono ARM64 builds are still a work in progress.
  • macOS: Fix mouse position in captured mode (GH-42328).
  • macOS: Fix get_screen_dpi for non-fractional display scales (GH-42478).
  • macOS: Implement --no-window mode (GH-42276).
  • MeshInstance: Add option for software skinning (GH-40313).
  • Physics: Various bug fixes for 2D and 3D.
  • Rendering: Add fast approximate antialiasing (FXAA) to Viewport (GH-42006).
  • Rendering: Disable lights for objects with baked lighting (GH-41629).
  • Rendering: Add option for snapping 2D transforms to whole coordinates, for pixel art motion (GH-43554).
  • Sprite3D: Use full float UV for better precision (GH-42537) [regression fix].
  • TextEdit/LineEdit: Support Ctrl+Alt as alias for Alt Gr on Windows (GH-37769).
  • Windows: Fix debugger not getting focused on break on Windows (GH-40555).
  • YSort: Make rendering order more deterministic (GH-42375).
  • Thirdparty library updates (freetype 2.10.4, tinyexr 1.0.0, zstd 1.4.5).
  • API documentation updates.
  • Editor translation updates.
  • And many more bug fixes and usability enhancements all around the engine!

See the full changelog on GitHub (beta 1 part 1, beta 1 part 2, beta 2, beta 3, beta 4), or the changes since the previous beta 3 build.

This release is built from commit b5e8b48bb7de2e3cfe8205af9d375eae050c60e6.

Downloads

The download links for dev snapshots are not featured on the Download page to avoid confusion for new users. Instead, browse our download repository and fetch the editor binary that matches your platform:

  • Standard build (GDScript, GDNative, VisualScript).
  • Mono build (C# support + all the above). You need to have MSBuild installed to use the Mono build. Relevant parts of Mono 6.12.0.111 are included in this build.

Bug reports

As a tester, you are encouraged to open bug reports if you experience issues with 3.2.4 beta 4. Please check first the existing issues on GitHub, using the search function with relevant keywords, to ensure that the bug you experience is not known already.

In particular, any change that would cause a regression in your projects is very important to report (e.g. if something that worked fine in 3.2.3 or earlier no longer works in 3.2.4 beta 4).

Support

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