Dev snapshot: Godot 3.2.4 beta 5

By: Rémi Verschelde 7 January 2021

While development keeps going at full speed towards Godot 4.0 (see recent devblogs on glTF 2.0 scene exporter, Complex Text Layout, Web export improvements, and a physics work package), a lot of work is also being done on the 3.2 branch for the upcoming Godot 3.2.4.

This new beta 5 comes with 4 weeks' worth of bugfixes and enhancements over the previous dev snapshots, as well as some nice new features.

In particular, this build adds WebXR support for VR games! It also adds a much-requested minimap to GraphEdit, and thus to the VisualScript and Visual Shader editors. Moreover, there have been many fixes to features introduced in previous betas, so make sure to test this build and ensure that everything works as you'd want it.

You can try it live with the online version of the Godot editor updated for this beta.

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).
  • Android: Update logic to sign prebuilt APKs with apksigner instead of jarsigner, as required for Android API 30 (GH-44645).
  • Audio: Add MP3 loading and playback support (GH-43007).
  • C#: Official builds now use Mono 6.12.0.114.
  • C#: Re-work solution build output panel (GH-42547).
  • C#: Godot.NET.Sdk/3.2.4 - Fix targeting .NETFramework with .NET 5 (GH-44135).
  • C#: Fixes to WebAssembly support (GH-44105, GH-44374).
  • 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).
  • GLES2: Fix PanoramaSky artifacts on Android (GH-44489).
  • 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).
  • glTF: Fix handling of normalized accessor property (GH-44746).
  • GraphEdit: Add minimap support, enabled by default (GH-43416).
  • 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).
  • iOS: Fixes to keyboard input, including better IME support (GH-43560).
  • 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).
  • VR: Add WebXR support for VR games (GH-42397).
  • 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, mbedtls 2.16.9, 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, beta 5), or the changes since the previous beta 4 build.

This release is built from commit a18df71789a36b318c40d691efdb4da1e574bbfd.

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 6.12.0.114 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 5. 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 5).

Support

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