This was an exciting year for Godot! Our contributors managed to deliver massive, feature-packed releases 3 times over our previous norm. We can’t wait to see and share what the international community of passionate game and game engine developers can create for you in the year 2024. Actually, they have already started their work on the upcoming Godot 4.3 release.

And it’s holiday season, so we cannot leave you without a small gift as we wrap up the production and plan our leisure time. Please, enjoy the first dev snapshot of Godot 4.3, which includes quite a few noteworthy improvements for you to play with. It also contains a handful of fixes, including pretty much everything published last week in Godot 4.2.1.

Here are the highlights of this build, and you can also go ahead and read a more complete list of changes below:

  • Major refactoring of the rendering system (GH-83452), which paves the way to several big improvements coming soon (here’s one of them). In the meantime, please test anything and everything related to rendering. Even though this change has been rigorously evaluated by a multitude of experienced contributors, we, as always, rely on our community to make absolutely sure things are as smooth and stable as they seem.

  • The new Direct3D 12 rendering driver is here for all your Microsoft-adjacent cross-platform needs (GH-70315). Being based on proprietary technology, D3D12 support comes as an optional feature keeping the open source spirit of the engine intact. Make sure to check the updated documentation for compiling Godot with D3D12 enabled (there is also an update regarding cross-compilation getting ready to be merged).

  • Multiple controllers can now contribute to input actions (GH-84943), which expands upon previous fixes to multiple devices triggering input at the same time.

  • Profiler improvements for scripting (GH-75623) and rendering (GH-85811).

  • Node groups can now be configured project-wide (GH-60965), with scenes correctly updating when you make the changes.

  • Freed objects are now treated differently from null in comparison operators (GH-73896), which ensures consistency for programmers when managing instances and memory.

  • Loading of scenes with corrupted or missing dependencies will no longer be aborted (GH-85159), allowing you to use and fix such scenes without external tools.

  • And finally, an infamous bug causing areas to lose signal connections when pausing/unpausing the game has been fixed (GH-81809).

Keep in mind that while we try to make sure each dev snapshot is stable enough for general testing, this is by definition a pre-release piece of software. Be sure to make frequent backups, or use a version control system such as Git, to preserve your projects in a case of corruption or data loss.

Jump to the Downloads section, and give it a spin right now, or continue reading to learn more about improvements in this release. You can also try the Web editor or the Android editor for this release. If you are interested in the latter, please request to join our testing group to get access to pre-release builds.


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What’s new

101 contributors submitted 252 improvements for this release. You can review the complete list of changes with our interactive changelog, which contains links to relevant commits and PRs for this and every previous release. Below are the most notable changes compared to 4.2.1-stable:

  • 2D: Move tile transforms handling cache to TileData (GH-84660).
  • 2D: Add region rect and frames support to Sprite2DPlugin converter (GH-84754).
  • 2D: Fix invalid frame index when Sprite2D’s hframes or vframes change (GH-85317).
  • 3D: Improve Curve3D debug drawing (GH-83698).
  • 3D: Optimize Path3DGizmo mesh generation (GH-83741).
  • 3D: Prevent Camera3D.current from being set to true automatically in the editor (GH-85594).
  • Animation: Autocomplete properties in tween_property (GH-76591).
  • Animation: Fix setting Bezier track handle mode from inspector (GH-83533).
  • Animation: Fix linear interpolation not working with mixed (int/float) keyframes (GH-86046).
  • Audio: Fix permanently selected audio bus effects (GH-85879).
  • Audio: Fix OggPacketSequencePlayback::next_ogg_packet() never returning false (GH-85996).
  • Buildsystem: Add option in SCons to clone environment variables (GH-70770).
  • Buildsystem: Add generate_apk=yes to generate an APK after building (GH-84440).
  • Buildsystem: Alias platform=javascript SCons option to platform=web (GH-84979).
  • C#: Enable nullability for variant classes and structs (GH-82980, GH-82983).
  • C#: Implement function to throw on null pointers (GH-85975).
  • C#: Correctly free relevant scripts when closing scene tabs (GH-86008).
  • Core: Make freed object different than null in comparison operators (GH-73896).
  • Core: Add a get_or_add method to Dictionary (GH-78095).
  • Core: Fix Basis is_orthogonal and is_rotation methods, add is_orthonormal (GH-83229).
  • Core: Fix behavior of ResourceFormatLoader CACHE_MODE_REPLACE (GH-84167).
  • Core: Prevent encoding/decoding objects that cannot be instantiated (GH-84611).
  • Core: Fix FileAccessPack::get_buffer updating position past the length of file (GH-85991).
  • Editor: Implement project-wide node groups (GH-60965).
  • Editor: Fix missing script time for some functions in profiler (GH-75623).
  • Editor: Add support for exporting script classes without a name (GH-82528).
  • Editor: Add option to override editor UI layout direction (GH-85000).
  • Editor: Don’t abort loading when ext_resource is missing (GH-85159).
  • Editor: Make it possible to show code hint and code completion at the same time (GH-85436).
  • Editor: Fix file disappearing when renaming dependencies (GH-86177).
  • Editor: Optimize scanning routines in the project manager (GH-86271).
  • Export: Android: Update the validation logic for the package name (GH-84676).
  • GDExtension: Replace GDVIRTUAL_CALL with GDVIRTUAL_REQUIRED_CALL where applicable (GH-86169).
  • GDExtension: Correctly register editor-only module classes with the API (GH-86209).
  • GDExtension: Add PackedRealArray as an alias for Vector<real_t> (GH-86324).
  • GDScript: Fix DAP breakpoints being cleared on closed scripts (GH-84898).
  • GDScript: Speed up GDScript::get_must_clear_dependencies() (GH-85603).
  • GDScript: Make GDScriptAnalyzer aware of properties from other languages (GH-85703).
  • GDScript: Fix POT generator skips some nodes (GH-86091).
  • GUI: Use screen’s “usable rect” instead of full rect for initial window rect (GH-75489).
  • GUI: Add dotted grid to GraphEdit (GH-83785).
  • GUI: Expose a method to get hovered Control in Viewport (GH-85966).
  • GUI: Fix undoing complex operations in TextEdit to restore selections (GH-86118).
  • GUI: Text: Add option to set custom ellipsis character, add support for system font fallback (GH-82661).
  • GUI: Text: Add Label.get_character_bounds method to get bounding rectangles of the characters (GH-84185).
  • GUI: Text: Do not draw non-visual characters (GH-86065).
  • Import: Support loading more DDS formats (GH-81220).
  • Import: Improve normal map VRAM Compression with RGTC (GH-85842).
  • Import: Fix multiple issues with squish (GH-85863, GH-85967).
  • Import: Prevent overriding file info of another file when reimport creates extra files (GH-85922).
  • Import: Support unspecified linear size in DDS files (GH-86336).
  • Input: Rework Input action pressed state to support multiple controllers (GH-84943).
  • Input: Expose methods for emulating mouse from touch and touch from mouse (GH-86081).
  • Input: Windows: Make Windows Ink tablet API default, add dummy driver to disable tablet input (GH-84708).
  • Multiplayer: Fix complete_auth notifying the wrong peer (GH-86257).
  • Navigation: Add NavigationServer random point queries (GH-75098).
  • Navigation: Make target_desired_distance affect the navigation of NavigationAgent2D/3D (GH-82561).
  • Navigation: Do not use travel cost for minimum when re-selecting end point (GH-85253).
  • Particles: Improve editing of min/max particle properties (GH-81260).
  • Particles: Fix CPUParticles2D tangential force does not match GPUParticles2D (GH-84575).
  • Physics: Prevent mapping areas with invalid IDs for Area2D/3D (GH-79460).
  • Physics: Clear monitoring in Area* when its space changes to invalid (GH-81809).
  • Plugin: Fix creating and updating plugin with dot in folder name (GH-83329).
  • Porting: Force ANGLE on all pre GCN 4th gen. AMD/ATI GPUs (GH-85273).
  • Porting: iOS: Make screen_get_refresh_rate() respect iOS Low Power Mode (GH-85026).
  • Porting: iOS: Add support for Xcode 15 devicectl (GH-85546).
  • Porting: macOS: Add default “Window” and “Help” menus, allow special menu customization (GH-83987).
  • Porting: Web: Add IME input support (GH-79362).
  • Porting: Windows: Always use ANGLE in ARM builds (GH-86001).
  • Rendering: Add Direct3D 12 rendering driver (GH-70315).
  • Rendering: Split RenderingDevice into API-agnostic and RenderingDeviceDriver parts (GH-83452).
  • Rendering: Use render pass uniform set to store viewport samplers (GH-84637).
  • Rendering: Expose copy_effects compute shader in Mobile backend (GH-85793).
  • Rendering: Implement render info counters for the 2D renderer (GH-85811).
  • Rendering: Vulkan: Improve split blending logic (GH-82668).
  • Rendering: Vulkan: Merge passes in the mobile renderer (GH-84169).
  • Rendering: GLES3: Add 3D MSAA and scaling support (GH-83976).
  • Rendering: GLES3: Implement rendering of lightmaps (GH-85120).
  • Rendering: GLES3: Add debug draw wireframe mode (GH-85621).
  • XR: OpenXR: Add support for retrieving play area (GH-85163).
  • XR: WebXR: Add MSAA support (GH-84686).

  • Thirdparty: meshoptimizer 0.20.

This release is built from commit 9d1cbab1c.

Downloads

Standard build includes support for GDScript and GDExtension.

.NET build (marked as mono) includes support for C#, as well as GDScript and GDExtension.

  • .NET build requires .NET SDK 6.0, 7.0, or 8.0 installed in a standard location.
  • To export to Android, .NET 7.0 or later is required. To export to iOS, .NET 8.0 is required. Make sure to set the target framework in the .csproj file.

While engine maintainers try their best to ensure that each preview snapshot and release candidate is stable, this is by definition a pre-release piece of software. Be sure to make frequent backups, or use a version control system such as Git, to preserve your projects in a case of corruption or data loss.

Known issues

There are currently no known issues introduced by this release.

With every release we accept that there are going to be various issues, which have already been reported but haven’t been fixed yet. See the GitHub issue tracker for a complete list of known bugs.

Bug reports

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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 previous 4.x releases, but no longer works in this snapshot).

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