As we just reached our third goal on Patreon, we are now able to hire Rémi Verschelde (Akien) as full-time project manager and representative! In this article, he gives some insights on what brought him to Godot, how he helped organize the teamwork and became the de facto project manager, as well as plans for the future.
I went to GDC yet again (this time GDC 2018) trying to see how Godot is doing at the game industry. To my surprise this time, it was quite different..
Another month, another progress report! This time with the early beginnings of 3D rendering in GLES2 and some GDNative ecosystem updates.
Will you be attending GDC? If so, please come visit us at our 2018 meetup that we organize together with GitHub.
The rationale for the OpenGL ES 3 renderer was having a single codebase for targeting all platforms. This sounds really good in theory and we could say it *almost* works, but...
Godot VR support is slowly improving. The OpenVR drivers are now supplied through the asset library and we have the first version of our Oculus drivers available!
Me and other Godot devs will be present at GDC 2018. The plan is to push Godot more into the corporate world.
Because of the big release there have been many GDNative related tasks that needed to be addressed. Apart from that, the month was mostly spent on implementing more 2D items in the renderer as well as working on getting custom shaders running.
Thanks to our very supporting patrons I have the opportunity to work part-time on Godot! My work will be mostly about implementing an OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible rendering backend for Godot 3.1, as well as maintaining the GDNative system and bindings. The first month I spent on getting started and familiar with the rendering in Godot.
So far we have been a few months on Patreon and the net result has been overwhelmingly positive, as we get enough funds each month to hire our lead developer and an intern! Still, it's time to start thinking about our next hire to continue speeding up Godot's development as well as its visibility and relevance in the gamedev industry.
GDNative changed a lot since it was first introduced. From being a scripting-centered module it quickly became a more general purpose tool than we initially assumed. Here we present the way GDNative and related technologies work together.
A considerable number of users requested a more efficient way to have GI (Global Illumination) in their projects. Godot 3.0 currenty offers the GIProbe node, which provides a real-time approximation to GI. This generally works and looks pretty, but it's quite shader intensive, which makes it not work on mobile or low end GPUs. The newly added VR support also suffers with GIProbe, as it has to render in very high resolutions.
Maybe you have already seen an AdPod around. They are three-sided giant multitouch capable screens. The company behind them customizes them for very important customers for promotion campaings for things like movies (Disney, Universal). They "skin" the device cosmetically for the targeted product and develop interactive apps that run on them. People walking by can interact with them, something which creates great product awareness and also entertains. Now they have decided to use Godot for such development work! The switch from the well-known non-free engine they were using formerly has been a wise decision.
Both testers and developers are doing a great job, but we need to go ever faster to get Godot 3.0 out as soon as possible - especially now that the master branch is in feature freeze, meaning that new features will have to wait for Godot 3.1 to be merged. We propose to have a special bug hunting day on Saturday, 9 December, to focus on fixing the bugs reported for the 3.0 milestone. Testers are also encouraged to use this opportunity to file new bug reports, after checking existing issues for potential duplicates.
We are all working hard on fixing the remaining issues for delivering a stable Godot 3.0 as soon as possible, but we definitely need a hand to speed up the work!