Many devs asked me to write about this for a long time, so sharing my experience for this process.
We are launching a Patreon site (https://www.patreon.com/godotengine) to help fund Godot development. Help us develop Godot better and faster by becoming our Patron!
Khronos, with glTF 2.0, has given us a fantastic open standard for asset exchange format between 3D modelling software and game engines. Here's why we must make it succeed...
There is still a long way to go to finalize Godot 3.0 and release it publicly, but we are now ready for some broader testing of the alpha version. The first alpha build comes with many known issues, but also a lot of interesting (and undocumented) features to experiment with and debug.
Emmanuel Leblond (touilleMan) just released the first beta of his Python for Godot interface, which will allow developers to use Python 3 and its complete ecosystem as a scripting language in Godot 3.0.
Today's beta build for the upcoming Godot 2.1.4 version brings two months worth of development, including both bug fixes and new features, some of which potentially bolder than usual - with the long wait for Godot 3.0, many 2.1.x users grow restless and push to get the latest and shiniest included in the stable branch ;) As such, testers needed to make sure everything works flawlessly!
There are but a few days left on the Kickstarter campaign. It's been an enormous success, with over 4 times the initial goal! The backers unlocked every stretch goal, including 4 contributions to the official documentation. Here's what will improve in the coming year.
The Godot Engine contributors were not idle during Juan's long holidays - lots of interesting features were implemented over the last two months, and they all converge towards making Godot 3.0 an impressive release! This progress reports covers the work done by all contributors apart from Juan, who will showcase his recent renderer improvements in the next progress report.
Do you want to become a better game developer with Godot? GDquest, who makes game creation tutorials with open source tools, is on Kickstarter, with our full support!
GDquest, content creator and gamedev teacher of Krita and Godot fame, will soon start a Kickstarter campaign for a professional quality game creation course targeting the upcoming Godot 3! Among Godot developers, we are all thrilled about the project and want it to be a huge success, so mark the date and be sure to support the campaign!
Here's the newest maintenance release in the current stable branch, Godot 2.1.3. It features various bug fixes and usability improvements, as well as some new features such as enums in GDScript, the ability to change the cost function in the A-star algorithm, various API additions and a (work in progress) tool to convert 2.1.x projects to the format expected by Godot 3.0 alpha.
Another month of work, another progress report. This month work was divided into completing the exporters, GDNative (formerly DLScript) and the new particle system.
A short introduction to the new GDNative module (formerly DLScript) and how to use it in a project. This is a very early version, but the overall process will stay the same.
Get ready to Meet the Nodes in person: we are organising a Godot event on Saturday 22 April 2017 in Paris, where many Godot developers will be giving talks, lead workshops or just be available to discuss the engine and game development! This will be a great occasion for European community members to meet Godot's lead developer, Juan Linietsky (reduz), who usually lives in Argentina.
February was spent mostly rewriting the import and export workflow of Godot, so not many pretty visual features were added. At the end of the month, I also went to San Francisco for GDC.