The Godot team just keep on adding in big new features to make this one of the best free and open source game engines around and the next Beta update for Godot 3.2.4 is out now.
Here's the main list of what's new overall for Godot 3.2.4:
- Android App Bundle and subview embedding support.
- 2D batching for GLES3 (it was implemented for GLES2 in 3.2.2), and improvements to GLES2's batching.
- A new software skinning for MeshInstance to replace the slow GPU skinning on devices that don't support the fast GPU skinning (especially mobile).
- Rewritten and greatly improved FBX importer.
- Improved Web editor prototype and AudioWorklet support for multithreaded HTML5 builds.
- New option to snap 2D transforms to whole coordinates, helps prevent jitter on pixel art camera motions.
- Configurable amount of lights per object, now defaulting to 32 instead of 8.
- macOS ARM64 support in official binaries for Apple M1 chip (only classical build for now).
- Optional GDNative support for HTML5.
- MP3 loading and playback support.
- WebXR support for VR games.
- Minimap support in GraphEdit.
- Fixes to Mono on WebAssembly.
- New CPU lightmapper (new in beta 6).
- New dynamic BVH for rendering and the GodotPhysics backends (new in beta 6).
- Multiple fixes to one-way collisions (new in beta 6).
- New AspectRatioContainer Control node (new in beta 6).
While their main focus is on the much bigger upcoming Godot 4 which has a big rendering overhaul and Vulkan API support, they're clearly not done here. Project Manager Rémi Verschelde mentions how there's "even more in the works that will be included in future beta builds". Full info here.
In other somewhat recent Godot news, the team recently blogged about their work on a glTF 2.0 scene exporter. What is glTF? A royalty-free specification for the efficient transmission and loading of 3D scenes and models by engines and applications, overseen by The Khronos Group (the same behind OpenGL, Vulkan and so on). Godot has been able to import glTF for some time now but the option to export it from Godot enables developers to quickly put it back into something like Blender, to make any changes needed to then bring the updates back into Godot. All very useful sounding.
Also if you missed it, be sure to check out their 2020 overview video. The progress is outstanding: