Minetest is the free and open source voxel game engine, inspired originally by Minecraft it's gradually becoming bigger and better with lots of available games for it. A new release is on the horizon with Minetest 5.4.0 now having a first Release Candidate, a time where they need as many people as possibly to test it out and ensure it all works properly.
Back when Minetest 5.0 released in 2019, they added an in-game UI to download mods and games. It worked and they improved it a bit each release but a pain point was the dependency system. One mod needed another, needing another and so on. Finding them all was a hassle but perhaps not anymore. The 5.4 release has a whole new UI flow for downloading games and mods, along with dependency resolution, an update all ability, and download queues.
Simple and effective, it works!
It really does make it a huge amount easier, and quicker too. Enabling you to get your Minetest experience exactly how you want it. Want to cram every possible mod you can into the base Minetest game? Go for it. Want to try out a whole conversion game? There's that too.
This might actually get me to play more Minetest!
Some more of what's new includes:
- Improve input binding, allow mouse bindings
- Semi-transparent background for nametags
- Mapgen Flat: Add caverns, disabled by default
- ContentDB: Add overwrite dialog when content is already installed
- Lots of modding enhancements
- Security fixes