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Minetest, the popular free and open source voxel game engine, one that can be used to play various different games (like a Minecraft clone) just released version 5.8.0.

There's some pretty big changes to how it works with this release removing Minetest Game from the default install. The idea seems to be a mixture of it not exactly being a good showcase, along with making Minetest itself more of a neutral game engine (and get away from all the Minecraft Clone comments).

Going along with that the main menu went through a redesign, prompting you to install an actual game and a much improved settings menu making it easier to use and more modern. There's also more antialiasing filters, rendering performance improvements, modding improvements and so on.

New settings menu layout style:

The settings menu now actually looks like it's from a modern game — hooray!

MineClone2 screenshot:

There's lots more that's new, improved and changed:

Minetest 5.8.0 changelog, click me

Deprecations and compatibility notes

  • Minetest Game is no longer the default game and will no longer be shipped by Minetest. If you want it back, install it by using the “Content” tab
  • lua_api.txt has been converted to Markdown and renamed to
  • Android now builds via CMake (sfan5)
  • Compiling: C++17 support is now required
  • Node definition field air_equivalent is now documented—as deprecated.

Client / Audiovisuals

  • Main menu: Redesign and unify settings interface (rubenwardy, grorp, icon by Zughy)
  • Main menu: better prompt to install a game when none is installed (ROllerozxa)
  • Main menu: various fixes (grorp, ROllerozxa)
  • ContentDB GUI: Load package list asynchronously (grorp)
  • Option to invert direction or disable mouse wheel for hotbar item selection (srifqi)
  • Inventory mouse shortcut improvements (OgelGames)
    • Holding down Sneak+click while moving the mouse over item slots now continously moves items to other inventory (if available)
    • Press Sneak+click on the crafting output slot to craft and move result to inventory
      • Left mouse button: Craft as many as possible
      • Mouse wheel: Craft 10 times
      • Right mouse button: Craft once
    • Drag an item stack on the crafting grid to split stacks evenly
    • Hold down Left mouse button while holding an item stack and move the cursor over the slots to pick up items of the same type
    • Scroll the mouse wheel on top of a slot to pick up or put down items
  • Implement check_offset for decorations (nephele-gh)
  • Touchscreen input improvements (srifqi)
  • Rendering-related performance improvements and fixes (numberZero)
  • Add antialiasing filters (FXAA, SSAA) (x2048)
  • Reverse eye-offset Z-coordinate in 3rd person front view (lhofhansl)
  • DPI-aware crosshair (grorp)
  • Prevent early respawns caused by up/down button in the death screen (srifqi)
  • Sounds and animations are now paused in pause menu in singleplayer (DS)
  • Android: Place nodes with single tap (grorp)
  • Android: Higher default graphics settings (grorp)
  • Android: Auto-detect locale (grorp)
  • Android: ignore broken language files (srifqi)
  • X11 (Linux): Add primary selection (copy & paste via select & middleclick) support (DS)

World / Server / Environment

  • Major speedup for crafting shapeless craft recipes (Hocroft-Karp algorithm) (DS)
  • Fix crash on handling wallmounted nodes with invalid param2 (savilli)
  • Fix biomes not repecting their Y limits (Radar6255)
    • Especially thin biomes will now be generated as intended.
  • Saner (HTTP) timeout limits and log messages (sfan5)

Script API / Modding

  • Add ability to override item images using ItemMetaData (rubenwardy)
  • Add node pos to node damage HP change reason (Radar6255)
  • Add vector.in_area() utility function (AFCMS)
  • Add focused styling to buttons (rubenwardy)
  • Add min/max protocol version to minetest.get_version() (BuckarooBanzay)
  • Add additional texture modifiers (Treer)
  • Add node group disable_descend to disable actively descending down climbable nodes and nodes with liquid move physics (Wuzzy)
  • Add VoxelArea::intersect() (sfan5)
  • Allow nodes to have their post_effect_color affected by lighting (grorp)
  • Fix potential freeze in core.check_for_falling (savilli)
  • Send everlasting particle spawners to all players (chmodsayshello)
  • Allow place_param2 = 0 node placement predictions (SmallJoker)
  • New player physics overrides for climb speed, sneak speed, acceleration, liquid fluidity and liquid sink speed (#11465) (Wuzzy)
  • Allow to set custom third person front view camera offset (grorp)
  • Add script to update/generate mod translations: util/ (Wuzzy)
    • See util/ for details
  • Add start_time to sound parameter tables (part of #12764) (DS)

Misc / Maintenance

  • Entity/Object fixes and unittests (numberZero)
  • Lua environment cleanups and improvements (sfan5)
  • Various documentation improvements (Zughy, Wuzzy)
  • Inventory code fixes (SmallJoker, DS)
  • Many various code fixes (sfan5, grorp, srifqi)
  • Opt-out option for Doxygen generation on build (nerzhul)
  • Sound code cleanups and improvements (#12764) (DS)
    • Long sounds in sound packs, or sent via dynamic media, no longer cause client freezes on load
    • Positional sounds can be faded now
    • Documentation
    • Other improvements listed elsewhere
  • Faster client load times (#12764 and irr#233) (DS)

Minetest Game

  • Minetest Game is no longer the default game and no longer installed by default
  • New water textures (the old ones were non-free) (Lopano)
  • Improve leaves textures in "Opaque Leaves" mode (Wuzzy)
  • When a player dies in protected air, bones now spawn as a block instead of dropping as an item (OgelGames)
  • Add API for sapling growth (aegroto)
  • Hook callbacks for default.set_inventory_action_loggers (appgurueu)
  • Fix logic error in bed rotation (fluxionary)
  • Fix coral and kelp duplication glitch with sticky piston from Mesecons mod (zmv7)
  • Fix players being able to skip many nights at once by spam-clicking bed (appgurueu)
  • Fix not updating vessel shelf infotext (Niklp)
  • Fix bookshelf infotext not updating when adding, removing or moving items inside (Montandalar, appgurueu)
  • Update translations: German (Wuzzy), Spanish (David Leal), Ukrainian (Andriy), French (xin)

See more on the official Minetest website.

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hardpenguin Dec 7, 2023
Quote(and get away from all the Minecraft Clone comments)

I think I am gonna give MineClone2 a spin.
Geppeto35 Dec 8, 2023
QuoteFrom 5.8.0, users will instead be directed to choose a game when first starting Minetest. Minetest Game will still be available to download, but the user will see other games as well. This gives greater visibility to the wide range Minetest has to offer.

What new players will see when they open up Minetest.

That's a super good idea! Thanks for that smart move. I had trouble to explain each time to new people, and specially young ones, how it works. Now that's explicit.
Thank you for your incredible work and for listening the community, especially the new comers.
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