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1. August 2017


MonoUE is now available, bringing Mono runtime support to Unreal Engine 4.16 game engine.  This enables you to use C# and F# as development languages for Unreal powered titles.  Right now you need to build a special fork on Unreal Engine from source in order to use MonoUE.


More details about MonoUE:

Features

  • Fully integrated with the Unreal object system and Unreal Editor.
  • C# bindings are generated automatically for all Blueprint-accessible types and members.
  • Objects and functions defined from C# can subclass types defined in C++, and can be used from Blueprint and from the Unreal Editor.
  • Runs on Windows and Mac.

Planned or in development:

  • Visual Studio integration
  • Debugging
  • Hot reload
  • Mobile platform support
  • Cooked builds

Feature requests and and bugs are tracked using GitHub Issues.

For more information, be sure to check out the Github page.

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27. July 2017


Today Godot just released the first downloadable version of the upcoming Godot 3.0 game engine.  This is an alpha level release, so while mostly feature complete do expect to encounter several bugs.  If you are godwaiting for C# support, unfortunately it did  not make it into the alpha release but hopefully will be released soon.  This alpha however is absolutely packed with new functionality including the completely new 3D renderer and material system, a new visual programming language, GDNative, an updated UI and much more.


From the release notes:

The features

Now, there are still some cool features that can already be played with in this alpha1 build, and we are looking forward to seeing what you will come up with using the new 3D renderer. There is no exhaustive listing of all the new features to experiment with, but you can read past articles of this blog and check Juan's Twitter feed for some teasers :)

Please use the community channels to discuss with existing users and learn how to use the new workflows of Godot 3.0 - as of this writing there is almost no documentation on the new features, but this alpha1 build should serve as a starting point for documentation writers.


I made a 20 minute hands-on video showcasing some of the new functionality available in Godot 3.0 available here and embedded below.

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25. July 2017


The Defold Lua powered game engine version 1.2.109 has just been released.  The Defold engine is a Lua powered mobile focused cross platform 2D game engine developed by King.  If you are interested in learning Defold, we have a full tutorial series available here.  This release comes just in time for the CoronaDefoldJam, starting a few days.


Details from the release notes:


This sprint we've been finishing the Particles in GUI task, and also added some smaller enhancements.

Particles in GUI

This release adds the feature of adding particle effects to your GUI scene.
Just as other resources in the gui, you add a .particlefx file to the scene,
and then you can reference it by adding particle fx nodes to your scene.

You can also add nodes dynamically at runtime.

Previewer in Editor 2

Also, please try playing the effect directly in the Editor 2 by pressing CMD+P
In the gui, you can change the color propery while the effect is playing.

The Lua API
  • gui.new_particlefx_node(pos, particlefx)
  • gui.play_particlefx(node, [emitter_state_callback])
  • gui.stop_particlefx(node)
  • gui.set_particlefx(node, particlefx)
  • gui.get_particlefx(node)

Engine

  • DEF-2106 - Added: Particles in GUI
  • DEF-2813 - Fixed: Fixed crash when error logging a bad string (in gui.delete_texture)
  • DEF-2437 - Fixed: The render.get_render_target_width() and render.get_render_target_height() now support BUFFER_TYPE_COLOR_BIT/BUFFER_TYPE_DEPTH_BIT/BUFFER_TYPE_STENCIL_BIT
  • DEF-2807 - Fixed: Added sound name output when it fails to decode
  • DEF-2809 - Fixed: Embedded camera component not working in Editor 1
  • DEF-2811 - Fixed: Target app: Failing to load project file restarts the target app
  • DEF-2814 - Fixed: Native Extensions now build debug builds for Win32 too

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25. July 2017


Available on Github, Crytek have released a preview version of the upcoming CryEngine 5.4 game engine.  Obviously being a preview you should expect some bugs and glitches and should probably wait on the final release in a production environment.  The 5.4 release contains over 620CryEngine improvements including Substance material importing, Vulkan support, a new component system and more.  Not included in the preview release, but part of the 5.4 release is also the release of the editor source code.


Details from the release notes:

With over 623 improvements, fixes and features this release includes all new Vulkan API support, and although it’s our first step on the road you can expect further support on this soon. Also included is the Entity Component System with unified standard entities across C++ and Schematyc.

For Artists, we have a much requested Substance integration for the reading of material archives and manipulation of texture inputs with in-editor graphing. Additionally, we have expanded the feature set of the terrain system to allow for better blending of terrain and objects within your level.

Iterating on existing technology there is a second iteration of the Asset System which provides improvements and extended usage across tools, with thumbnail generation and all new dependency tracking. To get started, you can find the CRYENGINE 5.4 Preview on Github HERE!

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22. July 2017


HaxeFlixel 4.3.0 was just released.  HaxeFlixel is a Haxe port of the popular Flixel 2D game engine.  If you are interested in learning more about HaxeFlixel we have a complete audio and text tutorial series.


Details of the release from the changelog:

New features:
  • FlxTween: added cancelChain() (#1988)
  • FlxMatrix: added transformX() and transformY() (dcc66b3)
  • FlxCamera: added containsPoint() (#1964)
  • FlxSubState: added openCallback (#2023)
  • FlxSpriteGroup:
    • added insert() (#2020)
    • added clipRect support (#2051)
  • FlxSoundGroup: added pause() and resume() (#2043)
  • FlxDebugger interaction tool:
    • added tooltips (#2006)
    • added a selection rectangle (#1995)
  • FlxDebugger console: added an "Entry Type" quick watch entry (d354352)
  • FlxStringUtil: added getHost() (#1996)
  • FlxPoint: added toVector() (#2061)
  • FlxGamepad: added getAnalogAxes() (#2064)
  • FlxMouse: added getters for justPressedTimeInTicks (#2070)
  • FlxEase: added linear / smooth / smoother functions (#2080)
<?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = "[default] http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" NS = "http://www.w3.org/2000/svg" />Bugfixes:
  • FlxAnimation: fixed reversed animations (#1998)
  • FlxRandom: fixed getObject() not respecting startIndex (#2009)
  • FlxGroup: fixed remove() with Splice = true not decreasing length (#2010)
  • FlxStringUtil: fixed an issue with decimals in formatMoney() (#2011)
  • FlxMouseEventManager:
    • fixed overlap checks for off-camera sprites (#1964)
    • fixed pixel-perfect overlaps with offset (#1999)
    • fixed reset logic on state switches (#1986)
  • FlxPreloader: fixed missing assets with full DCE (764a5a8)
  • FlxG.cameras: fixed reset() not removing all cameras (#2016)
  • FlxAnimationController: fixed flipX / Y not being copied in copyFrom() (#2027)
  • haxelib run flixel: fixed the working directory not being passed on (61f2c20)
  • FlxDebugger interaction tool:
    • fixed selection of FlxSpriteGroup members (89a4ee2)
    • fixed selection of objects in substates (69042ab)
    • fixed selections being canceled on interaction with debugger UI (897f21f)
  • FlxG.html5: fixed platform detecting iPhone and iPod as "Mac" (#2052)
  • FlxTilemap: fixed a missing bounds check in getTileIndexByCoords() (#2024)
  • FlxAnalog: fixed mouse input without FLX_NO_TOUCH (#2067)
  • flixel.input: fixed Float being used for tick values (#2071)
  • FlxCamera: fixed object visibility for zoom < 1 (#2003)
  • FlxEmitter: fixed issues with lifespan == 0 (#2074)
Changes and improvements:
  • FlxBitmapText: allowed negative lineSpacing values (#1984)
  • FlxStringUtil: made getDomain() more robust (#1993, #1996)
  • FlxG.signals: changed gameResized to be dispatched after camera resize (#2012)
  • FlxAtlasFrames: allowed passing a parsed Description in fromTexturePackerJson() (#2021)
  • FlxG.watch: optimized expression watch entries (#2004)
  • FlxDebugger console:
    • allowed null objects in registerObject() to unregister (f52c73e)
    • registered a reference to the current selection of the interaction tool (1bb7b48)
    • prevented unpause after manual pausing through UI (56854fc)
  • FlxBasePreloader: improved the design of the sitelock failure notice (#1994)
  • FlxFlicker: made stop() public (#2084)
  • FlxAnalog: several fixes and improvements (#2073)

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