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18. July 2019


In addition to their already released 2D Gamekit  (and the more advanced 3D Gamekit), Unity have released three new Gamekits to their Unity Learn portal.  The new gamekits include:

Each Gamekit includes a complete project downloadable from the Unity Asset store as well as a full step by step tutorial that average around 1 hour in duration.  They are designed to introduce users to Unity without requiring art or programming ability.  Each Gamekit is designed to be extended or customized by the user.  Learn more about the new gamekits in the video below.

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15. July 2019


As part of the Unreal Megagrant Program launched to:

…support game developers, enterprise professionals, media and entertainment creators, students, educators, and tool developers doing amazing things with Unreal Engine or enhancing open-source capabilities for the 3D graphics community.

Of course “open source capabilities for the 3D graphics community” sounds like a very specific application doesn’t it?  Therefore today’s news should come as no surprise, the Blender Foundation is receiving $1.2M USD as part of the megagrant program.

Details from the Blender news page:

Epic Games, as part of the company’s $100 million Epic MegaGrants program, is awarding the Blender Foundation $1.2 million in cash to further the success of Blender, the free and open source 3D creation suite that supports the full range of tools empowering artists to create 3D graphics, animation, special effects or games.

The Epic MegaGrants initiative is designed to assist game developers, enterprise professionals, media and entertainment creators, students, educators, and tool developers doing outstanding work with Unreal Engine or enhancing open-source capabilities for the 3D graphics community.

The Epic MegaGrant will be delivered incrementally over the next three years and will contribute to Blender’s Professionalizing Blender Development Initiative.

“Having Epic Games on board is a major milestone for Blender,” said Blender Foundation founder and chairman Ton Roosendaal. “Thanks to the grant we will make a significant investment in our project organization to improve on-boarding, coordination and best practices for code quality. As a result, we expect more contributors from the industry to join our projects.”

“Open tools, libraries and platforms are critical to the future of the digital content ecosystem,” said Tim Sweeney, founder and CEO of Epic Games. “Blender is an enduring resource within the artistic community, and we aim to ensure its advancement to the benefit of all creators.”

This is actually the second time Epic Games funded Blender, with a much smaller donation back in 2014.

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13. July 2019


Although Godot gained C# support with the release of Godot 3.0, it was missing support for key platforms, specifically mobile and browsers.  News from the Godot website indicates that Godot will receive C# support on the Android platform starting with Godot 3.2, thanks in a large part to a funding grant by Microsoft.

From the news entry by Ignacio Roldán Etcheverry:

Today I'm glad to announce we've finally made it happen. Godot 3.2 will ship with support for exporting C# games to the Android platform.

The process of exporting a game for Android with C# is the same as it would be if you were using GDScript. Godot will make sure to add all the assemblies and dependencies to the exported APK. No extra steps are required from you.

It supports all target ABIs Godot does (armeabi-v7a, arm64-v8a, x86 and x86_64). Currently, we only use JITed code, with AOT support coming in the future.

If you want to try Android C# support with Godot you need to build it yourself until the 3.2 release occurs.  Details of building with Mono support are available here.


They also discuss the future plans:

The next step in the roadmap is integration with the MonoDevelop IDE. More details will come in the next devblog, in a bit less than a month. You can expect much awaited features like debugging as well as better experience for opening files with this IDE (currently we use the command line with bad results). Thanks to the editor re-write, this will be a much easier task.

If you're wondering about support for WebAssembly and iOS or integration with Visual Studio and VS Code, don't fear. Those are all on the roadmap. You can expect to hear more about them in the future.

Learn more in the video below.

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11. July 2019


Blender have just released the first, and hopefully only, release candidate for Blender 2.80.  Assuming no major show stopping bugs are found in the release candidate, Blender 2.80 final release should be just around the corner!  You can download the release candidate here

EDIT: The download link is now available right here.

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Blender 2.80 has spent over 4 years in development and is absolutely packed with new features.  The star of the show is EEVEE, the new real-time viewport renderer, but other major features include massively improved 2D creation and animation tools, Cycles renderer improvements and of course a completely new UI.

To learn more about Blender 2.80 be sure to check out the Blender 2.80 launch page.  Much more in-depth details of the thousands of new features in Blender 2.80 are available in the extensive release notes.  Or you can simply watch the video below!

Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage when Blender 2.80 is finally released in the coming days!

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10. July 2019


There is a new Humble Bundle of interest to game developers, specifically Unity game developers.  This is the Humble Unity Game Development Bundle, and it consists of a collection of Udemy courses by GameDev.tv, mostly on the subject of Unity, although a few other topics such as Git and Blender are also covered.  As always the bundle is organized into tiers, where if you buy a more expensive tier, you get all of the content at the lower tiers. 

The tiers in this bundle consist of:

1$ Tier

  • How to Get A Job in the GameDev Industry
  • Finish It! Motivation and Processes for Game & App Development


20$ Tier

  • Locked content Blender Environment Artist
  • Git Smart: Learn Git The Fun Way With Unity Games


25$ Tier

  • Complete C# Unity Developer 3D
  • RPG Core Combat Creator
  • Complete C# Unity Developer 2D
  • Locked content Unity 3D Game Kit - Make Games Without Coding


All contents in the bundle consist of Udemy product keys, so you need to have a Udemy account and you have to redeem the keys within a year of purchasing.  As always you can decide how your money is allocated, between Humble, the publisher, charity and if you so choose (and thanks if you do!) to support GFS.  The bundle is available here, you can learn more by watching the video below.

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