Wait.., what? Didn’t 3.0 stable happen already? Yeah, it sort of did. But the guy with the trumpet (that’s me) missed his cue. I want another shot at it. It’s time to make it official (with an unofficial video – video editing skills is on my to-do list)
3.0 Stable – Capuchin Prime
Technically version 3.0.5, this lovable capuchin marks the end of an era for us. What started as what some might’ve thought was an April fool’s joke quickly made other monkeys curious and before long, “jMonkeyEngine 3.0″ was the talk of the jungle. There must have been some truly tasty bits in there, because the project just kept attracting one crazy talented primate after the other, and suddenly we were a proper little family (warts and all!), part of a tribe with exceptional contributors committed to be part of the pack, through good and bad.
When we released our first alpha back in June 2010, we definitely weren’t saying amongst ourselves “wohoo! only 4 years to go!”. However:
- Development never stopped
- New contributors kept coming
- More games got made
- And it amounted to one heck of an impressive conclusion.
It’s all semantics really. The project has been quite darn stable ever since our first beta release. We could have easily slapped the “Stable” sticker on it then – we chose to do it now. Why? Because bananas. Life. People switching jobs, taking the leap into indie, relatives passing, babies being born (and conceived; high five!)… But we’ve finally run out of excuses, and now so have you: It’s time to make that game!
Downloads & Upgrade
The “everything that’s new in 3.0″ changelog is too awesome to fit into one page, that’s why we collected the highlights in the milestone summary for 3.0. But some notable changes from 3.0.0 to 3.0.5 include:
- Updated bundled Blender to 2.69
- Update JDK to 1.7u51
- Included iOS preview (you read that right – check the plugins)
For those of you currently running 3.0.0 or older (RC, Beta.., Alpha? try to keep up), we highly recommend you uninstall your jME3 SDK, keeping your application settings intact. When installing the jME3 SDK 3.0.5 (Stable), you should be prompted to import your old settings.
The next major release (will require reinstall and all that junglejazz) will be jMonkeyEngine 3.1. We’re giving it a whole year; think of it as a new OS release. In the meantime, as has always been the case, many new features will find their way into the SDK by minor version updates and plugins.
In the days to come we’re gonna talk 3.1 roadmap, website plans and community; I want to put our level of openness and barriers to entry back on the agenda. We’ve been at it for a good while now, but we can still get better at this “open source” stuff.
Thanks for sticking by us and making awesome stuff. Here’s to another 5 years!