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0 comments by erlend_sh on Aug 21st, 2015

Original announcement on jmonkeyengine.org

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This release has been years in the making -- something we're determined to change going forward. That being said, it was with good reason that we took our sweet time, because "3.1" could just as well have been called "4.0". Now for some highlights:

All development is now on GitHub

jME has been developed on GitHub for a long time now, but the canonical 3.0 release was still located on the trusty but rusty GoogleCode. No more.

From ANT to Gradle

This won't make a difference to most end-users, but it certainly make things easier for us, and it opens up doors for Maven users as well.

Lots of goodies

More details in the announcement post, but in short:

  • Unified Renderer Architecture
  • OpenGL 3 Core Profile Support
  • Geometry / Tesselation Shader Support
  • Scene Graph Optimizations
  • Single pass lighting
  • FBX Importer (Beta!)
  • Geometry Instancing
  • Rewritten Audio Streaming
  • Networking Improvements
  • Gamma-correct lighting and high dynamic range rendering
  • Profiling Frame Times
  • Big iOS Improvements
  • Android Bugfixes & Improvements
  • Blender Importer improvements
  • SDK Editor Improvements (new optional jME skin!)
  • Bullet Physics improvements
  • And a bunch of bugfixes of course.

Virtual Reality is being worked on in a separate project at the moment.

Also, those who've been following our advances on Physically Based Rendering should know that this particular nugget isn't due until 3.2, but the gap between feature-releases shouldn't be nearly as large this time.

We be rollin' now.

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ceiphren
ceiphren Jun 25 2012 says:

A very short learning curve, stability, cross-plattform and a good performance made the engine my choice.

Not to forget that the community is very active and nearly every question gets a good answer.

I'm excited what they will do next.

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erlend_sh Creator
erlend_sh Jun 27 2012 replied:

Thanks! As for the "next up", the most prevalent milestones would be further improved Android support as well as finally going Stable.

Along with that, we'll be doing a lot of cool new publicity stuff now that I'm done with my education :D

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Silent_Scream
Silent_Scream Apr 24 2012 says:

This engine is why I'm going to learn Java instead of C++. It proves to me that AAA Quality graphics, excellent gameplay, good responsiveness, and stability can be had all at once with an interpreted language.

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Katana_
Katana_ Jun 7 2012 replied:

By "good responsiveness" you mean "lag galore", right?

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Phr00t
Phr00t Apr 20 2012 says:

This engine is great -- thanks guys, my 3079 game wouldn't have existed without it :)

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newbie2356
newbie2356 Mar 24 2012 says:

Cool, bsd license. I like the sound of that.

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FrenchDeath
FrenchDeath Mar 20 2012 says:

Nice Engine !

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Waddlesticks
Waddlesticks Jan 10 2012 says:

Is this going to be a free engine, pay once (Cheap), pay once (expensive) or like a yearly fee?
Could you please pm me?

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erlend_sh Creator
erlend_sh Jan 14 2012 replied:

Sorry I couldn't get back to you sooner, I gotta figure out how to turn on notifications for these comments.

To answer your question, this engine is entirely free and open source. There's nothing stopping you from visiting jmonkeyengine.org right now and downloading the latest Beta release. Have fun!

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Waddlesticks
Waddlesticks Jan 15 2012 replied:

Sweet thanks!

I'm not sure but I don't think thats supported ):

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Developer of 3079 here -- My game wouldn't have existed if it wasn't for this engine. This engine has done so many great things for me, and knowing it is purely Java based allows it to be completely cross-platform without any extra work. Did I mention it is free? These guys deserve tons of credit. This engine is fast and full of features. It also includes a complete Software Development Kit with terrain editors and all sorts of gizmos. Highly recommend this! In response to other review comments…

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