A new major version of GDevelop is now out! GDevelop 5.1 is focused on ease of use and the development of connected services around the GDevelop editor as well as in the games themselves. Let's take a closer look.
You need to create, regardless of where you are or the device you're using. GDevelop's free and premium subscriptions have been completely revamped, adding much more functionality, including project and asset cloud saves and sync, player feedback, leaderboards, and more.
The Free tier also gets cloud upgrades and new features (including cloud saves and sync, asset uploads, and more), and as always, unlimited local builds.
You can find out all of the advantages of paid subscriptions on the Pricing page.
There have been a lot of improvements and changes made to the core GDevelop engine and the app itself, such as:
You spend hours in the editor, and we get feedback every day. Thank you so much for that! Notably, in addition to the core engine improvements, we've worked on this:
New features can bring more ideas and different dynamics to your games. Leaderboards are a popular way of making your games more social but can be difficult to implement. The new Leaderboards feature in GDevelop makes it easier for you to create and implement it in your games. You can try it in this new game example.
There are now multiple games with more than 1000 scores submitted to their Leaderboards. Ball Challenge 2 has multiple leaderboards that add up to over 131.000 scores submitted on this game alone! This is a great example of just how scalable Leaderboards are for bigger games.
Player Authentication has also been added to display players' nicknames on the leaderboards and reduce the opportunities for cheating. This is an easy way to log in with your GDevelop account on any GDevelop game, whether you are on Android, Windows, Linux, or a web platform like gd.games or Itch.io.
There are more things planned for Player Authentication, including social login, social features for players, and more ways for you as a game creator to interact with your players.
There's actually been a flurry of updates and new features implemented over the past few weeks and months. Here's a brief overview of some of the things that have been added, changed, or improved.
New Game Templates:
Asset Store Improvements:
If you want a more detailed overview of the plethora of new features, check out the changelogs on the GDevelop GitHub page.
Minimizing the learning curve and transmitting the fundamentals of GDevelop in easy-to-understand ways is extremely important. That's why there's a new Onboarding flow when you launch the web app for the first time.
Onboarding is available in English, French, Portuguese, and Spanish. You can also launch the guide at any time from the new homepage or start the tour in one-click!
The new homepage has been transformed into a portal, designed to take you where you need to go faster than ever.
All your projects are listed in the Build tab. The best tutorials and educational resources are listed in the Learn tab for people eager to learn. In the Play tab, you can find plenty of fun, including a showcase of games made with GDevelop. Your game could be a part of it one day!
And because the community is an essential part of GDevelop, there's a new Community tab where you'll find relevant news, like our recently-launched Community Advocate Program, as well as the links to all our social media accounts, our Discord server, and the forum.
GDevelop is in constant development, and the changes that are made are directly influenced by community feedback. Community is at the core of what makes GDevelop what it is.
From feedback to events like our game jams (with more than 500 games made for jams and over US$2500 in prizes distributed), to the new Community Advocate Program, and the constant contributions to the core code and extensions, the GDevelop community drives everything we do.
There is always more to come, so stay tuned for future news (including our next game jam before the end of the year!). And if you haven't done so in a while, open up the web app or download GDevelop and see for yourself all that is new and improved in version 5.1.