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If you've been following the official godotengine.org blog , you've likely seen the announcement that covered Godot's development and release plans . Based on that plan we should see more structured release cycles, with contributors capable of determining when to push a change to hopefully be included in a cycle. They are hoping this reduces the stress of pushing a feature in a rushed or early state just to get it in the next cycle, which previously wasn't always known when that window could close. The team is also hoping to continue the practice of releasing preview builds often, which leads them into this release for us to get our hands on and start testing the upcoming features of 4.1 with the release of 4.1's dev snapshot 1 .
Changes made 2D, Animation, Audio, Buildsystem, C# Support and loads of changes for the Core, Editor, GDScript, GUI, Import, Input, Navigation, Particles, Physics, Porting, Rendering, Shaders, XR and more. It does seem the work they are prioritizing for 4.1 can be seen in this early preview!
Part of what I enjoyed about the release of 4.0 was the quick feedback loop we got from the team as they squashed bugs, added features, and got things rolled out as quickly as they could, even over holidays! In order for them to deliver on that tight feedback loop, they need feedback from fellow developers such as ourselves. So head over to the Downloads section and get testing and provide that valuable feedback they need!