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Godot 4 Game Development Cookbook

By : Jeff Johnson
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Book Image

Godot 4 Game Development Cookbook

5 (1)
By: Jeff Johnson

Overview of this book

Want to transition from Godot 3 to 4? Look no further than the Godot 4 Game Development Cookbook. This comprehensive guide covers everything you need to become proficient with the latest GUI, GDscript 2.0, Vulkan 2D/3D rendering, shaders, audio, physics, TileSet/TileMap, importing, sound/music, animation, and multiplayer workflows. With its detailed recipes, the book leaves no stone unturned. The Godot 4 Cookbook begins by exploring the updated graphical user interface and helps you familiarize yourself with the new features of GDscript 2.0. Next, it delves into the efficient rendering of 2D and 3D graphics using the Vulkan renderer. As it guides you in navigating the new Godot 4 platform, the book offers an in-depth understanding of shaders, including the latest enhancements to the shader language. Moreover, it covers a range of other topics, including importing from Blender, working with audio, and demystifying the new Vulkan Renderer and the physics additions for 2D and 3D. The book also shows you how the new changes to TileSet and TileMap make 2D game development easy. Advanced topics such as importing in Godot 4, adding sound and music to games, making changes in the Animation editor, and including workflows for multiplayer in Godot 4 are covered in detail. By the end of this game development book, you’ll have gained a better understanding of Godot 4 and will be equipped with various powerful techniques to enhance your Godot game development efficiency.
Table of Contents (13 chapters)

Using the Billboard node

In this recipe, we will create a MeshInstance3D with a BoxMesh. We use the visual shader Billboard node so that the MeshInstance3D will always face the camera.

Getting ready

For this recipe, click + to the right of the VSContextMenu scene we just completed to add a new scene. In the Scene tab, click 3D Scene. Click on the word Scene in the top-left corner next to Project, then select Save Scene As, and name it Billboard.

How to do it…

Let’s create MeshInstance3D and then add the visual shader:

  1. Left-click on the Node3D node and then press the + sign in the Scene tab. In the Create New Node window, type mesh in the Search box and then select MeshInstance3D to create the node in the scene.
  2. In the Inspector, click on <empty> to the right of Mesh and select New BoxMesh.
  3. Left-click on the same place to open the properties of the MeshInstance3D.
  4. Click on <empty> to the right of Material in the Inspector and...