It’s been a while since our last recap and we wanted to take some time to put together a bigger, more exciting recap of all of the great things that happened in the world of Roblox development over the summer.
UPDATES (THE NEWS)
For a while, we only supported a handful of fonts for developers to use in their games. We’ve now added a bunch of new fonts for you to mess around with and see what works for your game! Check out the announcement for all the details and a list of the new fonts.
Bubble Chat finally had its big glow up! With this makeover, your in-game messages look more beauteous than ever. Read the announcement for all the details, including a breakdown of the customization options!
For some developers, building in Studio used to be a real drag. Models just didn’t move how you would have expected. Well, your anguish has come to an end! Featuring improvements to UI, workflow, and functionality, you’ll want to give this announcement a look!
Roblox has never looked more beautiful. Seriously. Check out this announcement - if a picture’s worth a thousand words, it would take several thousand to capture how awesome this feature is.
We opened up the UGC Catalog program to applications to help improve the transparency around adding creators to the program and give a bit more feedback to aspiring participants. The maximum number of applicants has been reached and the current wave is being processed, but you should still take a look at the announcement to make sure you have all the right information.
Remember the One World: Together At Home virtual concert series that Roblox gave a stage to? Or perhaps the 7th Annual Bloxy Awards? These were some initial tests of a new feature: videos in the Marketplace. That’s right - your Roblox game can now have videos in it! You won’t want to miss this announcement.
We increased Premium Payouts by 67% (on top of tripling them back in April), meaning that Premium Payouts have grown 5x since we launched the program. It sure is a great time to make and play games on Roblox!
Skinned MeshParts allow for the appearance of characters and objects to be continuous and smooth rather than represented by rigid parts. Don’t know what that means? You’ll have to take a look at the pictures in the thread - and yes, those are all taken in Roblox.
Every day is a crab rave with this partnership! We worked with Monstercat to bring a huge collection of music for you to use in your games for free. Btw, that includes Crab Rave by Noisestorm. Raise your pincers!
Speaking of partnerships, we partnered with Bevy to create a program enabling developers to host their own events! All of the details can be found in the announcement post!
Future is Bright phase 3 is now available as a Studio beta feature. Grab a pair of sunglasses and go take a look at the incredible assortment of screenshots from your fellow developers showing off how their games look with the new lighting technology!
NEW EMPLOYEES (THE NOOBS)
Say hello to the latest additions to our team:
Virtual RDC 2020
We had a great time hosting you all on Zoom and in Discord during Virtual RDC 2020! While it’s unfortunate we couldn’t be together in person, hopping into the Discord channels to hang out really did capture the whole “walk up to anyone and have a conversation” feel of RDC. From virtual HQ tours to sneak peeks at upcoming features, we hope you all had as much fun as we did - and enjoy your windbreakers!
Special shout out to everyone who participated in the game jam and, of course, the winners! There’s a list of all of the finalists and honorable mentions in our larger RDC 2020 Recap blog post and we highly recommend checking out all of the games!
That’s all for our Summer 2020 Recap! We’re looking forward to seeing the forms your imagination will take over the rest of the year!