Seriously bummed about dropping MacOS support. I have a spanking new MacBook Pro M1 and it's wicked fast. Oh well.
The future of Asset Forge
Last year Asset Forge received 6 free content updates added numerous features, fixing bugs and adding almost 400 new blocks. The next update is planned to release soon and will add some commonly requested features like recently used blocks, favorites and vertex snapping. Expect that update to hit next month.
Asset Forge for macOS
I've been pretty vocal about my thoughts on Apple and over the last couple of years it hasn't become easier to support the company or platform. My (2011) iMac is starting to become inadequate for testing and officially isn't supported by Apple anymore. Recent changes to the company might mean more 'security' features (forcing developers to get an Apple developer certificate) and a different CPU architecture to develop for.
I can't continue supporting this and will drop macOS support for the next major version of Asset Forge (known as 3.0), updates to the 2.X versions will still be available for macOS as that's fair to people that purchased Asset Forge for their device.
Asset Forge for Linux
Over the last couple of months I've become more knowledgeable on the Linux platform and updates will continue to release for Linux platforms, including the next major update known as 3.0. Please do continue submitting any issues you encounter as this will help improve the software for everyone.
Asset Forge 2.X
Updates will continue to release for Asset Forge 2.X however they'll be limited to fixing issues and adding new content like blocks or sample models after 2.1.2 releases. Since I've started development on Asset Forge 3.0 the focus will be moved to that version of the software.
Asset Forge 3.0
Asset Forge 3.0 is a complete rework of the software running on the latest version of the engine, improving on every aspect. I've personally learned a lot about coding, UX and by gathering feedback I am confident I can take the software to the next level. I've got no idea yet whether the version will be released as a free update, or become a separate premium upgrade - as soon as that's known I'll do an announcement regarding this. There's no release date yet, I'll be posting previews on Twitter when available.
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Please keep us posted when you know more about whether 3.0 will be a separate product, it would be unfortunate to buy this then find out the next day that 3.0 is a different product.
It won't be a separate product, it'll either be free or paid upgrade.
Then I will probably wait until we find out which it is, and, if it is a paid upgrade, for when it is released so I'll know what the full price is.
I mean if you really want to wait, it'll probably be awhile. You can buy 2.0 right now and get its price discounted when you upgrade, just like he does for the 2.0 standard to deluxe upgrade. Deluxe costs $40 but when you upgrade it only costs $20.
Asset Forge is worth every penny, as is all Kenney Assets (I've purchased each and every one, though it wasn't necessary). I am no artist! I'm too technical for that... I need the wonderful efforts of people like Kenney.
For those offering to pay for an upgrade, I think you'll find Kenney won't do that (from my experience), but that does not mean you cannot donate more money to him. There is nothing wrong with becoming a patron.
I just wanted to say thank you for the continued updates. I just found your tool and am amazed by the ease of use and quality. I would gladly pay an upgrade price for AF3. Thank you for the Linux support, works flawlessly.
I really wouldn't mind paying for and upgrade to get Asset Forge 3, I currently have the deluxe version and is very well worth every penny. Cant wait for the new version. Keep up the great work!
Very cool. Cant wait to see it. Love asset forge.
I’ve been keeping my eye on this, but my weapon of choice is a Mac so I’ll have to try and figure out a way to integrate the Linux or Windows version that isn’t too painful. Regardless, I’m a fan of your work so keep it up!
Thank for the Linux support!
Will Asset Forge ever be free?
Good thing I’m building a Windows PC… Keep up the good work all the same
You can run any OS on any other OS via virtual machines, so that's not really an issue anymore. :)
Thank you. Looking forward to it