Today we celebrate the second anniversary of Solar2D as an independent fully open source project driven by the amazing community.
Last year brought us dozen builds, hundreds of commits, minor and major platform updates, multiple plugin updates. Among newer developments are revamping of the Linux support, and the most exciting news - we’re preparing to ship the first game to Nintendo Switch! It is currently going through the rigorous vetting and testing process required by the platform. Access to the platform is not generally available, but enthusiasts with DevKits can already try it. Look for details on our Discord server.
The project development is completely funded by donations on Patreon and GitHub Sponsors. We are doing well financially. Now we have 3 paid developers working on the improvement of the project. Our latest hire is Scott Harrison. He has been a very active member of the community for a while now and created a lot of independent plugins during Corona Labs days. Today he is running his own independent plugin marketplace and working on updating and supporting first party Corona Labs and Solar2D plugins. We are very glad to have Scott onboard.
For me, personally, this was a very rocky year. I had to move countries to help my brother to fight cancer, ultimately losing the battle and shortly afterwards having to flee the war. COVID, personal loss and horrors of the war are not easy things to deal with, especially in quick succession. I am very grateful for Solar2D community members who were supportive through the whole thing and helped out with running the project. My family and I are safe now.
As I see it Solar2D is stronger than ever. We are keeping up with development of platforms and the process is not tied or dependent on a single person. This makes me want to work and build our game engine even more.
For existing sponsors, I want to express my deepest respect and gratitude for trusting in me and in Solar2D.
Thanks to you all Solar2D will continue to live and develop as an amazing free and open source project, making creation of games easier for everyone. Great things are coming!
As a final note, I want to express great sorrow about the Russian invasion into Ukraine. I hope and pray for the aggression to stop. Solar2D stands with Ukraine.