New Kodu Release

micro:bit V2 now supported!

Published: Mar 22, 2021 by scoy

New for is a minor release with just a few bug fixes and changed features.

  • Add support for micro:bit V2. Kodu should now work with V1 or V2 devices.

  • Add support for translating individual levels.
    Includes support for localizing:
    - titles
    - descriptions
    - ‘say’ strings
    - ‘hear said’ strings
    - tutorial instructions
    Includes Russian for built-in Kodu worlds.
    Right now doing a translation is a tedious process of hand editing the Xml file. In the future I hope to create a tool to make this easier and less error-prone.

  • Tweak the movement of Kodu and other bots that use the hover chassis. This change is not drastic but does make the bots feels more controllable and less like they’re sliding sideways a lot.

  • Fix bot to bot collision response when one bot is user controlled and the other is not. Previously the user controlled bot wouldn’t budge when collided with. Now acts as it should.

  • Change News Feed on the Main Menu page to stay open all the time. Previously, it would close when not being read which may have hid important announcements.
    When open it would also sometimes “trap” input making it difficult to get back to the Main Menu.

  • Kodu terrain map files now use the extension .Map instead of .Raw. The .Raw extension was being blocked by some anti-virus software. There should be no user-noticable effect of this.

  • Add further compression to audio and remove opening video to reduce installer size.

  • Update EULA, Privacy Statement, and Code of Conduct links to point to web site.


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Hi, I’d like to introduce myself. I’m Stephen Coy (scoy). I’m one of the original Kodu developers and have been working on Kodu since the project was started 14 years ago in Microsoft Research. For the last several years I’ve been the only person working on Kodu full time. Recently, I left Microsoft. I didn’t want Kodu to just disappear when I left so before leaving I was able to shepherd Kodu through the process of being released as open source. Microsoft also kindly allowed me to take over the community database and web site. My plan is to continue to support Kodu for years to come. Joining me will be Chris Phillips. Chris worked with me at Microsoft and has basically done all the work on the web site and community for the last decade.