March 2021 Update is coming soon

Posted on March 23rd, 2021 08:46 PM EST
Hello everyone,

The next Garry's Mod update is coming soon!

The current plan is to release the next Garry's Mod update on 31st of March at the usual 4PM GMT.
The update will be optional for all server owners, but naturally it is highly recommended to update to receive all the latest features and improvements.

You can preview the list of upcoming changes here:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/e/2PACX-1vTzEJEpdEje8e-FgsbyWGydu_Ez7p82MwOUPmRlUAAJ-KpkNJhHctyadZosfUYjVTz26KGip7bI7M9T/pub

What to watch out for
The new update brings a few new features that server owners and addon developers will want to watch out for to stay on top of things.

First of all, this update adds gamemode categories to the server browser. This requires all server owners and gamemode developers to update their gamemodes and set an appropriate category for it so players can filter gamemodes by these new categories and find your gamemode easier.
You can find more info about this topic here:
https://wiki.facepunch.com/gmod/Gamemode_Creation#category

Secondly, the server browser now shows the location/spoken language of the server via a country flag icon. This setting is per server and is designed to help players more easily find servers from a preferred location and/or find servers with a common spoken language they can understand.
You can find the details on how to do this properly here:
https://wiki.facepunch.com/gmod/Downloading_a_Dedicated_Server#locationflag

Lastly, there are some Lua API changes that will break existing scripts. These changes are unfortunately a necessary evil, and will not take long to fix. Specifically the behavior of Vehicle.SetVehicleParams has changed. You will find all of the details in the changelist, but the big issue that was fixed is with the vehicle speeds, where you no longer need to manually adjust between Hammer Units and Inches if modifying data from Vehicle.GetVehicleParams.

Help us test the update
We kindly ask anyone willing to help us test this update before it releases (especially modders and server owners), to minimize any potential problems with the update.

You will find instructions on how to test the upcoming update below.

You can report any found issues in the comments below, on our official Discord server or on our official bug tracking repository on GitHub: (be sure to search before posting)
https://github.com/Facepunch/garrysmod-issues
https://discord.com/invite/gmod

Pre-release Steam Branch
The Pre-Release and x86-64 Steam beta branches for Garry's Mod has been updated and contain all the changes that will be included in the next update.

If you want to set up an Dedicated Server instance using the Pre-Release branch, see this article: https://wiki.facepunch.com/gmod/Downloading_a_Dedicated_Server

How to switch game branches:
  1. Exit the game
  2. Right click on Garry's Mod in Steam and select Properties
  3. Go to the Betas tab and select your desired branch
None - This is the normal version of the game
Pre-Release - This is the next update
Dev - This is a bleeding edge version of the game, expect it to contain more bugs than usual
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