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Construct 2 on Steam

by Ashley | 31st, January 2013

We're very excited now that Construct 2 is available on Steam! This follows our successful Greenlight submission, and it took a fair amount of work to sort out the integration, but last Friday the Store page went live. We've been getting tonnes of questions since then about various aspects of Construct 2's Steam integration, so here's a status update about where we are now and what's coming up.

Thank you!

First of all, we owe a huge thank you to our amazing community! You're the ones who voted for our Greenlight submission which convinced Valve to Greenlight us. The response to our campaign was incredible, and we want you to know: it's hugely appreciated and it makes a big difference. We'll continue working hard to make sure Construct 2 is the best it can be.

Steam keys

Loads of you have already asked for a Steam key to get the Steam version of Construct 2. To show our gratitude for your support on Greenlight, we can offer a free Steam key for all existing Personal edition users who have purchased a Construct 2 license via our site! Unfortunately we cannot offer Steam keys to future purchases from our site, but if you bought on or before January 26th you can claim your free Steam key and start using the Steam version of Construct 2. To claim your Steam key visit this page and follow the instructions:

https://www.scirra.com/steamrequest.aspx

Please note this is an extension to your existing license. Even if you do not use Steam, you cannot give away your Steam key to someone else - it's just for you to use.

Media bundle

Normally when purchasing Construct 2 we email you a link to the media bundle with your sprites, sound effects and music that you get with the license. This doesn't happen when buying on Steam. From r117 and onwards, there's a one-time prompt to download your bundle, and there's also a link in the About dialog to download it. If you don't want to wait until the next stable update, email us at support@scirra.com and we'll send you the bundle.

Beta updates & x64 support

We initially launched on Steam with r114, the latest stable release. However you can now also opt in to beta updates and get r117 via Steam. Just right-click on Construct 2 in your Steam library, select Properties, and in the Beta tab select the beta option from the dropdown. As always, beta releases give you the latest features sooner, but are more likely to have problems, so use with caution! Also note you cannot open projects in older releases of Construct 2. So if you save in r117 you will not be able to open it in r114 - therefore be sure to keep regular backups in case you want to roll back.

Construct 2 has had 64-bit support from the start, but for technical reasons our first release on Steam only provides the 32-bit build. We'll be adding support for our 64-bit build on Steam soon. In the mean time, don't worry - 32-bit Construct 2 is functionally identical to the 64-bit one!

Steam Cloud & Workshop

We're aware that integrating other Steam services could add a lot of value for users. We're definitely interested in adding support. We'll be looking in to this further in the near future. Unfortunately we can't immediately give an ETA or be able to tell you exactly what features will be supported, but hopefully we'll have more news on this soon.

Mac & Linux support

We're constantly asked about making a Mac or Linux version of Construct 2. We're aware of the demand, but unfortunately our position has not changed: as a 3-man company, right now we simply cannot afford the resources to port such a large and complex application as Construct 2. However we do have long term plans, and we're thinking about what we can do towards this in future. I wouldn't hold your breath, though - it's going to be a long way off. For now we recommend dual-booting to Windows (or using a VM, but performance tends to be worse).

In the mean time, the latest beta can export your games to both Mac and Linux desktop via node-webkit. You might want to try that out!

Newbie influx!

Steam is a big site, and you may notice an increase in absolute-beginner questions in the community, such as on the forum. This is great! New users is always healthy for both the community and software, so let's remember to be patient and do our best to help them - we were all new once. There's some great resources in our tutorials section and the manual, so be sure to link where appropriate rather than trying to re-describe things that have already been covered. And don't forget some beginners go on to become top users who help other new beginners in turn. Spread the load for the win!

More to come

As ever we'll maintain a regular update schedule with beta updates every 1-2 weeks, and stable updates every 6-10 weeks. The Steam version will have simultaneous updates for both beta and stable updates from now on. Thanks again to our community and we hope to return the favour with more cool updates to come!

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Stomphoof 3,862 rep

I got my first taste thanks to you guys being on steam, but now I have it installed manually. Mainly because I have to keep it up to date so I can submit my creations :)

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:12:05 PM
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Sylvain 6,609 rep

Long life to Construct 2 !

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:12:09 PM
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Jakub 6,423 rep

When I'm trying to get the steam key the page returns .net error.
Not sure if it's only in my case or if it's more common problem.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:15:18 PM
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Tom 51.8k rep

@Jakub could you please email [email protected] and list the exact instructions of how you get this error?

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:17:21 PM
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rexrainbow 127.8k rep

Hope C2 will become more and more popular!

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:18:05 PM
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NewSkool 3,217 rep

Thanks for the great gesture Ashley and co! I got the same error as @Jakub though :(

Update: Error says 'Sequence contains more than one element'

Update 2: @Tom I just emailed support with details.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:18:55 PM
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Tom 51.8k rep

@NewSkool please email [email protected] with the steps to reproduce the error and I'll fix it straight away!

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:19:49 PM
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Era 8,595 rep

Another great goal achieved towards world domination for scirra!

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:23:25 PM
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taddmencer 2,528 rep

I actually saw this on Steam a little while ago. I was pretty excited. I can't wait to see where Construct and Scirra go from here! Keep up the awesome work!

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:23:42 PM
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RandomExile 12.1k rep

Now THIS is incredible! Steam is going to bring Construct and HTML5 gaming to a much wider audience.

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:24:13 PM
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NightHaunter 4,266 rep

Congrats! Hopefully more people will join us :)

However, I don't get whether there's any difference between the normal version and the steam version (since you're providing (kindly) a steam-key for us who've bought a personal license already)?

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:24:52 PM
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NewSkool 3,217 rep

Working fine now, got my redeem code. Thanks @Tom!

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:32:12 PM
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Zeth 3,406 rep

Perfect! Now let's get those new games rolling!

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:32:57 PM
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EgoAnt 6,368 rep

This is great! I love using Steam to manage my installs across multiple machines. It will be great to have lots of new users, and great to have more money coming in to Scirra so they can continue to add new features!

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:33:13 PM
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facecjf 7,915 rep

SaWEEEt :)

Thursday, January 31, 2013 at 3:33:17 PM

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