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The future of Construct

by Ashley | 27th, January 2015

Construct Classic was released in October 2007. Construct 2 followed in February 2011. Now we're coming up to four years and 200 releases later, we feel it is now time to consider the next step for Construct.

We frequently get requests for significant features which are very difficult to achieve with our current editor. These include:

  • Support for Mac and Linux
  • Translation to languages other than English
  • Third-party extensibility of the editor (an editor plugin SDK)
  • Project modularity features (such as designing new kinds of plugins purely in events, or ways to usefully share functions or groups of events)
  • Other editor-focused features (e.g. array contents editor, refactoring tools)

We feel Construct 2 is mature software and successfully achieves its goal of being an easy-to-use game editor. However we need to address the above requests eventually, and to do this it is necessary to build a whole new editor. This will be Construct 3.

Building Construct 3 is an ambitious project. However we believe the Construct 2 runtime already serves excellently as a feature-rich, powerful and high-performance engine for HTML5 games. Therefore we only aim to build a new editor, and we will continue to use the same cross-platform runtime that already supports thousands of games. This will reduce our workload and help us focus on perfecting the editor. We hope to also increase our development speed by hiring additional developers in the near future.

Building Construct 3 will also take time. During this time we will simply not have the resources to simultaneously design a next generation editor and keep up the rapid release cycle of Construct 2 updates. Consequently the rate of Construct 2 updates will slow down. We will keep maintaining it, since it's important to ensure bugs are fixed and that the runtime keeps up with the fast pace of browser development. So it should not be a complete drop off, just a slow down. Also the HTML5 gaming platform will continue to improve as browsers add new features and further improve performance, so progress should keep up pace there too.

We would like to emphasise that we still strongly believe Construct 2 is a great tool for game development. Construct 3 is likely a long way off, and upon its release we plan to have a great upgrade deal for existing Construct 2 users. Further, we are confident Construct 3 will be able to import Construct 2 projects, allowing you to easily transition over. So there should be no reason to hold off buying a Construct 2 license in the mean time.

We ask for your patience while we get to work on this exciting next step for Construct, and we will be sure to keep you updated with further news as soon as we're ready to share it.

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MinecraftM153 2,167 rep

... i dont see comments

Friday, April 01, 2016 at 11:42:41 AM
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MinecraftM153 2,167 rep

Where have you taken the comments, Scirra?

Thursday, May 05, 2016 at 1:21:27 PM
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Bad Wolf 1,661 rep

I see this is an old blog but still want to give my comment.

Construct 2 does what it promised, creating games in an easy to understand way. It wil certainly has its shortcomings, which I did not found yet. So I find Construct 2 a great tool for creating educational games for our 7 year daughter.

I am sure Construct 3 will give us again more power, more features and I am eager for its release. It is certainly whorthwhile the wait! I have a personal licence and it is good to know that there is a discount for present C2 licence holders.

One side note : when I bought my personal licence back in May 2015 I understood it is a lifetime licence, meaning paying once and update for free during the full lifespan of the application. Despite the fact I will pay the update price without any problem, Scirra should be more clear that when buying a license, the C2 updates will be free, but any further major release has to be paid.

I look forward very much to Construct 3. If I can make a suggestion, Affinity Designer (available for Mac and currently in Beta for Windows) created by Serif, seems a very good drawing tool in combination with Construct. I am using the beta and while I am not an artist, I can make a lot of objects and drawings for my own Construct 2 creations. It is very much worthwhile to check this out. Watch its demo video and you will find out why I am so positive about it.

Scirra construct 2 is a an excellent game development tool for beginners and experts. I can loose myself and be creative when I am using it. I am sure Construct 3 will be the best of the best!!!

Keep up the good work Scirra!!! Enjoy !!!!!!!!

Sunday, July 17, 2016 at 1:21:45 PM
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MinecraftM153 2,167 rep

Where is the beta for Construct 3? By the way, can you add preview and export for Nintendo 3DS? Oh, and, please say I didn't spam of Construct 3 ideas so the comments got removed... please accept my ideas...

Friday, September 09, 2016 at 5:32:31 PM
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prashant3999 1,488 rep

Can you make an android mobile app please please accept my idea i really want to make games in my android device as you can see no decent game engine are there in play store so please...

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 8:09:40 AM
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omega6 4,886 rep

@prashant3999 It probably wouldn't be a good thing to have a game maker in a mobile device, since you'd lack of functions and shortchuts your computer provides. Although, you can use Construct 2 to make a "Game Maker" game, creating a drag-n-drop editor etc. Would be something fun to play with.

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 2:11:27 PM
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prashant3999 1,488 rep

@omega6 why it shouldn't be a good things c3 for Android will open new possibilities for people's who only has Android devices .

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 4:28:38 PM
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BLACKMASK CEO 8,001 rep

Awesome news!!! I'm late to the party, so to speak, but can't wait for the impending release of C3! Love C2 and I encourage everyone who is interested in making quick, simple games to give C2 a shot... I so glad I did myself :)

Thursday, October 06, 2016 at 12:30:21 AM
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superwifibattler 3,327 rep

Construct 3 has to be able to use 3D functionality. Construct 3 ... D

Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 9:50:54 AM
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JulianDevs 602 rep

Awesome, please add the 3d function.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 9:31:34 PM
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MinecraftM153 2,167 rep

Can you please add support for Gaming mouses? (Gaming mouses have more buttons!)

Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 11:19:13 AM
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blurymind 5,686 rep

please make it possible to make games on android :D meaning, running the editor on my samsung note 10.1 tablet

Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 9:22:52 PM

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