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Announcing Construct 3

by Ashley | 1st, February 2017

At Scirra, we've always believed the future of software is on the web. Six years ago we bet on HTML5 for Construct 2. Back then it was a pretty crazy move. Some even thought it foolish. However we were vindicated: the web has rocketed far beyond everything we dared hope for — and it's still going strong.

As Arthur C. Clarke noted, the only way of discovering the limits of the possible is to venture a little way past them into the impossible. We aim to redefine what is possible with the web. So we built the Construct 3 editor itself for the browser.

Construct 3 works in Chrome on Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chrome OS. There's nothing to install — it's as simple as visiting a website. There are too many new features to list here, so we'll be posting regular updates over the next few weeks going in to more detail. However we've designed it web-first, with features like cloud save, remote preview, integrated WebFonts support, native-grade WebGL rendering, and much more. But don't worry - it'll still work fine when you go offline, even with an intermittent connection, and you can keep your projects offline too if you prefer. And as we promised, Construct 2 projects import with high fidelity. You won't have seen anything like this running in your browser before. And we're nearly ready to share what we've created.

Moving software to the web changes everything. Consequently we've had to make one change to the old way of doing things. As with the vast majority of web-based services, Construct 3 licenses will be based on a subscription rather than a one-off payment. We also know many existing Construct 2 users will be thinking about upgrading. Here's a summary of how pricing and upgrades will work.

  • A Construct 3 Personal subscription will be $99/year. This covers all export platforms.
  • Existing licensed Construct 2 users (including on Steam) will get 50% off their first year.
  • Anyone who buys Construct 2 from today until Construct 3's release will get their first year of Construct 3 for free. To make it a no-brainer, we're also putting Construct 2 on sale for $99. So there's no reason to wait!
  • If they choose, our existing Education users will be able to upgrade to Construct 3 for the remainder of their license period at no additional cost.
  • We will still have a basic free edition of Construct 3.

A public beta of Construct 3 will begin by April. At first our focus will be on testing, but we aim to make the full release by summer. We think you'll love it.

You can also follow an FAQ thread in our new Construct 3 forum.

Tomorrow we'll post the first screenshot of Construct 3 in action. On Friday we'll make the first of a series of major feature announcements. Regular updates will continue up until the launch of the public beta. So keep checking back regularly — there's a lot more to come yet!

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hmmg 7,124 rep

Keep up the good work guys , can't wait to test the public beta , and if there is any closed beta , let me in .

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 12:30:33 PM
quendera 617 rep

Excited for this. Will there be an option to work offline?

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 12:33:06 PM
zachillion 1,485 rep

Looking forward to read up about the features :)

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 12:34:01 PM
wiccawiz 1,527 rep

The future's ours!
Was guessing that you guys would move to a subscription model. But thoroughly surprised that you are taking care of you C2P users with that 50% off 1st year!
Can't wait to be testing it !!! XD

Fingers crossed for full compatibility with projects from C2, so that I can edit any unfinished work from C2 in the new C3.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 12:34:07 PM
Sebastien 13.6k rep

No more solid standalone? All based in a browser? Annual fee? Are you serious ?! :-(

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 12:35:04 PM
alextro 24.1k rep

Scrennshoot? If any?

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 12:35:05 PM
TackerTacker 8,017 rep

Im excited! Can't wait for the open Beta :D

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 12:36:34 PM
Silverforce 18.3k rep

I was hoping for some feature list! Well, look forward to your next C3 blog! :D

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 12:37:14 PM
stricky 892 rep

So all of our commercial assets will have to be saved to the cloud? Not sure I like that idea. Security will need to be very, very good. And I worry about the time it would take to open large projects - I would not trust Chrome with a 300mb CAPX file. But I look forward to seeing it in action.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 12:39:53 PM
FMistakes 1,516 rep

Huge Disappointment ((
I've never asked for this!

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 12:41:16 PM
gwerneck 768 rep

Mixed feelings about this, but I'm trusting Scirra for now. Let's see where it goes...

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 12:41:44 PM
Scofano 2,765 rep

Hell Yeah.

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 12:42:00 PM
esgame 2,215 rep

Epic fail.
gms vs contrast 0 : -1

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 12:44:40 PM
Adam 3,793 rep

Even with quite bitter pill to swallow (subscription) it sounds like another bold and interesting move. Personally I like an idea of web browser editor. And I think I can stand 50$ for 1st year. Second one? Will see..

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 12:45:00 PM
pokka 3,007 rep

Please let us know two things :
1) Is c3 online only or it does have an offline standalone version too?
2) Did you use c2 to create c3 ? :D

Wednesday, February 01, 2017 at 12:47:36 PM

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