Construct is a 2D game engine that provides a visual programming interface and compiles down to HTML5. Details of the upcoming release were announced back in February, today a beta is available to try. With the move to Construct 3 it has moved entirely to be browser based, requiring the Chrome browser.
What the beta includes
Our aim is to get lots of testing done and receive general feedback. Construct 3 is also not on sale yet. So for the public beta we are making the Free Edition of Construct 3 available. This has limits and several features are unavailable. However we will be making the fully-licensed version available for one week during the Newgrounds Gamejam from May 15th-21st! We aim to have subscriptions on sale when that week ends, by which time we should have found and fixed any last issues relating to subscriber-only features.
How to use the beta
Construct 3 requires Chrome 57+. This recently became the lastest stable version. If your system hasn’t updated yet, you can usually manually update by opening the Chrome menu and selecting Help → About Google Chrome. On mobile, check for updates in the Google Play Store. If you still can’t update, try installing Chrome Beta.
You can log in to Construct 3 (and the construct.net website) with the same username and password you use here on Scirra.com.
We’d like to point out one especially useful feature of Chrome that makes it easier to use Construct 3: in the Chrome menu, try selecting More tools → Add to desktop (or Add to shelf on Chrome OS, or Add to homescreen on mobile). Be sure to tick Open as window if the option is there. This creates an icon for Construct 3 on your desktop or home screen that lets you use Construct 3 like any other app. It also removes the browser address bar and UI, which saves space on your screen for more of Construct 3! And don’t forget Construct 3 works offline too, so the icon will continue to work wherever you go or whatever happens to your Internet connection.
Let me at it!
Ready to go? We’re launching a whole new website over at Construct.net. It’s still a work in progress, but we’ll be updating it regularly throughout the beta. If you want to jump directly to Construct 3, just click the link below.