burningcake - please don't discuss removing license protections in C2, it's against the forum rules (for obvious reasons).
I'd point out that 99.4% of all bug reports ever filed for C3 have been closed. For comparison, I found another tool which people occasionally mention on the forums that had a close rate of only 74.8%.
The payment model discussion has been done to death already. I don't want to get in to a full repeat of the entire debate again, but I will point out: leaving users with the version at the end of their subscription isn't really feasible, since software usually needs regular updates to keep working. Stopping updates essentially means your copy of the software is retired until you pay again. Then some bug or compatibility change will break something, and predictably users will accuse us of holding them to ransom over a simple bug fix. So either we end up with lots of angry users complaining about negligent support (and they'd have a point), or we end up maintaining dozens of separate copies of Construct, which we simply don't have the resources to manage. I don't think either way is any better. With a subscription everyone stays on the latest version and we have a way to sustain the on-going maintenance (which is a very substantial part of our jobs, there's a ton of maintenance stuff always going on in the background). Besides, as has been pointed out, it's pretty cheap and well within the range of hobbyists - it's around the price of a basic Netflix subscription. Meanwhile there are other tools out there which charge far more for similar features - occasionally people mention on the forums one tool that is a 5x more expensive subscription!
Thanks for the time you took to answer here.
At first i want to negate your argument of maintaining dozens of versions. you can look at gamemaker. there GM6 GM8 etc. They do have bugs that never have been fixed, so what? nobody cares about this.
You know about the bugs and stuff but you take them because thats how the software is. If you want more fixes and features , you gotta buy gamemaker studio 2 or 1.4 .
So i cannot feel you here.
The next thing is , where you ignored my post : the point of having something on your disk that will work years later . Construct Classic still works and has its charme.
There are mods you can use or use the last official version even years later it still just works.
Why ? Because no strange exporters had to be maintained.
Even C2 will work in years. It got its licsense file protection and when you save the file you can use the engine in years even without internet.
I know you can save a offline version of c3 but i hope you get what i mean, its not the same.
It feels strange and shady to me to be honest.