Nobody is "locked out" of their projects. When your subscription expires, it will be the same as opening a project in the free edition of C2. You can still open it and run it, you can see your events, open sprites and extract your artwork and animations, and even preview it to play it. The main thing you can't do is edit it or export it. You can see exactly how it works by opening Kiwi Story in the free edition of C3. It exceeds the free edition limits but you can still look around the project, access all the artwork and assets, and preview it. Your own projects would work similarly if your subscription was not renewed.
I think people talking about being "locked out" or "holding projects hostage" are deliberately trying to make it sound worse than it is. It's the same as going back to the free edition of C2.
Not being able to work on it = Locked out
You can look at it, but not do much of anything else
It's like being in a cell, you can still look what's beyond the bars, but you are still behind them.
Stop trying to make it look like it isn't so, because it quite obviously is exactly that
I guess the only plus of the free edition is the showing part - being able to show off construct3 and how awesome it is
Look I know you wont listen to any petitions and probably lock all of these petition threads eventually. But at least I want to state why subscriptions suck for game development - especially for freelancers and indie devs. I think your claim of not locking developers out is just misleading- developers develop, they wont have much use in just opening a project they worked on if they cant edit it.
It benefits only scirra to use the projects to show off the engine and help you improve it.
Specifically construct3's subscription is designed in that way.
Some other game engine subscriptions dont have these restrictions. Instead the exporter stops working for some platforms and also lose access to the latest and greatest (stencyl's) , but still having at least one for testing. So the dev can still work on it even when it runs out - but they still have the motivation to buy it when the have to export the game to a target platform.
Added to that I think construct3's sub deal is actually pretty bad compared to other sub deals out there, but hey it's just my opinion.
I might look like I am pulling this claim out of my robot behind, but it really looks that way once you look at the other game engines.
I stopped posting links, because I found that gets a thread locked and me warned, so use google damnit
I dont like the deal, it's a bad deal. If it was less restrictive like stencyl's - i would probably give c3 a good chance