Introducing GameMaker Studio 2

Gavin Smart
2nd November 2016
GameMaker News

It's here! We're very proud to officially announce GameMaker Studio 2, the next evolution of our flagship game development tool. Studio 2 is not just a new version of GameMaker: Studio, it has been rewritten from the ground up to improve and expand upon the foundation laid by its predecessor. A whole new codebase, a whole new UI, a whole new GameMaker!


Check out this playlist of feature videos for a breakdown of some of the most exciting new features:   

Click here now for a tour of GameMaker Studio 2's new features.


Rather than purchasing modules, you will be able to purchase stand alone licenses for GameMaker Studio 2 on a per platform basis. For example, if you are only developing for web, you only ever need to purchase a web license.

At launch, a GameMaker Studio 2 desktop license (allowing export to Windows, Linux and Mac) will be available for a one time purchase of $99.99*

A Trial version of GameMaker Studio 2 will be available for free, to allow you to explore all of the new innovations on offer. The Trial version will come with limitations on the number of resources a single project can hold and does not allow exporting final executables.


Yes you can - for a limited time existing Professional users and module holders will get 40% off the equivalent Studio 2 product and Master Collection users will get 50% off each product. Please visit this page for more information.


At launch, the IDE itself will initially run only on Windows, a Mac version will be entering beta in the near future. For a full list of system requirements consult this page.


Glad you asked! Our public Beta test officially starts today!

In order to sign up and get your hands on GameMaker Studio 2 for a first look follow this Guide.

The beta initially has a limited number of available slots that will be increasing over time. If there are no slots available, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to be alerted when new places open up!

We hope to see lots of you trying out the Beta and we can't wait to hear your thoughts on GameMaker Studio 2! Keep an eye on our social accounts for more information as the beta continues.

-YoYo Games

*All prices are prospective and may be subject to change before launch.

Written by Gavin Smart
Senior Project Manager Gavin uses his years of industry experience to oversee the direction of GameMaker. He enjoys climbing and snowboarding, and has filled out the GameMaker offices with tons of fun board games.
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