Cocos Creator vs Cocos2d-x

Hello Cocos community,

Wondering how many people using Cocos Creator vs Cocos2d-x. Would love to hear who uses what and why.

I use cocos2dx simply because I love to code from scratch without having to deal with editors.
Also my area of interest is c++ and there is no plan as far as I know to allow coding in c++ in cocos creator.
I read some threads of how you can do your scenes in cocos creator with the tools it provide and then export to c++ but it is not an appealing workflow for me. I would have considered using cocos creator if c++ was available “natively”, but I don’t think it is going to happen.

I’m using cocos2d-x also mainly because its C++ support which I’m most interested and experienced in.
Also I can adjust & modify the engine whereas Cocos Creator is closed source (not sure if it still is?)

I have been using Cocos2dx from last 10 years, and recently switched to Creator.
Because of no update to 2dx and my main target platform is mobile so update is needed for latest support.
Switching to TS from C++ was no big deal.
All my own existing native-wrapper is working in Creator so no worry for that.
Also editor gives so much ease to complex UI stuffs and lot of other functionality as well.
You can modify C++ code in Creator though but its not that easy.

I am in the same boat, for most 2D games that indies will make, code will be better than WYSIWYG if you know how to code.

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Definitely that, the community can support Cocos2d-x long after anyone else.

What are the pros and cons in your eyes of using the creator?

From my point of view
pros:

  1. If you are coming from Cocos2dx then basic engine architecture is same, so you dont have to learn from scratch
  2. UI becomes very easy
  3. Asset Bundle is plus point
  4. Widget & SafeArea component makes easy to handle multi-resolution with notch
  5. Simulator gives many inbuilt options
  6. HTML5 output
  7. Add pure JS lib for native as well
  8. You can make small 3D games as well
  9. Still you can modify C++ engine easily
  10. You can modify TS engine as well
  11. Still you can easily add Android/iOS code and communicate directly from TS
  12. If you have old Android/iOS native code then you can reuse the same
  13. You can create multiple build-task for ease.
  14. Prefab is good if you know how to use it to minimal efforts.
  15. Inbuilt Animation component
  16. And much more

cons:

  1. You can modify C++ engine but if you want to add pure C++ lib then its tough (but possible)
  2. You can make extension but its very hard
  3. Cannot use custom macros same as C++
  4. Size of APK increase compare to 2dx if that matters
  5. You wont feel that you have full control of the engine