Is cocos2d-x dead?

Andreas Löw
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The company that developed cocos2d-x seems to only focus on Cocos Creator. The cocos2d-x github repository did not get any updates since 2021. The check-out of the git repository does not work anymore because the links to the sub-repos can't be pulled from github. There are more than 199 pull requests open... and nobody cares about it at all. The download on the cocos homepage requires Python 2 which is also not supported anymore...

Cocos Creator uses a new runtime called Cocos Engine. But is's not designed as a stand-alone game engine. The focus for it is, that the content is created by Cocos Creator and code written in Javascript.

So - from this point of view: Yes, it's dead.

This is quite sad, we've supported cocos2d since 2010 with TexturePacker. In fact, cocos2d was the reason why we've created it in the first place.

But... it's a good game engine that really works well. It has a robust and useful set of features — and it's open source.

The good thing about that is, that there's already an actively developed cocos2d-x fork called Axmol Engine.