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Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: Action
Developer: Keen Software House

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'Space Engineers' Rolls Out Major Multiplayer Overhaul, New Features And More

by Rainier on July 19, 2018 @ 11:25 a.m. PDT

Space Engineers is a sandbox game about engineering, construction and maintenance of space works. Players build space ships and space stations of various sizes and utilization (civil and military), pilot ships and perform asteroid mining.

Space Engineers is a sandbox game about engineering, construction and maintenance of space works. Players build space ships and space stations of various sizes and utilization (civil and military), pilot ships and perform asteroid mining. Space Engineers utilizes a realistic volumetric-based physics engine: all objects can be assembled, disassembled, damaged and destroyed.

Space Engineers offers a robust platform for creative gamers to build and maintain space stations and ships in a single or multi-player environment. Offering both Survival and Creative modes, as well as resource management, multiplayer, and even combat, the limits of what can be built and played are only bound by the player’s own creativity. 

After six months, Keen Software have released the next major update, which is focusing on the complete overhaul of multiplayer in Space Engineers, and a number of new features and optimizations.

Summary:

  • Massive overhaul of multiplayer in Space Engineers
  • Female engineer!
  • New features (e.g. safe zones) and performance optimizations
  • Dedicated servers
  • New support site for the community 

This was a massive overhaul and that’s why it wasn’t possible to make this update in weekly increments. 

We had to redo major parts of the engine and there was a lot of experimentation - for example changing the prediction protocol on client-server and observing if it’s better for user experience or worse, and many more. Space Engineers has many systems and special care had to be taken for each of them: player character, jetpack, ship, wheeled vehicles, voxels and planets, fast moving objects, deformable entities, antenas, player standing on a moving grid, colliding grids, rotors, pistons, and many many more.

Female Engineer

We are adding the female engineer as a result of our cooperation and feedback from our community, as it was one of the top voted ideas at our feedback portal. You are helping us to make the game better, and this is our way of thanking you for your fantastic suggestions.

Our female engineer was created from scratch, with brand new animations and movements. You can customize her with all of the skins that are currently available for the male engineer.

New Features

This multiplayer overhaul brought many new features. There are many we can mention, but we’d like to highlight the safe-zones, reworked warnings and its UI, new player respawn system, new experimental mode, updated animations, performance optimizations for all blocks to reduce their system usage, updated server lists and dedicated server management and many more!

We welcome all feedback from our community, therefore we have decided to launch a new support portal, where you can find all information and support for all our games in one place. The portal should be a one stop place for all your queries, comments, tickets and questions.


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