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Space Engineers

2 months ago

Space Engineers overhauls multiplayer, improves performance, adds women

Popular sci-fi construction sandbox Space Engineers has always been fun to play solo, but multiplayer with more than a handful of players was a frequently miserable, laggy experience until today. Developers Keen Software reckon that with today's patch - update 1.187 - they've finally cracked it. They've even snuck in a few new features, such as multiplayer safe-zones (where you can't wantonly break stuff or…

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8 months ago

Space Engineers overhauls visuals, wheels, and sound

The best thing about video games, experts agree, is particle effects that spray, ping, spang, billow, and zbloom all over the place. Crafty space sandbox Space Engineers has recognised this in its latest big early access update, adding a new particle system which showers sparks, glimmers, and clouds all over the place. As it right and good. The update also spruces up the game's looks…

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2 years ago

Make it sorta: Space Engineers warps into beta status

Space Engineers [official site] is still in early access but has now officially reached beta status. I believe means Keen's software rocket is still risky enough that they wouldn't send humans up but if a few monkeys explode in the name of progress, so be it. Perhaps one such monkey is you. The update blasting the space craft-o-build-a-sandbox into beta has brought new multiplayer netcode,…

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3 years ago

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Space Engineers Dev Diary Explains Landing On Planets

Last month, Keen Software House added planets and moons to their Early Access intergalactic sandbox adventure Space Engineers [official site] as "a result of some early access player feedback". In what Keen's founder Marek Rosa labels a "game-changing feature", players can now manipulate the landscape as they see fit - leaving behind a persistent footprint in their wake. In a new developer diary, Rosa explains…

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Intergalactic Planetary: Space Engineers Adds Planets

As well as trying to trap a brain inside a computer, Keen Software House want to squeeze the whole dang universe into one too. Their latest Early Access update to Space Engineers [official site] last night added diddy 'planets' and moons to its sandbox space, so you can now leap off your spaceship and plummet all the way down onto a planetoid, if that's a…

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You Wot? Space Engineers Devs Making Artificial Brain

Of all the fanciful claims made of video game technology, my favourite has always been neural nets and artificial brains. Imagine if video game men were alive! Your soldiers would learn from battle! They'd write letters to their virtual families - which you can read! Gasp as the life leaves their little digital eyes, and wonder what they believe comes next! Oh, it's always a…

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Space Engineers Shares Source Code

145,000 lines of code got the Apollo Mission to the Moon, or so The Internet tells me. It takes a fair few more than that to crash a spaceshark into Space Station Homer's crotch. Don't believe me? Fine, go count the lines yourself. Space Engineers [official site] developers Keen Software House are giving people access to their sandbox space sim's source code, letting folks tinker…

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Medieval Engineers Early Access Adds Multiplayer

It was only when Marsh prematurely evaluated all over Medieval Engineers [official site] that I realised its initial Steam Early Access launch lacked multiplayer. I'm inattentive, me. But developers Keen Software House (them lot also behind Space Engineers) had shown multiplayer in its trailers and screenshots and I'd blithely assumed... that doesn't matter now. Multiplayer arrived in the castle-building/smashing sandbox yesterday for both its creative…

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4 years ago

Space Engineers Devs Announce Medieval Engineers

While Space Engineers is still in Early Access, developers Keen Software House are looking for more engineering opportunities. Today they announced Medieval Engineers. Given that I used to cheekily describe Space Engineers as "a Minecraftbut in space," I don't know where this leaves me. Medieval engineers in their leather aprons will dig and landscape, of course, but it'll also have mechanical gadgets, and physics-based building…

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Hack The Galaxy! Space Engineers’ Programmable Blocks

Even as a casual observer of the genre, I get excited when sandbox block 'em ups add programmable bits. Some of Minecraft's redstone devices are staggering in their scale and mechanical complexity, and I suspect we'll see some awfully clever things in Space Engineers. An update last week added programmable blocks which are properly programmable, running C# code, which I imagine will power all sorts…

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Space Engineers Fishes For Community Ships

Space Engineers. I haven't been back since I accidentally broke Craig's space shark and sent a gigantic Han Solo hurtling into the distant reaches of space but there are now exploration-based plans afoot. The plans talk a lot about ships and stations in the game. Marek Rosa of developers Keen Software House said in a blog post earlier in December, "The exploration feature will add…

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The Lighthouse Customer: Space Engineers (Survival Mode)

Each Monday, Chris Livingston visits an early access game and reports back with stories about whatever he finds inside. This week, space-based gathering, crafting, and dying in Space Engineers' new survival mode. There's a large red and white spaceship, its front end crumpled after what must have been a spectacular nosedive. There's a tiny yellow space engineer inspecting the wreck, armed with only a handful…

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5 years ago

I Will Survive: Space Engineers Adds Survival Mode

I have seen things in Space Engineers, readers. Horrible, crotch-related things. I got so wrapped up in seeing those things that I didn't actually notice if there was any sort of game in there. Now I'm fine with pure building and messing about being considered gaming, but if you absolutely insist on there being some drama then the newly released Survival mode might be for…

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Worlds Of Wonder: The Space Engineers Steam Workshop

I wanted to know what state Space Engineers was in, because it's been a few months since I last tried it out and it was already pretty impressive back then. How much could a game about building space ships and flying them change in a few months? Well, on my first playthrough I was slinging ships across the void, watching as they met and crumpled…

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Hands On With Space Engineers

There's not a lot to do in Space Engineers, but this is the first Early Access game I've played in a while that works, and, well, isn't completely broken. In fact, it's given me a bit of hope: the content is light, and it has crashed a few times, but it doesn't feel like a game being held together by good intentions and hope. It's…

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Start Your Engines: Space Engineers On Early Access

Do you want to be an engineer? I can understand if you don't really feel like it's your cup of tea - especially if you'd rather be a professional tea brewer. But what about a space engineer? Well of course you're saying yes now. Space makes everything better, except breathing. Happily, Space Engineers would rather suck the life from your lungs via the good old-fashioned method: time.…

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Space Engineers ‘Crash Test’ Footage Looks Smashing

Oh Space Engineers, let me count the ways. For one, you're a hyper-ambitious extraterrestrial builder rooted in near-future NASA technology, but also, you're not going to Kickstarter. Not that I have anything against crowdfunding drives per se, but it's nice when a game doesn't thrust its clanking cup in our direction from time-to-time. But yes, the game looks quite excellent, with a physics engine that takes…

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Space Engineers Are The Best Engineers

I reckon I'd be happy to do most things in space. Things that I'd normally consider to be chores or hard labour would become pleasurable, at least for a while, which is probably why Space Engineers makes welding, joining and glazing seem like the best jobs in the world. It looks superb, as you'll see in the video below, but don't just rely on images.…

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