Posts Tagged ‘Miner Wars 2081’

I Will Survive: Space Engineers Adds Survival Mode

Come back! I need you to live!

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 you. There are a number of toggles that you can set, as well as plenty of starting scenarios to launch from, but the basic gist is everything needs energy, and if you don’t have enough of it you’ll die. Better get engineering.
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Hands On With Space Engineers

I am a friendly ship.
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 the kind of offering you might pay for. And it’s a surprisingly slick demonstration of building and destruction. In space.
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Miner Wars 2081 Source Code Made Available To Modders

The best sort of source code is available source code. So it’s splendid news to hear that the developers behind Miner Wars 2081, Keen Software House, have made the code for both the full game and the engine available for all purchasers of the game – although for modding only. So that’s all 360,000 lines of code for you to stare at in bewilderment. Or if you’re not me, to start fiddling with.

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Miner Wars Gets Release Date, Massive Beta Additions

Why are mothership and daddyship fighting?

Yesterday, I said that no one’s really carried Descent’s excellent anti-grav combat forward into a modern game. Now, of course, what IĀ meantĀ to say was the not totally-wrong thing: that Miner Wars 2081 has not only paved over our simplistic notions of “up” and “down” with the fuuuuuture, but it’s also brought in some brilliant-looking features of its own. For instance, fully destructible environments, a persistent procedurally generated universe, and survival elements, among others. And now, finally, it’s adding another fairly key feature to its roster: existence. Next month, Miner Wars will be a real thing. You’ll be able to buy it and everything.

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Major: Miner Wars 2081 Enters Beta, 16-player Co-Op

I'm DESCENDING now.
UPDATE: co-op video below.

The Miner Wars team send word that their game has finally entered beta, and there’s a great big update for everyone who pre-ordered. They’re pretty pleased with the amount of content the space-miner/shooter now offers. They say: “We’ve currently packed in 31 missions, which is about 10-15 hours of straight game play, but could take you much longer considering the free-roaming / sandbox gameplay, in-game editor and multi-player!” That multiplayer includes the capacity to play deathmatch or co-op vs the missions up to sixteen players. (And I believe there’s some MMO aspect of the game planned for the distance future, too.)

I’ve put a video of the most recent gameplay trailer below. It’s come a long way from that asteroid-deforming tech demo!
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Light Speed: Miner Wars 2081 Is All Sped Up

Spaaaaace. Staaaation.
Look, basically, Mine Wars 2081 is one of those games that I am keeping an eye on, but never really seem to get around to focusing on for long enough to do a full preview. We’ll fix that before the sun goes cold, but in the meantime you can have a look at some of the stuff they are up to. For instance, you can build spacecraft, space stations and even asteroids that can then be imported into the game. This means players can build their own sectors of space for their pew-pew and mining activities. The MW2081 team have shown some videos of that (all time-lapsed for your convenience) and they make for some moderately impressive watching.

I’ve put the most impressive one at the top, down there, because you know you are busy.
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Strike While Its Hot: Miner Wars 2081 Demo

I keep forgetting that Miner Wars 2081 exists, usually remembering just after my daily rant to the people on the streets below my apartment. “People liked Descent.” I’ll shout from the window, refastening the sash of my dressing gown as a harsh Mancunian gust threatens to undignify me. “With all this new tech, why isn’t there a freeform game in a similar style but with fully destructible scenery?” Usually people are so gobsmacked by the question they forget to holler back, “Miner Wars 2081 is such a thing.” Jim has already played an alpha version and now there’s a public demo containing the first story mission. There’s a video of that mission below, although it might be best to play it first unless you hate surprises.

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