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Space Engineers launches out of early access with a free weekend

I’ve always admired how Space
Engineers stuck to its guns – while it may have added a
couple small scripted scenarios, it’s still just a game about
building, with no overarching plot. Even as it exits early
access today and launches in full, Keen Software’s game about
being an astronaut engineer remains a true sandbox. Players
bodge together improvised spacecraft (optionally with
friends) and make their own fun. Whether that fun involves
solitary mining and construction or multiplayer team shooter
scenarios is up to the players. See the launch trailer below.

Today’s launch version of the game is accompanied by a

massive change-log, including an overhaul of Survival
mode plus a boatload of smaller changes, including a lot of
new blocks. There is a new combat scenario called Never
Surrender, which tasks players with defending a small
asteroid outpost against automated drones, but even that is
open-ended.  There’s a new scenario introducing players
to the revised survival mode, where players need to worry
about mining and processing resources, rather than just
popping a spacecraft into existence before your eyes.

The new survival mode features a progression tree to slowly
dole out new kinds of space-tech, and there’s some mention of
new encounters as well. A while back, the game added giant
spiders which were a nasty surprise for players bumbling
around in the most gently paced sandbox modes, and there are
some ‘pirate’ enemies scattered around to fight. It’s not a
completely barren universe, but one where you don’t have to
fight if you don’t feel like it.

Oh, and last but not least, they’ve added ladders back into
the game – an early feature, removed due to being buggy, you
can once more ascend to lofty heights without the use of
ramps or jetpacks.

Space Engineers is out now on Steam and Humble for £12.39/€13.59/$15.99, and is
free to try for the next three days.

Freeman Addico

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