Thursday, March 19, 2020

Space Engineers: New Planet Triton, Visual Scripting Tool Overhaul & Frostbite Pack

SUMMARY:
  • New Planet: Triton
  • Visual Scripting Tool update
  • Frostbite Pack (Premium)
  • Xbox News - release April 15
  • Optimizations + Improved Controller Support for PC Version
  • FAQs


Hello, Engineers!

Here we go with the first major update of 2020, I hope you’ll enjoy it.

What will you find in this update?



Free Content

Visual Scripting Tool overhaul

This is the first overhaul of the Visual Scripting Tool since March, 2016. VST is used to create scripted scenarios like our The First Jump or Frostbite. It is provided to our players to allow them create their own campaigns, stories and more complex experience than it is possible with modding and programmable blocks.

This tool’s UI has been redone and major bugs in Visual Scripting Tool, as well as the scripting engine, have been fixed. Additionally, there have been many user-friendly and quality of life features that have been added, such as the start workspace, run scenario from the editor, and migration to WPF. Lastly, there have been stability and reliability improvements, plus a splash screen and new icons have been added.



Start workspace

To make your decision easier when starting the tool, we created dialog called Start workspace. It contains the most used ways how to create or load visual scripting project and it does all settings for you.



Usability
  • Run scenario directly from VST
  • Undo / Redo
  • UI preventing you to create invalid script
  • Strong connection type compatibility check
  • Graph ported to WPF, dragging and zooming performance improvements
  • Keyboard shortcuts for all nodes
  • New Delay node
  • Local communication with running game
    • World outliner
    • Relevant suggested entity names, triggers and IDs
  • Right click options for nodes
  • Search through all nodes and their properties
  • Improved code viewer with syntax highlight and search function
  • Comment node font, color and size properties
World Outliner
  • Create and delete waypoints from VST
  • Manage their folder structure
  • Set up their visibility and freeze flag
UI changes and improvements
  • New icons
  • Colorized connections by type
  • New splashcreen

We are very excited to see what our community does with this powerful tool!  
You can find full guide on our webpage: https://www.spaceengineersgame.com/visual-scripting-tool.html

Small Hydrogen Tank

The Hydrogen Tank was added in Update 01.105, and we’re pleased to announce that players will now be able to enjoy a small version of this block, the Small Hydrogen Tank.




Triton Planet

A handcrafted planet created for the Space Engineers community, which features a breathtaking snowy and frozen landscape, that players can explore and build across.



   
Scripted Weather Effects

We are very fortunate to have such a creative and driven modding community. We recently had the opportunity to work closely with a member of that community, the incredibly talented Jakaria. The result is Scripted Weather, which you can experience now, in the new Frostbite scenario!

Our new Frostbite mission contains the first Scripted Weather in Space Engineers!

Scripted Weather can be run from the command line. Anyone with creative rights (or Admin) can enable it.
We would love to hear your feedback on Scripted Weather!


The Frostbite Pack

Similar to our previous major releases, we decided to give you an opportunity to support the further development of Space Engineers. We have created a pack which consists of cosmetic items and the Frostbite scenario designed to enrich your game visually. None of the things in the package brings any advantage to players who purchase this DLC. The price of the Frostbite Pack is $3.99 USD, or your regional Steam equivalent, so if you wish to support us, check out the Frostbite Pack

The package includes the following items: 
  • Frostbite Scenario
  • Antenna Dish
  • 6 Dead Engineer Models
  • Gate
  • Offset door
  • Frozen Armor Skin
  • 7 LCD Posters



Frostbite Scenario

You are a member of a salvage crew, which has been tasked by a mysterious client to acquire something extremely valuable (yet unknown) on Triton. Play solo or with up to four players; explore this moon’s frigid landscape and remarkable architecture, and overcome numerous engineering challenges as you uncover this world’s secrets. The scenario gives you several hours of gameplay. Please note, the Frostbite Scenario is in English only.



Dead Engineers
Antenna Dish
Gate
Frozen Armor Skin
Offset Doors
LCD Posters

All the items in the pack are cosmetic only. We’ll be more than happy if you will send us the screenshots of how you used the items from the pack in the game. We will post the most creative ones on our social media.

We’d also like to thank several members of the Space Engineers community, who contributed voice-over recordings for the new Frostbite scenario:

FAQ

Q: Why are you releasing another DLC? 
A: Releasing another DLC gives us the opportunity to explore new ideas and provide more unique content the community wants. We are very excited to present you with the new Frostbite DLC. All players will be able to interact with the blocks, but only those who own the pack will be able to build them. Additionally, all players will have access to the new planet, Triton, but only those who purchase the Frostbite Pack will be able to play the new scenario.

Q: Should we now expect that we will get a new DLC every three months? 
A: Free and paid content releases support the continued development of Space Engineers, as well as bringing new things to the game. All paid DLCs are not pay-to-win, but rather cosmetic. We think this is the right way to bring interesting content to the game and keep the game improving.

Q: Can we expect some special promotions in the future?
A: We are always looking at new ways to bring Space Engineers to a wider audience. Special promotions are good opportunities for this. We have a number of exciting promotions planned for the future, which includes both game and DLC content!


News about the Space Engineers Xbox One Version

The Xbox One version of Space Engineers will be released on April 15th. You can find more information about it in my other blog post, but you can already pre-order the game now and you will get access to the game four days prior to the official release. We are also running the public test in March, so stay tuned for more news!   



How has the Xbox version contributed to the PC version?


PC players will also benefit from the massive optimizations that our team performed on the Xbox version, especially the dedicated server users who are playing in a big world. 

All the optimizations are being released on the PC version in one of the upcoming releases.

Here are some interesting numbers I’d like to share with you.

Before optimizations - The graph shows the measurements for campaign Mission 3 - Ruined Camp, on old Xbox on original (unoptimized) code version. The green line represents the sim speed 1.0. 
After optimizations - The above graph from the same campaign on the same Xbox kit, but running on an optimized code version. The game runs more than 5 times faster than before. This was possible thanks to enormous work by our team who did an awesome job!


Merchandising

We would like to remind you that our fantastic Space Engineers merchandise is available at the Keen Software House E-shop

Our shop has many designs to choose from and it’s easy to use.



What’s next?

We plan to release the Xbox One version of the game and then continue with major updates for the PC version of Space Engineers.

If you enjoy this update, please consider writing a review.

Looking at our upcoming plans, our main focus is going to be the Xbox One version of Space Engineers.

If you want to let me know your feedback please get in touch via my personal email address marek.rosa@keenswh.com, or use our Keen Software House support site. I welcome all of the feedback we receive and we will use it to learn and provide better services to our players.


Hiring

If you’re interested in working on awesome games like Space Engineers, we’d love to hear from you!
Check out the open positions at Keen Software House here: https://www.keenswh.com/jobs.html and don’t forget to send us your English CV/resume and cover letter.

Please note: while we prefer candidates who are able to live and work in Prague, Czech Republic, we are open to working remotely with candidates who are applying for senior positions.



Thank you for reading this blog!

Best,
Marek Rosa
CEO, Creative Director, Founder at Keen Software House
CEO, CTO, Founder at GoodAI

For more news:
Space Engineers: www.SpaceEngineersGame.com
Keen Software House: www.keenswh.com
Medieval Engineers: www.MedievalEngineers.com
GoodAI: www.GoodAI.com
General AI Challenge: www.General-AI-Challenge.org


Personal bio:
Marek Rosa is the CEO and CTO of GoodAI, a general artificial intelligence R&D company, and the CEO and founder of Keen Software House, an independent game development studio best known for its best-seller Space Engineers (4 million copies sold). Both companies are based in Prague, Czech Republic.

Marek has been interested in artificial intelligence since childhood. He started his career as a programmer but later transitioned to a leadership role. After the success of the Keen Software House titles, Marek was able to personally fund GoodAI, his new general AI research company building human-level artificial intelligence.

GoodAI started in January 2014 and has over 30 research scientists, engineers, and consultants working across its Research and Applied teams.

At this time, Marek is developing Space Engineers, as well as leading daily research and development on recursive self-improvement based general AI architecture - Badger.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Medieval Engineers - Update & Leaving Early Access


SUMMARY:
  • Medieval Engineers News 
  • Current Update  
  • Leaving Early Access 
  • FAQ


Hello, Engineers!

Today’s blog post is about the status of Medieval Engineers.

Coming back to where it all began, Medieval Engineers was our fourth project. We kicked it off at the beginning of 2014 and we announced the project in January 2015. We established a dedicated team, working in parallel to the Space Engineers team.

Medieval Engineers was quickly presented with the Czech Game of the Year 2014
Technical Contribution Award, mainly due to its volumetric environment and structural integrity.


Our goal was to create a game inspired by real medieval technology and the way people built architectural works and mechanical equipment using it. The game brought three major upgrades to our VRAGE engine: structural integrity, natural landscapes, and physics based rendering and it also gave us an opportunity to experiment with many things.


We haven’t released a major update since February 2019. The reason for this decision was that we changed the focus of the Keen Software House team. We have restructured the team, focused on moving Space Engineers out of Early Access, then on the development of Space Engineers for Xbox One, and the continual support and upgrades for Space Engineers.

We re-evaluated the Medieval Engineers project and, looking at the numbers, we have decided to end development on this title and release the game out of Early Access.

Today, we are releasing an update, which will address some critical game bugs. For example, world chunking issues. We want to stabilize the game and get it to a more playable state.

What will you find in this update? This release fixes a problem with grids disappearing from the world, as well as several game crashes you experienced during gameplay.

With this release, we are reducing the price to 9.99 USD, or your regional Steam equivalent. Over the coming weeks, everyone who owns the base version of Medieval Engineers will receive the Deluxe version, for free.

FAQ

Q: Why are you releasing this update now?
A: We were planning this update for quite a long time, but as we restructured our team, we simply did not find the right time to put it all together for the release.

Q: Are you coming back to Medieval Engineers? In other words, should we expect more updates in the upcoming months?
A:
We have decided to focus on one project at a time. Our immediate focus is Space Engineers for PC and our upcoming release of Space Engineers for Xbox. We do not currently plan further major updates for Medieval Engineers. Medieval Engineers has been a great project for us.

Q: So what is happening with the game?
A: I feel that the Medieval Engineers fulfilled all the plans we had at the beginning. I understand that some players may feel that the game has a greater, unrealized, potential. For us, Medieval Engineers is a successful project which helped to shape our games and our team.

Q: I am not happy that you stopped developing Medieval Engineers
A: For us, Medieval Engineers is a complete project. We are sorry that we cannot continue development. Do not hesitate to reach out to us at support@keenswh.com.

What’s next?

Our team continues to work on our priorities, which is Space Engineers, and more immediately, the Xbox One release. We would like for us to keep game development fun, motivational, and challenging. Focusing on a single project ensures that we provide the best game possible.

I would like to thank all of our team members who worked on Medieval Engineers. It was a great journey and we all learned a lot from it!

If you want to let me know your feedback, please get in touch via my personal email address marek.rosa@keenswh.com, or use our Keen Software House support site. I welcome all of the feedback we receive and we will use it to learn and provide better services to our players.

Thank you for reading this blog!

Best,
Marek Rosa
CEO, Creative Director, Founder at Keen Software House
CEO, CTO, Founder at GoodAI

For more news:
Space Engineers: www.SpaceEngineersGame.com
Keen Software House: www.keenswh.com
Medieval Engineers: www.MedievalEngineers.com
GoodAI: www.GoodAI.com
General AI Challenge: www.General-AI-Challenge.org


Personal bio:
Marek Rosa is the CEO and CTO of GoodAI, a general artificial intelligence R&D company, and the CEO and founder of Keen Software House, an independent game development studio best known for its best-seller Space Engineers (4 million copies sold). Both companies are based in Prague, Czech Republic.

Marek has been interested in artificial intelligence since childhood. He started his career as a programmer but later transitioned to a leadership role. After the success of the Keen Software House titles, Marek was able to personally fund GoodAI, his new general AI research company building human-level artificial intelligence.

GoodAI started in January 2014 and has over 30 research scientists, engineers, and consultants working across its Research and Applied teams.


At this time, Marek is developing Space Engineers, as well as leading daily research and development on recursive self-improvement based general AI architecture - Badger.

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Space Engineers: Xbox Release Date & Pre-orders


SUMMARY:
  • Space Engineers for Xbox release planned for April 15th
  • Pre-orders start today! 
  • Get 3 premium skins, access to beta and the game 4 days before everyone else!
  • What’s inside the Xbox version?
  • How has the Xbox version contributed to the PC version?


Hello, Engineers!

Finally, after 5 years in development, the wait is over!

  • 4 Million copies sold
  • 90% positive reviews on Steam
  • Over 100.000 Workshop creations

Starting today, you can pre-order Space Engineers for Xbox!

Space Engineers will be released on Xbox on April 15th!

The game in pre-order is available in two packages, so you can choose which one you like more.


The Pre-order Packages


Space Engineers Ultimate Edition 2019 ($29.99 USD)
- PRE-ORDER HERE

The Space Engineers Ultimate Edition 2019 includes all of the DLCs for Space Engineers, all the decorative blocks and cosmetic items released in 2019.

By pre-ordering the Space Engineers Ultimate Edition 2019 you will unlock 3 premium skins and you will get the game four days earlier before release. You will also get priority access to the closed beta in March 2020.

Space Engineers Base Version ($19.99 USD) - PRE-ORDER HERE

By pre-ordering the Space Engineers Base Version you will unlock 3 premium skins and you will get the game four days earlier before release. You will also get priority access to the closed beta in March 2020.

Digital pre-order bonus skins:
  • Veteran Mark II
  • NextGen
  • Aviator
 

What’s inside the Xbox version?


We strived to bring all of the key features from the PC version to the Xbox. 
However, these are the main differences:
  • Multi-player
    • A host on Xbox One and Xbox One S will support 2 player multiplayer (lobby)
      1 host + 1 client
    • A host on Xbox One X will support 4 player multiplayer (lobby)
      1 host + 3 clients
    • No dedicated servers
    • (*we are looking into the possibility of supporting dedicated servers in the future)
  • Graphics
    • Xbox One X has a higher graphic setting (higher textures, better models, improved post processing) than Xbox One S.  
  • Features
    • Only a safe mode on Xbox (experimental features are not enabled on Xbox)
    • Mods are not supported (e.g. scripts, textures, blocks, animations)
    • Programmable blocks are not supported
    • Workshop (worlds, blueprints) is supported via in-game integration with Mod.io and is used for safe-mode worlds and blueprints (it is possible to share creations from PC to XB and vice versa)
  • Scenarios 
    • Third party scenarios are not supported
    • Official supported scenarios: First Jump, Learning to Survive & Never Surrender
    • Not supported: Lost Colony
We are looking into bringing more major updates and DLCs to the Xbox One version of Space Engineers in the near future.


Performance Notes


The performance depends on the complexity of your world and which type of Xbox you’re playing on. Simple worlds run smoothly on Xbox One and Xbox One S, but a more complex world with rich object interactions could present some performance issues on the Xbox One X.

How has the Xbox version contributed to the PC version?


PC players will also benefit
from the massive optimizations that our team performed on the Xbox version, especially the dedicated server users who are playing in a big world. 

All the optimizations are being released on the PC version in one of the upcoming releases.

Here are some interesting numbers I’d like to share with you.

Before optimizations - The graph shows the measurements for campaign Mission 3 - Ruined Camp, on old Xbox on original (unoptimized) code version. The green line represents the sim speed 1.0. 
After optimizations - The above graph from the same campaign on the same Xbox kit, but running on an optimized code version. The game runs more than 5 times faster than before. This was possible thanks to enormous work by our team who did an awesome job!


Follow our social media to get the latest news! 



If you want to let me know your feedback, please get in touch via my personal email address marek.rosa@keenswh.com, or use our Keen Software House support site. I welcome all of the feedback we receive and we will use it to learn and provide better services to our players.

Thank you for reading this blog!

Best,
Marek Rosa
CEO, Creative Director, Founder at Keen Software House
CEO, CTO, Founder at GoodAI

For more news:
Space Engineers: www.SpaceEngineersGame.com
Keen Software House: www.keenswh.com
Medieval Engineers: www.MedievalEngineers.com
GoodAI: www.GoodAI.com
General AI Challenge: www.General-AI-Challenge.org


Personal bio:
Marek Rosa is the CEO and CTO of GoodAI, a general artificial intelligence R&D company, and the CEO and founder of Keen Software House, an independent game development studio best known for its best-seller Space Engineers (4 million copies sold). Both companies are based in Prague, Czech Republic.

Marek has been interested in artificial intelligence since childhood. He started his career as a programmer but later transitioned to a leadership role. After the success of the Keen Software House titles, Marek was able to personally fund GoodAI, his new general AI research company building human-level artificial intelligence.

GoodAI started in January 2014 and has over 30 research scientists, engineers, and consultants working across its Research and Applied teams.


At this time, Marek is developing both Space Engineers and Medieval Engineers, as well as leading daily research and development on recursive self-improvement based general AI architecture - Badger.