This is a more detailed summary of the multiplayer update that we just released in Medieval Engineers and an insight of what are we working on right now and what you should expect in the near future.
The multiplayer for Medieval Engineers has been just released. We have been working on it for the last few weeks and we believe that it is in a good shape – it works in creative mode and in survival mode. We are also expecting that the player base is going to increase significantly – this is what our experience tells us when multiplayer was added in Space Engineers (which got only creative mode multiplayer on its first iteration).
I want to clarify that this is still not the new multiplayer layer (based on Raknet) that we have been working on lately (Ondrej has described it in the previous blog post), but the same version of multiplayer that’s used in Space Engineers. We still need more time to work on this new version. However we thought that it is a good idea to add multiplayer to Medieval Engineers now since it’s more fun when you play with your friends and also because many of you have been asking for it for a long time! It supports all the features that are now in the game, in both Creative and Survival modes, building and destruction, structural integrity, mechanical parts, blueprints, mods, synchronized daytime and AI characters (barbarians, peasants and deer). In more simple words, you can do everything that is possible now in the single-player but with your friends.
The game’s development is progressing in a good pace. We have implemented enough blocks already in the game so you can build any kind of creations you desire. Our programmers are focusing more on the survival mode and you should expect more survival based features in the upcoming weeks. Some of the most important are a battle system, melee fight, etc… Stay tuned!
Lastly, our team keeps expanding. We have some more programmers starting this week and more are expected to come during this month (we still have various open positions in case you or any of your friends are interested in joining our team – http://www.keenswh.com/jobs.html).
We are also planning to move (again :-)) into a new and much bigger office during the summer.