Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Space Engineers: Sparks of the Future


SUMMARY:
  • New blocks
    • Hinge Block
    • Small Grid Door
    • 3D Letters
  • Automatic Weather system
  • Sparks of the Future Station
  • Premium content
  • FAQ


Hello, Engineers!

Sparks of the Future explores our fascination with science and science fiction and delivers on that with a vision of hi-tech visuals in the Space Engineers universe.

We are really excited about exploring all of the possibilities this genre opens to us. Sparks of the Future takes us to completely new horizons in block design and stylization. Our goal is to unleash your creative potential, and inspire you to take your creations to a completely new level!

Whether it's a vibrant high-tech space station located among an asteroid cluster, a classic sci-fi themed space cafe, or just a cool looking spaceship bristling with Ion thrusters and neon armor - we hope all of this will add to your story in a world of high technology.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnPlscfSS_Q



Free Content


Hinge Block
Ready? Set. Go! Approach complex constructs from a new direction!


Small Grid Door
The small grid door perfectly fits your modest constructions.


3D Letters
Name your spaceships and space stations and nobody will doubt who's the creator.


Automatic Weather System
All Planets with an atmosphere will experience weather in various degrees. The weather depends on the biomes on the planet, so get ready for unexpected showers! Certain types will also affect survival elements like the efficiency of solar panels and wind turbines.
You can find more info on the Automatic Weather here: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2139821766


LCD Rotate Image Function


5 LCD Posters
Cool posters to decorate your Sci-Fi interiors and exteriors! Each of the new posters comes in three variations: Square, Horizontal and Vertical orientation which allows using them in the correct aspect ratio on all types of LCD panels regardless of their placement orientation in the world.


Sparks of the Future Station
“Good news engineer! We have the perfect weekend getaway just for you!”
Explore the Sparks of the Future Station! Sure to impress even the most discerning eye, Sparks of the Future station has everything you need to make the most of your deep space down time.


Enjoy the game with this new scenario. The Sparks of the Future Station showcases new Sci-Fi blocks as premium content. You’ll be able to build with these new blocks only if you are the owner of the DLC. You may play on a server which includes the DLC package. 

Sparks of the Future Station: Extended Edition World is available here: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2140265076


Sparks of the Future 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 to enrich your game visually. You can experience them in the free Sparks of the Future scenario. None of the things in the package brings any advantage to players who purchase this DLC. The price of the Sparks of the Future Pack is $3.99 USD, or your regional Steam equivalent, so if you wish to support us, check out the Sparks of the Future Pack.

The package includes the following items:

Sci-Fi LCD Panels: A truly massive LCD panels for the biggest visual impact.


Neon Tubes: Completely customizable neon tubes.


Sci-Fi Ion Thrusters: Upgraded Sci-Fi Ion thruster and thruster flame.


Sci-Fi Atmospheric Thrusters: Upgraded Sci-Fi atmospheric thrusters.


Sci-Fi Interior Wall: Give your builds an all new, Sci-Fi feel.


Bar Counter: Relax with faction mates at a custom Bar Counter.


Sci-Fi Control Panel: A new, custom, control panel.


Sci-Fi 1-Button Panel: One button panel with customizable LCD.


Sci-Fi 4-Button Panel: Four button panel with customizable LCD’s.


Sci-Fi Sliding Door: Small grid sliding door variation.


Sci-Fi Armor Skin: Update your builds with a new Sci-Fi skin!


2 Neon Armor Skins: The grid has never looked so good! There are two versions of this armor skin: 1 with colorable armor and 1 with colorable neon stripes.



8 new character emotes: “Whatever”, “Yelling”,  “Charge”, “Dance Disco 1”,
“Dance Disco 2”, “Looking around”, “Stretching”, “Come here baby!”


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.


What’s next?


We plan to continue with the development of Space Engineers for both PC and Xbox versions. We plan to align the content between PC and Xbox, so all players on Xbox will have the same content available. Our focus is also on further performance improvements and optimizations on both platforms. 

Frequently Asked Questions


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. All players will be able to interact with the blocks, but only those who own the pack will be able to build them.

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. We bring a lot of free content to all players. This content is usually highly requested by our community.

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!


Many Thanks to the Modding Community!


We are always impressed by the innovation of our modding community! We would like to thank these members of the Space Engineers community for continuing to inspire us through their ideas, suggestions, and hard work.

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 and don’t forget to send us your English CV/resume and cover letter.

Remote collaboration is possible!

 

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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.

24 comments:

  1. Correct Link for the Station: https://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=2140265076

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  2. Marek, when will the game be playable on Ryzen 3XXX again? I understand that consoles provide additional income, and PC gamers may no longer a priority, but it would be very nice to be able to play one of my favourite games again.

    At the moment Space Engineers is unplayable on most Ryzen 3XXX systems due to freezes, and it looks like all the developers are working on XBox. This is so sad.

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    1. Every Space Engineers is important to us, PC or Xbox.

      We are aware of an issue affecting certain Ryzen processors. This is a high priority bug that we are actively working to resolve.

      Our Apologies for the delay and we hope to provide a resolution soon.

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    2. Oh, so that isn't just me? I've stopped playing SE because I have this shiney new monster machine and my game keeps locking up/crashing. I've got a Ryzen 3700X.

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  3. I'm a really big fan of needing to pay $5 CAD to unlock half of every single update since the beta. Really makes me feel like Keen Software House cares about their customers. It's also great how instead of improving performance, fixing bugs, or anything of that nature, Keen decides to release another update with a few blocks and a $5 dlc with another few blocks. These are the updates we all wanted. Thanks.

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    1. For a complete list of bug fixes that are included in this update please see our forum post here: https://forum.keenswh.com/threads/update-1-195-sparks-of-the-future.7404133/

      If you would like to participate, we are currently running a public Multiplayer Test to enhance server performance. You can find all the details here: https://forums.keenswh.com/threads/public-test-server-optimizations.7404072/

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  4. "All paid DLCs are not pay-to-win, but rather cosmetic"
    yeah cockpits are very cosmetic

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    1. We do not have a release schedule for Xbox DLC at this time.

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    1. We do not have a release schedule for Xbox DLC at this time.

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  7. I would like to see weather messing up antenna signals and turret AI.
    Also huge turret nerf would improve gameplay a lot.

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    1. We are always looking for new ways to improve! Feedback from our community has shaped Space Engineers into what it is today. We value your time and appreciate you taking a moment from your day to share your ideas with us.

      If you would like to contribute your ideas on how you feel we can improve Space Engineers please leave us feedback here:
      https://support.keenswh.com/spaceengineers/general

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  8. was mining nerfed and the weather is inside sealed bases???

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    1. We are aware of an issue with mining and working to resolve it as quickly as possible.

      https://support.keenswh.com/spaceengineers/pc/topic/update-1-195-drill-mining-yields-reduced

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  9. It is so sad but you going to release the new DLC for Xbox and still no dedicated services

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    1. Xbox development and our work on dedicated servers (for Xbox) continues. We will provide more information as it becomes available.

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  10. Do you have an guess on when this will be out for the xbox one?

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    1. We do not have a release schedule for DLC on Xbox at this time.

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  11. Is there a ressource for the new hinge blocks' API anywhere?

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    1. If you are interested in modding or would like to ask questions on the topic we have a very active modding community on our official Discord here: https://discord.gg/keenswh

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  12. I'd love to give you my garbage money for these updates if the option is to be presented to the box of Xness, anything i can do to help. I've got a shell that would do nicely with this hing and neon's. Thank you Team for what has been done already!! Side note I see a lot of people are quite rude in the comments, I can imagine that doesn't make the team feel good about the work they have done.((To the Negative Nancy's)) Instead of bashing people how about creating a detailed report and possibly a solution to the problems you may be experiencing, otherwise keep the negativity to ones self.

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    1. Thank you for your support! We hope to have more information on an Xbox DLC release schedule soon.

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