Space simulation game Space Engineers overhauls industry with over 100 new parts

Mining ships approach an asteroid station in simulation game space engineers

Space simulation game Space Engineers is getting a new lease of life as the developers overhaul essential gameplay mechanics. Back in April, the space game received improved infantry combat via the 1.198 update and the Field Engineers DLC pack. Now the 1.199 update and Heavy Industry add-on is here to give industry some TLC.

Like Field Engineers, Heavy Industry is a cosmetic-focused pack that simply offers variants of alternate styles and sizes for existing content. If you’re feeling like you want a cylindrical column, some old-school looking beam blocks, or a big red button, then for $3.99 / £2.89 you can treat yourself to some funky reskins to kit out your designs.

Looking at the free update, there’s a bunch of new content aimed at improving the industrial process, with 64 new armour blocks, a small grid merge block, new magnetic plates, and the default behaviours of parking brakes and power toggles have been changed. There’s also a new scenario, which gives you a ready-made base to explore either the planet below or the space around you, fully fitted with manufacturing facilities and featuring all of the new content featured in both the update and the expansion pack.

Here’s the trailer for the Heavy Industry DLC and patch:

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While Keen Software House CEO Marek Rosa wasn’t forthcoming on specifically what would be next for Space Engineers – or even if three months was the new cadence for update – he did say in a previous update that there would be at least one more warfare-themed update, as April’s content drop was only the first pass on combat.

Space Engineers is one of the earliest Early Access games to hit Steam’s pre-release program, finally releasing into 1.0 in 2019. While the original premise was about harvesting asteroids and building spaceships, the game has since expanded to add in more exploration elements, even adding in planets that you can land on and explore.

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Space Engineers: Heavy Industry is available on PC via Steam right now, along with the 1.119 update.

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