Space Engineers – a voxel-based sandbox game that is set in space and on planets. It was developed by the Czech Republic independent developer Keen Software House and was also published by them. In 2013, the original developmental launch of the game entered the Steam early access program.
Throughout the following years of active development, Space Engineers sold over 1M units. As of 2019, the game has sold a total of 3.5M copies. For approximately a year and a half, in May 2015, the game’s root code was available officially and maintained by KSH to serve the modding community. On the 15th of December 2016, the game entered Beta and was next officially released on the 28th of February 2019.
Back in the previous month’s Gamescom, Microsoft declared that Space Engineers will be arriving at the Xbox One first and will be a console-timed exclusive for a whole year before it can run on other platforms.
Gaming Bolt got in touch with Marek Rose – the founder of Keen Software House, the developer behind Space Engineers.
The timed exclusivity is quite interesting from a business point. Indie developers would apparently like to be on as diverse platforms as possible, mainly with the Play Station 4 selling 10M units which is more than the Xbox One.
We asked Marek Rose the reason for it going console exclusive with Xbox One. Then Marek stated to GamingBolt that – Microsoft was one of the first who expressed their keen interest in Space Engineers. And it also offered their support from the very start of the project.
We believe that this game will fit perfectly with the Xbox One fans since Space Engineers is written in C# / DirectX and porting on Xbox must be easier.
Will we ever be able to see the Space Engineers on the PS4?
They responded as – Our main center now at this moment is only on the development of the PC/Windows and the XBOX ONE version. Notwithstanding that, there are a large number of gamers who are already asking for this to us.
We cannot comment or guarantee anything as of now, but it is something that we might surely consider in the future time, not only for the PlayStation4 console but also for many other platforms as well.