So I have a confession to make, and it’s not easy, but here it is: I’m a geek.
I know, I know. You’re shocked. But it’s the truth. I am a total geek, and not just about video games – I’m also a history nerd. My particular love in the world of history is the British Isles, and my passion runs the gamut from the Norman conquest in 1066 to the death of Elizabeth I in 1602. If it has to do with that region and that time period, it has my attention.
Small wonder, then, that my ears pricked up when I heard about Medieval Engineers.
This PC game is the second engineering title from Keen Software House, a Czech developer who puts their emphasis on creating games which “promote science and encourage creativity.” Medieval Engineers, like its predecessor Space Engineers, is a sandbox game with a focus on construction and engineering. Players will be transported to Europe’s medieval period, where they will build and maintain cities, castles, and fortifications for both. They will also perform landscaping, mine underground for valuable elements, and construct devices and engines. All of these projects will be performed following both the laws of physics and the constraints of history; players will only have access to technologies that were available between the years 400 and 1400.
“We are very curious to see how the Space Engineers community will react to Medieval Engineers and if other communities will also get interested in our new title,” says Marek Rosa, CEO and founder of Keen Software House. “We didn’t want to only keep creating space games. Instead, we wanted to have a game where players can interact with life and nature. By creating a second engineering game, we are also leveraging our existing technology and experience.”
History buffs and engineering enthusiasts should be able to find common ground in Medieval Engineers, which “utilizes a realistic volumetric-based physics engine with a focus on structural integrity.” The integrity of the objects and buildings crafted by the player can be sorely tested, since each one can be not only assembled but disassembled, damaged by combat or carelessness, or even outright destroyed. Gamers will learn more than they ever thought they would about everything that went into the development of long-ago cities and settlements. In addition to the regular game, Medieval Engineers will also include a creative mode and an early prototype of a survival mode.
Currently in alpha testing, Medieval Engineers will be available through Steam Early Access when the time is right. Interested players are encouraged to follow the developers on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to be informed of the launch, and can also get ongoing details from Marek Rosa’s production blog.