It’s been almost two months since the release of Miner Wars 2081, and we’ve gotten news of a new patch releasing on Steam. The patch, adding offline single player, some optimizations and bug fixes, and two free add-ons, should be available for download some time today. Along with the patch, the developers (Keen Software House) also took the time to address a few issues and concerns which you can see further down this article. Here are the patch details:
1. Offline single-player for Steam version of Miner Wars 2081 – in other words, now you don’t have to be connected to internet and logged into our servers to play the campaign.
2. Optimizations and bug fixes, more info: http://www.minerwars.com/CurrentBuildFeatures.aspx
3. Two new add-ons available for free as part of Miner Wars 2081 installation:
- Cheats – infinite ammo, immortality, skip to any mission, and more (Ctrl+F1 in game)
- 2.5D Experiment – multiplayer 2.5D add-on for MW 2081 – available as a set of 2.5D death-match maps (all 2.5D sectors have 2.5D as a prefix)
We want to address an important issue many players have reported – low FPS (bad performance) even on computers that should run the game smoothly. After some investigation we have found the cause – it happens on some computers that have one integrated GPU (graphic card) and one external and more powerful GPU. Expected behavior in this case is that driver/OS switches to the more powerful GPU once Miner Wars 2081 is launched and game runs smoothly. Due to unknown reasons, this doesn’t happen on certain systems. We are working on a fail-safe solution – until then please do the following: disable integrated GPU or check our trouble shooting page: http://www.minerwars.com/Troubleshooting.aspx
Another issue that needs our response is the accusation of censorship about DRM in Miner Wars. I believe this happened after we deleted one offensive and untruthful post on our Youtube channel. We have deleted posts for reasons that were not related to DRM. If we did delete any comment on our forum, it’s only in extreme cases and I know that we deleted only a handful of comments in the whole history of Miner Wars.
I can assure everyone that we are not censoring posts, if those posts don’t substantially break discussion rules. We are definitely not censoring posts that say “This game has DRM” – proof at our Steam forum which is full of these discussions and we didn’t mind them: http://steamcommunity.com/app/223430/discussions/
There is much more to say and I will continue next week on my blog. To everyone who is interested in what we are working on right now – we are rewriting our rendering engine from XNA to DirectX and then we want to optimize it further. Meanwhile, I am working on the design document for our next unannounced project!
Last but not least, I am happy to announce that last week we crossed boundary of 50,000 sales. This number is far more than what we expected. Thank you!
Best Regards, Marek Rosa & The Miner Wars Team www.minerwars.com
About Miner Wars 2081
Miner Wars 2081 is a 6DOF (six degrees of freedom) action-survival space-shooter simulation-game set in the year 2081, 10 years after the destruction of all planetary objects in the Solar System.
You operate an advanced mining ship in a fully destructible and open-world environment, which remains persistent as you complete missions or play online with others. Realism and survival are key aspects of gameplay. Inventory and the way you use resources such as fuel, ammunition, oxygen, ore, and weapons are important when surrounded by dozens of warring factions.
The gameplay is driven by an epic story and offers a choice of single player, co-op, and death-match multi- player. The story will introduce you to many types of missions: rescue, exploration, revenge, base defense, theft, transportation, stealth, search and destroy, pure harvesting, racing, or just flying around and destroying everything you see.
About Keen Software House
Keen Software House is an independent video game development studio founded in 2009 by Marek Rosa. The company focuses on the development of Miner Wars™, the VRAGE™ engine, and other projects yet to be announced.
Motto: “We are passionate gamers who love developing games, and we are committed to making the kinds of games that players crave.”