A brand-new Medieval Engineers update has quietly launched with several small changes and a couple of big ones. Not only is the game finally leaving Steam Early Access after more than five years in development — it's also getting a price drop.
If you're unfamiliar with Medieval Engineers, it's a sandbox crafting and building game. Yes, there are boatloads of these kinds of titles, but this one first debuted way back in early 2015. It's been a bit over five years and the developers have announced that it's finally leaving Steam Early Access, although it's not all good news.
"We haven’t released a major update since February 2019," the developers stated. "The reason for this decision was that we changed the focus of the Keen Software House team. We have restructured the team, focused on moving Space Engineers out of Early Access, then on the development of Space Engineers for Xbox One, and the continual support and upgrades for Space Engineers."
This shift to Space Engineers has left the company's thematically-older game a little underserved, but it's finally getting a bit of love — and a neat bonus for existing owners.
New Medieval Engineers Update Has a Bonus for Current Owners
The shift away from Steam Early Access and the bug fixes aren't the only cool things happening for the game today. The developers haven't forgotten about the fans who have supported them over the last five years and are giving current owners a pretty sweet bonus.
"Over the coming weeks, everyone who owns the base version of Medieval Engineers will receive the Deluxe version, for free," stated a portion of the Steam Community announcement.
It's Not All Good News
While Medieval Engineers is a pretty fun game, Keen Software House has to also focus on the numbers — and there's some unfortunate news for Medieval Engineers fans. The numbers simply aren't there to support continued development.
"We have decided to focus on one project at a time," the Steam Community announcement continued. "Our immediate focus is Space Engineers for PC and our upcoming release of Space Engineers for Xbox. We do not currently plan further major updates for Medieval Engineers. Medieval Engineers has been a great project for us."
For now, it seems that this latest Medieval Engineers update may very well be the final one. If you want to experience all of the content the devs have created over the last five years, you can buy the game on Steam at its new, lower price of $9.99 or your regional equivalent.
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