The May 2021 Dyson Sphere Program update won't have much in terms of new content, but there's a good reason for that — Youthcat Studio is making some big improvements to prepare for future updates.
Dyson Sphere Program is a game that's all about building an intergalactic factory. You'll start on a small portion of a single planet, eventually building structures on multiple worlds in your efforts to build a bustling economic empire. The game has seen a fair amount of success on Steam and the devs are looking towards the future, but that's going to require a fair amount of work under the hood first.
What's Coming in the Next Dyson Sphere Program Update?
There's good news and bad news about the next Dyson Sphere Program update. The bad news is that there won't be much new gameplay content. The good news, however, is that it's laying the foundation for future improvements.
Let's get the new content out of the way: a re-coded construction system will make it easier to allow mass construction of a single building type simply by clicking and dragging. New planet types have gotten concept art (seen above), and players can set colors for different factions. Finally, an early version of the visual leaderboard for the galaxy will be implemented to fulfill one of the game's Kickstarter goals.
As for the tech behind the game, multi-threading will be implemented to better optimize Dyson Sphere Program (especially in the late game where you have a lot of moving parts). Nearly 10,000 lines of code have been rewritten to facilitate future updates and there are other unspecified changes to the game's backend also in the works.
What's the point of all of this? Well, new content detailed in a recent Producer message such as the Assembly Space Module, combat system, Steam Cloud support, and blueprint functions will take some time to develop. The changes made in next month's update will make things easier in the long run and make it easier for Youthcat to release new content in the future.
You can read about all of the changes coming in the next Dyson Sphere Program update in today's Steam Community announcement; this update will arrive sometime in May 2021. If you haven't yet jumped into the game yourself, you can buy it on Steam for just $17.99, a 10% discount that lasts until May 3, 2021.
What do you think about the changes coming in the next Dyson Sphere Program update? Do you think more game developers should take the time to optimize their games, even if it means delaying new gameplay content? Let us know in the comments below!