February 28, 2019 is the day for all Space Engineers. Today, we are moving Space Engineers out of Early Access. Getting Space Engineers out of Early Access has been planned for a long time. We have worked on it basically since 2016/2017, when the game entered beta. It was our goal to release the game in the state we consider to fulfill our original vision, including all planned features and core game components. Moreover, the game includes a lot of things that were not planned at the beginning of development (solar panels, planets, rotors, pistons, wheels, and many more features).
Space Engineers was one of the first Early Access games on Steam and one of the few titles to be successfully released after several years of passionate development. We keep our promises!
Space Engineers has been in Early Access for 5+ years, and during this period we developed the game from a proof-of-concept to a feature complete space engineering sandbox. We sold more than 3 million copies and we have more than 200,000 monthly active players.
Because Space Engineers development was open, you were able to see what's happening under the hood. Contrary to other products, where you see the final product, but don't see how the project has been developed and changed over time, and what challenges the development team had to overcome.
With this update, we are also setting a new price for Space Engineers to $19.99. According to our analysis and tests, this price better suits the majority of Space Engineers fans. This change also brings all regional prices on Steam to match countries specifications and regional differences.
Marek's blog post: https://blog.marekrosa.org/2019/02/space-engineers-released.html
Full list of features and improvements: https://forum.keenswh.com/threads/7402606