Update 1.204 – Signal


Hello, Engineers! 

The new Signal update is here! “Signal” lays the foundation for a new era of Space Engineers. 2024 will be a year of exploration, battle, and survival. This update focuses on our framework for a new standard in player versus environment. 

Signal adds new choices to your creative arsenal with new blocks, specifically created for this occasion. With this new set of blocks, your remote automation can act with an entirely new level of autonomy. Where the wildly popular “Automatons” update added remote mining operations, automated drones, welding assistants and so much more, “Signal” empowers these systems to communicate! Reactive updates, straight-to-chat, as well as complex systems communicating over multiple ships, stations, or any combination are now possible! 

Get live chat updates from your remote satellite array, mining drone fleet, or automated defense sentinels in Signal!

Please join us in 2024 as we explore Space Engineers like never before. We can’t wait to see what you create!   

Free Content

Broadcast Controller (1 block, S + L grid)

The Broadcast Controller transmits custom messages to players using the chat window.

Action Relay (1 block, S + L grid)

Action Relay blocks, in conjunction with Antennas, can remotely trigger actions on other Action Relay blocks on other grids using the corresponding channel.

Additional Round Armor Panels (4 blocks, L grid + 4 blocks, S grid)

More armor panels to provide structure and decoration.

Compact Antenna (1 block, L grid)

A more compact version of the Antenna. For all your radio communication needs.

New Red Ship Starting Scenario

A modern remake of the classic Red Ship scenario. This updated and modernized scenario features the latest build of the classic “Red Ship” as well as a host of other improvements.

Death and Respawn Improvements

When you die, you’ll know why!

Cargo Container Destruction improvements

To increase performance, destroyed cargo containers will now leave behind a temporary crate containing all of the destroyed container’s contents. In addition, all non-unique items will now be stacked.

Reload indicators for static weapons

We have added reload indicators to static grid weapons, on your hotbar, to make it easier to see when your weapons are ready to fire. You will also hear a “click” while you try to shoot your weapons if reloading has not yet been completed.

NPC Grid Claiming

Grids stolen from NPCs will need to be claimed to prevent them from despawning. Claiming an NPC grid will transfer all of the grid’s PCU to you. Note that you’ll still need to hack blocks to gain access and ownership!

New World screen

We have refreshed the new world screen with an updated and modernized version. This new world screen is being rolled out on PC, Xbox, and Windows stores. We expect to launch this feature on PlayStation as well, in an upcoming update.

QOL Change – Grinding Components to Scrap

We have added a warning when some block components are about to be destroyed/turned to scrap when you grind a block.

Adjustment to Tree collisions

(F1) Help menu changes to improve ease of use

More QOL Changes:

  • Non-unique items can be stacked in the inventory.
  • Block info/stats Improvements (charge efficiency, production blocks).
  • Improvements to Cargo Ship flight paths.
  • Improved performance of NPC Grids.
  • Reputation system adjustment.
  • Lightning damage is disabled by default for new Worlds.
  • Disabled scrap item spawning from damaged blocks by default in new Worlds.

PlayStation Optimizations and Improvements 

  • loading times improvements
  • simulation & render performance improvement for First Jump and Frostbite
  • textures are now reloaded after download when using Play Go (playing while downloading the game)
  • fixed intro video stutter
Free DLC Content additions

We are always looking for ways to improve, and that includes adding value to prior releases. During this update, we are adding new content to existing DLCs, those who already own these DLCs will get this content for free, as part of the free update.

Scaffolding (Added to the Deco Pack 3)
(4 blocks, L grid)

More blocks for Deco Pack 3 Scaffolding Set.

Space Engineers Sheet Music (Added to Deluxe Edition)

After the incredible celebration surrounding Space Engineers’ 10-year anniversary, we have decided to release the sheet music for all 9 of the new songs we premiered during the anniversary event. The new music sheets will be included in the Deluxe Edition of Space Engineers.

Space Engineers music was composed by Karel Antonin. He has been cooperating with us for more than 10 years and you can hear his music in all our games. 

Deluxe Edition: https://store.steampowered.com/app/573160/Space_Engineers_Deluxe/

If you already own Deluxe Edition you can find your sheet music here.
Steam Folder \Steam\steamapps\common\SpaceEngineers\DeluxeDLC\SheetMusic

Signal Pack

Similar to our previous major releases, we hope you will take this opportunity to support the continued development of Space Engineers. This DLC pack consists of cosmetic items that enrich your game visually. None of the features in this package provide any advantage to players who purchase this DLC. 

The price of the Signal Pack is $4.99 USD or your regional equivalent. Show your continued support for Space Engineers and check out the Signal Pack.

This package includes:

Truss Set; Pillars, Decoy, Light (7 blocks, L grid + 2 blocks, S grid)

A set of Truss blocks for structure, decoration, and greebling.

Corridor Blocks (8 blocks, L grid)

A set of corridors for all your hallway needs.

Narrow Corridor & Stowage (2 blocks, L grid)

A narrow corridor and some stowage space. Fits well with the Narrow Doors.

Narrow Door (2 blocks, L grid)

Narrow doors to fit your cramped interiors!

Inset Walls Set (6 blocks, L grid)

A set of decorative wall pieces to make your interiors feel more spacious.

Decorative Console Blocks (5 blocks, L grid + 5 blocks, S grid)

Computer consoles for your bridge. “Engineers, to your stations!”

Bay Windows Set (5 blocks, L grid + 4 blocks, S grid)

A set of windows to give your structures a roomy feeling.

Jukebox: 9 Tracks of live orchestra playing Space Engineers Soundtrack

Music from the 10th Anniversary live orchestra concert has been added to the jukebox.

What’s next

We have so much more to explore!

In our next update, 1.205, we are going to go BIG!

  • New resources
  • New end-game blocks
  • We take a deep dive into PVE encounters
  • And we begin exploring exploration

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