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This is the 2016 development roadmap for Space Engineers posted on Marek Rosa's blog[1] on January 14, 2016.

  • Multiplayer - polishing, checking design, lag, compensation<
  • Fix all sounds, 3D, arcade / realistic (ask programmers and our sound designer to make a list of all sounds used in the game and then have someone test them all – so that we don’t miss anything)
  • Voxels: data cell cache, storage, optimization, profiling voxel runtime
  • Render fixes (Ambient, environment map / lighting / reflections), occlusion query, ambient + backlight
  • Occlusion culling - blocks / voxels (speed up the rendering)
  • Disable object highlight on LCD screens (it’s annoying)
  • Optimization and fixing the loading screen, and checking if there are worlds that take forever to load while not properly informing the player
    • Fix loading screen issues (e.g. the wheel gets stuck at the end and I can hear the in-game sounds)
  • Red message box – make the background texture less transparent; it’s hard to read text on it
  • Conveyor system optimization
  • Drilling / mining optimization
  • New animation system / caching (speed optimization) / other optimizations
    • Fix ugly animations
    • Add new animations – e.g. holding a weapon
    • Walking over small obstacles doesn't work - the player has to jump over them
    • Jumping and holding the forward-movement key doesn't result in a forward jump, and this doesn't feel right
  • Shooting and weapons
    • A few more new weapons
    • We need much better animations, holding weapons, ammo reload
    • In general, we need a basic FPS experience
  • "saving please wait" - hide this overlay text and do saving asynchronously without bothering the player
  • Why does the game auto-save in multiplayer when I am the client and manual save isn't available?
  • Remembering removed trees on planets
  • Nvidia GameWorks – consider HBAO + Antialiasing (speed up)
  • SE Indication of hydrogen fuel
  • Spectator flash light / night vision
  • Object highlight – outline – finish – also in ME
  • Finish support for scenarios, mission scripts and sub-missions (will need for tutorials)
    • Better support for gradual tutorials (story-based tutorials), submissions
  • Finish building from cockpit
  • Rethink the way of respawning, respawn ships, landing ships, and rethink "mobile tools" (manual assembler – so player can respawn without a ship and still be able to start building)
  • Rag-doll + IK, bullet impact, falling, four legged...
  • Official persistent servers
  • Automated tests for our testers + buy dedicated computers where the game will run 24x7
  • Redo the GUI framework (this doesn’t mean changing graphics; it only means the underlying tech which has become very cluttered over time)
  • Game logic optimizations + oxygen (mostly for MP) + oxygen sensor
  • Add voxel material in survival
  • Improve tutorials
    • Reduce the usage of text panels, deliver the info to the player via context-sensitive screen hints
    • When I launch the first interactive tutorial, I see two things that I shouldn't see – the respawn screen and "you have been accepted to faction"
    • Quickstart will be our interactive tutorial, with minimum text, HUD sub-mission navigation. Its purpose will be to engage the player and not to explain everything that happens in the game.
    • After we add this new tutorial, remove the video tutorial message box
  • Development of Xbox One version