Huge ol’ mining sandbox Hydroneer has gotten… considerably greater. The discharge of the two.0 up to date in the present day, Sunday Could eighth 2022, provides split-screen coop, Steam Distant Play, a whole bunch of latest objects, and an entirely new car system. it additionally provides two new areas to the world. Maybe most spectacular, the replace is an entire rework of Hydroneer’s underlying code, placing it on steadier floor for additional optimization, new gameplay options, and multiplayer.
It is a far cry from the sport that I believed was getting fairly detailed when it was updated to add power and logic systems in 2021. I would not have guessed it’d sooner or later be a sport that allow you to customise your character’s look for multiplayer. I doubt that when our Chris Livingston tried it in 2020 he thought it could come this far.
Hydroneer’s greatest promoting level, for the file, remains to be intact: It is $10 for a sprawling sandbox crafting sport. (30% off till Could fifteenth, even.)
That worth does have one thing to do with why the multiplayer is split-screen cooperative utilizing Steam Distant Play, for the file. “As a result of technical limitations of physics engines, and our dedication to staying indie and never taking over exterior traders, I made a decision the perfect transfer ahead was to make the multiplayer elements of the replace as Steam Distant Play Splitscreen,” mentioned sport creator and Foulball Hangover head Max Hayon. “We have been closely testing this and placing it by its paces and I’m personally very impressed with how far its come since I final used it.”
The brand new world replace is fairly neat, including two new areas, every with their very own dig web site to mine in. Icehelm and Snowrune Falls every have their very own twists, however Icehelm is most attention-grabbing to me: it is a horizontal dig, somewhat than vertical. Icehelm additionally has a pair shops to purchase from, as well.
You’ll find Hydroneer on Steam.