I hadn’t truly thought of Kenshi could be getting a sequel. After six years in Steam Early Entry, I imagined builders Lo-Fi Video games would have a look at doing something however reliving that course of another time. However engaged on the unusual sandbox RPG should be fairly enjoyable, as a result of they’ve received themselves in one thing of a jam. Lo-Fi Video games need Kenshi to be the perfect it may be, porting it over to Unreal Engine four. On the similar time, they’re prepping a sequel.
Apprehensive that the replace will considerably stall work on Kenshi 2, the devs are asking: would you like a model new recreation, or a greater model of what you’ve received?
The builders have put collectively a comprehensive Steam update detailing why this trade-off may very well be so extreme. With a transfer to Unreal four, Lo-Fi promise “superb graphics” and “higher efficiency” for comparatively little effort, with fewer engine-specific bugs to fret.
Nonetheless, CEO Chris Hunt reckons this implies much more work within the quick time period than even ranging from scratch on a brand new recreation. Belongings should be reworked into an unfamiliar framework, one they’ve much less management over than Kenshi’s present home-built engine. Modding help might get difficult, however will nonetheless stay a precedence for the workforce.
“Personally I really feel like it could be higher to concentrate on Kenshi 2, which can have thrilling new options, new content material and world to discover and mechanics to play with, moderately than remaking Kenshi 1, which might be primarily the identical recreation.”
To that finish, Lo-Fi have arrange a Straw Poll, letting the neighborhood determine what they need subsequent from Kenshi. If the followers vote for Kenshi 2, the primary recreation will obtain bug fixes however largely stay as-is. In any other case, the sequel will sit on the shelf as work continues on porting Kenshi to a brand new engine.
Regardless of it’s brutal weirdness, Alec fell in love with Kenshi in his review. It’s an open-ended mess, and all the higher for it. Would you need Kenshi stripped of its uniquely ugly attraction in an Unreal replace? How can a sequel broaden on a recreation the place constructing an empire is simply as seemingly as ravenous within the desert?
I suppose that’s what the ballot is for, actually.