In an interview for the PC Gaming Present 2023 Preview, Kerbal Area Program 2 inventive director Nate Simpson supplied us the primary particulars on how multiplayer will work within the sequel. It is nonetheless a protracted methods off—KSP2 has an inventory of main options so as to add throughout early entry first—however when multiplayer does lastly arrive, it will not simply be cooperative. Kerbal Area Program’s going to get cutthroat.
OK, probably not—however it can have some type of competitors, paying homage to the rivalry between america and the Soviet Union within the Sixties.
“Multiplayer introduces the idea of companies, so you may work alongside pals inside a single company contributing to a single area program in a approach that is cooperative,” Simpson says. You can even play competitively between companies, every of which is positioned at a special location on Kerbin. With multi-agency play you may have area races. We’re excited to see all the brand new kinds of gameplay that emerge from multiplayer.”
There’s so much we nonetheless do not know right here: what number of gamers might be in multiplayer, for starters, and whether or not we’ll have the ability to play concurrently with pals in an internet session, or if KSP2 shall be a extra passive multiplayer expertise. I might love to have the ability to sync up with a good friend and race rovers over the floor of a brand new planet, however I can think about Kerbal’s complicated physics simulations and time dilation being a nightmare to synchronize.
Will we have the ability to actually launch rockets concurrently and race to the Mun? Will an internet recreation occasion be unique to pals we select to play with, or will we have the ability to create open on-line worlds that pull in colonies and automobiles from different random gamers? It is tantalizing to take a position, nevertheless it seems like Kerbal discussion board member Vl3d—who wrote a post in April that envisioned KSP 2 multiplayer as “a aggressive space-race team-based persistent-world MMO with inter-agency contracts and commerce”—could also be getting their dream for “the best recreation ever made.”
Now all we’d like is a wonderfully coiffed kerbal model of JFK to ship the “We select to go to the
moon Mun” speech, and we’ll be able to race.