Besiege is a physics based building game in which you construct medieval siege engines and lay waste to immense fortresses and peaceful hamlets. Build a machine which can crush windmills, wipe out battalions of brave soldiers and transport valuable resources, defending your creation against cannons, archers and whatever else the...
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Release Date: Jan 28, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Early Access essentially puts us in dialogue with the community and the players. We want Besiege to be easy to access, and we would like to involve and address player feedback as the game progresses. Also, we really love to see how far everyone can push the building mechanics, and we want to be able to respond to the crazy methods people are discovering that we weren't even aware of!”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We aren't entirely sure how long it will take to release the game, our initial estimate put the release between 1.5 and 2 years but due to the success of Besiege we’ve been able to greatly expand the scope of the game with far more ambitious features than were initially possible. We are currently two years in and we’re estimating another year of development until release.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version will contain more levels, in a variety of environments, as well as more blocks, building tools and other larger scale features that we’re not quite ready to talk about just yet!”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“The Early Access version contains 38 levels, comprising the kingdoms of Ipsilon, Tolbrynd & Valfross. There are three sand-box levels to test creations and in any given level you can disable all limitations, allowing for experimentation. There is also a time-dilation dial, allowing the game to be viewed in slowmotion, or at 2X the normal speed. The game contains a broad suite of building tools and pieces, including flying pieces, flamethrowers, cannons, contractible springs, axles, detachable joints, explosives and much more. You can also save and load machines in any given level, as well as share them online via the Steam Workshop.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“We are going to scale the price with the amount of content available. So as more features, game modes and levels are added we will add to the cost incrementally. We hope that players will feel they paid the appropriate price for the amount of content available at any given stage of the games development.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We are already being surprised by what people are constructing and discovering. It is quite amazing, and we want to expand and address features that the community finds or wants. For example, some members of the community are building an immense Siege Walker type thing – we never even realised this was possible. We want to facilitate such creativity, so we will be constantly looking toward what everyone is doing!”
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July 21

Multiverse Dev Blog 2 - 21/07/2017



Hello Everyone!

Today we’re bringing you the second in a series of development blogs about the Multiverse update! The last blog focused on Physics in Multiplayer, how that all works and what kind of performance you can expect to get out of it.

Today's blog however, will be part 1 of 2 blogs on Besiege's new level editor. The first part will focus on how you'll be able to create an environment, using the editor, and the second part will focus on creating game modes and interactive levels using our newly created logic system!

Please keep in mind that the Multiverse update is still in active development and anything shown here may be subject to change.

Besiege levels are created using a variety of game objects which are placed into the world and can then be edited, including; structures, foliage, NPCs & environmental effects. And for those of you wondering, we are in the process of creating assets specifically to be used in custom levels & multiplayer levels.



Besiege's level assets have been divided into several different categories, making it easier for you to find what you're looking for.
To place an asset into the level, you simply select it and then click somewhere in the level to place it. Once we have the object in the level, we can use the tools along the top of the editor panel to edit it.



First we have the Translate tool, which allows you to move a selected object around the environment. Then there's; the Rotate tool for rotation, the Scale tool for altering the object's size, the Mirror tool for moving objects in relation to one another, the Eraser for removing objects and the Modify tool for editing an object's properties.



The properties tool has different options depending on the object that you're editing. For example editing a wall allows you to dictate whether the wall works in a physics way and the amount of force required to destroy it. Turning off the physics option will cause the object to become static and not to break into physics pieces when it’s destroyed.



You can also use the Properties tool to switch between several variations of certain models.



Other objects such as the AI for example, have considerably more options, allowing you to change their behaviour, stats and even make them friendly to a specific team! Allowing AI vs AI combat!



In addition to the object tools we have some more general level editor tools as well, including; a paintbrush mode for placing lots of a particular type of object, a snap to grid option and a duplicate option which has the hotkey Ctrl + D.



By clicking the green pencil on the snap to grid button, you can edit the size of the grid you wish to use:



The paintbrush tool works by holding down mouse button one and then moving your cursor around. Objects are then periodically placed along the path of your mouse, with random rotations and scales.



Levels can be saved and loaded at will by any player in the server, these level files can be shared with other players and you will be able to upload and download them from the Steam workshop as well!

You can also customize the aesthetic environment for your level in the level settings menu, we’ll be talking more about the menu in the next dev blog.

And remember, at any time you can just start simulation and test your level, easy peasy!



Unfortunately that's it for this Dev blog, but be sure to tune into the next one where we'll talk about configuring your levels to have rules and we introduce you into the editor's logic system which allows for more complex and interesting levels & game modes!
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May 19

Multiverse Dev Blog 1 - 19/05/2017


Hello everyone!

As I’m sure many of you are aware, last month we announced the Besiege Multiverse update, which will bring a Multiplayer game mode as well as a Multiplayer Level Editor.

Today I’m bringing you the first in a series of development blogs which will go into greater detail about the features of the Multiverse update and generally explaining how things will work!

We decided to focus on how Physics will work in Multiplayer for this first blog, as we’ve noticed it’s been a major point of query and concern amongst the community.

Anyway let’s just jump right into it.

Performance

In Besiege Multiplayer all the session’s physics is handled by the host’s computer which then communicates with the connected player’s computers telling them what is happening. This ensures a relatively smooth experience, with all war machine’s appearance & movements being synced together giving each connected player an accurate view of what's going on in the game.

Because all the physics is simulated on a single computer, you can expect to get a similar performance in multiplayer as you do in singleplayer. If your host’s computer can handle 500 blocks easily in singleplayer, then they can handle 500 blocks easily in a multiplayer session. Just to be clear, we’re talking 500 blocks total when all player’s machines are added together.
Another useful benefit of running all the game’s physics on one computer is that there is almost no performance load on the client player’s computers. This means that even if you have a low end computer, you can take part in multiplayer sessions containing as many blocks as the host can handle without experiencing poor performance!

We want to be abundantly clear here.
If the total block count of every player’s machines added together is too much for the host’s computer to handle, there will be performance drops. We have decided not to put a cap on the total allowed blocks, so it’s in the hands of the players to decide whether they want to load large elaborate machines into multiplayer.
During the course of multiplayer’s development we have tried several different ways of simulating accurate interactions between machines over a network and found the current method to be the best at balancing performance with accuracy.

Simulation

Besiege’s Multiplayer mode has two different types of physics simulation, Global and Local.

During Global simulation, all players can interact with each other's machines and the environment they’re playing in. In global simulation all the physics behind war machines and the level are run on the Host’s computer (aka the server).

Whilst Global simulation is active the level cannot be edited, but if a player is in local simulation, then the other players can continue editing the map.
Local simulation was created to allow players to test their machines without preventing other players from continuing to edit the level!

Local simulation (aka Ghost Mode) is where individual players simulate their machines independently from everyone else in the Multiplayer session. Players in Local simulation can still interact with the environment/level as it existed when they pressed the simulate button. During Local simulation all physics are simulated on the player’s computer and their machine is still visible to other players in a kind of ghostly form.



Clustering

One of the first hurdles we had to overcome when making Besiege multiplayer was the sheer volume of information that would have to be sent via networking to the host and other players.

The main way in which we overcame this problem was using an innovative clustering system which, without wanting to get too technical, allows blocks to be placed into groups in order to reduce the amount of information being sent to other players.
This system reduces lag between players and the host whilst providing an accurate view of simulated machines which is shared by all players without sync issues.

Under the in-game menu you can toggle on a visual representation of the cluster system and see how your war machine’s blocks are grouped into clusters. You can use this mode to help you design machines that are more efficient for use in multiplayer, as some methods of building work better with the cluster system than others, see below for examples.





That’s all for now but we’ll be bringing you more Dev blogs about the Multiverse update as we get closer to releasing it!

We also thought we'd include this live action reproduction of a typical Besiege multiplayer session:


EDIT: Just to remind people, we're aiming for release of the Multiverse update before the end of Q3 this year. (Around September)
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About This Game

Besiege is a physics based building game in which you construct medieval siege engines and lay waste to immense fortresses and peaceful hamlets. Build a machine which can crush windmills, wipe out battalions of brave soldiers and transport valuable resources, defending your creation against cannons, archers and whatever else the desperate enemies have at their disposal. Create a trundling behemoth, or take clumsily to the skies, and cause carnage in fully destructible environments. Ultimately, you must conquer every Kingdom by crippling their castles and killing their men and livestock, in as creative or clinical a manner as possible!

System Requirements

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Mac OS X
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    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP (latest SP)
    • Processor: 2.2Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512mb Dedicated VRAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: OSX 10+
    • Processor: 2.2Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible, 512 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04 or higher
    • Processor: 2.2Ghz Dual Core
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: OpenGL 2.0 compatible, 512 MB VRAM
    • Storage: 1 GB available space
    • Sound Card: ALSA compatible
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