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Following its release on 23rd October 2013, Space Engineers has been well received by players with a review score of 9/10 on steam. Fans have described it as being the perfect Sandbox game due to its excellent graphics and mechanics, with some players comparing it to the likes of Minecraft. Space Engineers is a sandbox game about engineering, construction, exploration and survival in space and on planets. Players build space ships, space stations, planetary outposts of various sizes and uses (civil and military), pilot ships and travel through space to explore planets and gather resources to survive. Dedicated servers are available for everyone who owns Space Engineers. You don’t need an extra Steam account, you get Space Engineers dedicated servers for free with your existing Space Engineers account. Note: In order to run a dedicated server, server providers don’t require a licensed copy of the game. However, to obtain the game server files, at least one Steam account needs to have a valid license. EXIT SPACE ENGINEERS FIRST FIX FOR DX11 go to your saves folder: (C: Users (your name) AppData Roaming SpaceEngineers Saves (numbers) (name of your world)) in your world file find sandbox.sbc (back it up) and open it with notepad or different editor search for cargo. Change enable cargo ships to true save exit YAY! Discover the best Game Key and Steam Gifts offers, compare prices to download and play Space Engineers at the best cost. Compare the Steam Gift price from suppliers all around the world. Activate CD Keys on your Steam client to download the games and play in multiplayer or singleplayer.

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Problem: When your game does not start in 64-bit mode or it displays a message box saying “Space Engineers cannot be started in 64-bit mode”
Solution: Please follow this link:

Problem: The game does not start and you get the message “Steam not running! Please run this game from steam. (restart steam if running)”.
Update of the Steam client must be enabled, because an outdated client may not be able to recognize and run the game. Please update your Steam client and then restart your PC. Also, installing .NET 4.5 can fix start-up issues. Make sure that you have .NET 4.5 installed on your system.

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Problem: The Logfile says “BadImageFormatException” and/or “Could not load file or assembly SteamSDK”. You get the Please run this game from Steam error message.
Solution: First try to restart your Steam client and/or your PC. If this doesn’t work, download this file: Steam_appid.txt (right click and save link as) and paste it into the Bin and Bin64 folder of the game. You will find this inside the SteamLibrary folder in C:Program Files(x86)SteamSteamAppscommonSpaceEngineers). Then you can start the game manually by running the SpaceEngineers.exe. You can run the 32-bit version of the game from the Bin folder or the 64-bit version of the game from the Bin64 folder.
We are currently working with Steam on fixing this issue as soon as possible.

Problem: The game crashes after you click “Play” and you get a message saying “Space Engineers has stopped working” – LogMeIn issue
Solution: We have noticed that LogMeIn sometimes can cause the GPU driver to crash which prevents the game from starting. In order to fix this you will have to disable LogMeIn.

Problem: Disk read error when starting the game.
Solution: Usually by just restarting your computer will solve this issue. If it does not then you may have to perform a clean installation of the game.
To clean install the game:
• Uninstall the game through steam
• Find the folder location %appdata%, you can type this into any explorer window
• There you will see a SpaceEngineers folder. You might want to rename this to keep your saves and blueprints. If not then you can just delete the folder
• Find the steamapps folder (default: c:program files (x86)steamsteamapps
• Delete the SpaceEngineers folder
• Install the game again through Steam
• If the game is then working you can copy your old saves and blueprints to the new appdata folder

Problem: Logfile says: ‘HavokWrapper.dll’ access denied
Solutions: This is usually a file permission issue (start Steam as Administrator or change file permissions manually).
Or antivirus issue, add exception for SpaceEngineers.exe and/or HavokWrapper.dll
If you are concerned about security check HavokWrapper.dll digital signature in file properties (make sure you click “Details” on digital signature tab).

Problem: The game crashes during start-up and log contains:
Exception occured: SharpDX.SharpDXException: HRESULT: [0x8876086C], Module: [SharpDX.Direct3D9], ApiCode: [D3DERR_INVALIDCALL/InvalidCall], Message: Unknown
at SharpDX.Result.CheckError()
at SharpDX.Direct3D9.Device.GetViewport(Viewport& viewportRef)

The important note is ‘SharpDX.SharpDXException’ and few lines later at SharpDX.Direct3D9.Device.GetViewport’
Solution: Disable all other displays except one or try to change the multimonitor setup. When using ‘Extend displays’ the game does not recognize it when you move one of the displays into certain locations (below or on the same line as primary display).

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Problem: The game does not start, an error appears which says “the game is already launched”.
Solution: This issue is mostly caused by the TeamSpeak 3 overlay. In order to fix this, turn the overlay plugin off.

Problem: The game is crashing at program start-up. A black box appears in the center of the screen and freezes.
Solution: This issue is most probably caused by a disabled SLI. You will have to go to your graphics card settings and enable SLI. Every card has a different way to enable SLI, so we can’t provide you the the exact steps that you have to follow.

Problem: Logfile says: “Graphics device failed to create”
Solution: Try running in windowed mode, open file “%APPDATA%SpaceEngineersSpaceEngineers.cfg” with notepad and find this section (WindowMode in Key):
<Key xsi:>WindowMode</Key>
<Value xsi:>2</Value>

And replace 2 with 0, like this:
<Key xsi:>WindowMode</Key>
<Value xsi:>0</Value>

Problem: When the game does not start and does not produce any log file.
Solution: Please open the Event Viewer (from the start menu, type Event Viewer). In Event Viewer go to Windows Logs, Application and send the top “.NET Runtime” error from Application: SpaceEngineers.exe (see below image) to our support email (top two are enough).
In order to do this right, please follow very carefully these steps:
1) Select the correct file on the left side (Application)
2) Select first the .NET runtime error from top (using default ordering)
3) Copy the large bottom text and send it to our mail. Note: make sure that the info is from the Application: SpaceEngineers.exe

Problem: The game does not start and I have tried all options above
Solution: Please try to disable the steam overlay.
1. Launch Steam and click on the “Settings” button. Click on the “In-Game Settings” tab.
2. Uncheck the box next to “Enable Steam Community In-Game” and click OK.
3. Disable the Steam Overlay on specific games only by right-clicking on the game title, click on “Properties” and uncheck “Enable Steam Community In-Game” in the “General” tab.


Sometimes Space Engineers crashes even before the actual game starts. The most common reason is wrong/damaged Microsoft .NET installation. In this case the log file contains: System.Web.Extensions.


  • Install all Windows updates for .NET and security. Reboot your computer if required by the updates.
  • Then install .NET 4.6.1 again from this URL:

If it didn’t help, you may try a more advanced method: This method will fix broken .NET configuration.

​Useful Tools:

  • Detects and tries to fix some frequently occurring issues with the setup of Microsoft .NET Framework:


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If you experience trouble launching Space Engineers and the error messages you get suggest it’s a video / graphics / DirectX problem, try updating DirectX. Install DirectX 11 from


It has been reported by players that some anti-virus software (most common is AVAST) are blocking the game and prevent it from starting. This happens because the game’s code is encrypted which is why the anti-virus software are flagging it as a virus. This is false positive and the solution is to add the file to exceptions or mark it as a save file.


It has been reported that some 3rd party programs can prevent the game from starting. In this case, you will have to disable these programs in order to run the game. Below is the list of the 3rd party programs that have been reported so far.

– Lucid Virtu MVP
– MacType
– LogMeIn
– xFire

Q: Are people allowed to make video content & post it to YouTube or other similar video sharing services?
A: Yes. We encourage our players to capture in-game video and screenshots and share them with the Community.

Q: Are people allowed to monetize videos of Space Engineers?
A: Yes, players are free to upload the videos on Youtube and run advertisements on it. More information about the Video Policy can be found here:

Q: Is the game available only on Steam?
A: No, Space Engineers is available on both Steam and Xbox. You need either a Steam account, or Microsoft account to play Space Engineers.

Q: Where can I purchase Space Engineers?
A: You can buy the game for PC through the developer’s website and on the official online distributors’ pages: Steam,Green Man Gaming,Gamers Gate,Humble Store,Fanatical,Indiegala

You can buy the game for Xbox through the Microsoft Store.

Note: You may also find other places where you can buy the game which are not presented here. This doesn’t mean that they are not legitimate, but please use caution before you decide to buy through these services.

Q: Is the game available for purchase in a physical box through retail stores.
A: Yes, there is a limited “Early Access” version which has been available in retail stores since 2014.

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Q: Are you considering Linux, Mac, PS4 or any other port?
A: We are also considering other platforms (for the future), but for now we are focusing on the Windows and XBOX One version.

Q: I have a technical issue with the game
A: Please visit our troubleshooting page

Q: I have a game-play question
A: Please join our community on Steam or join our Discord server.

Q: Is the game free to play or pay to play?
A: Space Engineers is neither F2P or P2P. Space Engineers is a “standard” PC game at this moment, you buy it and play it.

Q: What if I bought the game and my system is below the minimum requirements or i am using an operating system which is not supported? Can I have a refund?
A: We are sorry, but we don’t offer refunds for technical reasons. If you encounter any problems, please contact us immediately and we will help you.

Q: Do you have an affiliate program where i can promote Space Engineers on my page, YouTube channel or blog and earn some money?
Yes, we have an affiliate program where you can earn 15% from each purchase made by customers who came to our e-shop through your affiliate link. This is a lifetime revenue stream. Please contact us for more info.

Q: Will you fix bug X or Y?
A: We will continue to fix bugs and resolve issues with each new update. We will continue to monitor the support portal for both bugs and feature suggestions.

Q: What will come next?
A: Expanding the Space Engineers franchise with new features, blocks, and scenarios. We’re going to take Space Engineers to exciting places when it comes to gameplay, immersion, and challenges!

Q: Are you working on a new game already?
Nope, we are currently focused on continuing to develop Space Engineers.

Q: I am disappointed because you never implemented features I wanted for this game. It’s not the game I expected.
We are continually adding new content to the game and will continue to do so in the future. It’s possible that we will implement some of the features that you have requested. Voting on our support portal for the feedback and suggestions you find important is a great way to contribute to the future development of Space Engineers.


Q: Why can’t Space Engineers support as many players as other multiplayer games?
16 players is our recommended setting for default multiplayer scenarios.

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There are very specific technical requirements for Space Engineers. Worlds may have many moving and interacting objects with real-time physics. Comparing system requirements of Space Engineers with other games is not possible because there is no other game that supports such complex networked volumetric physics.

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Q: Why can’t we use mods in the default multiplayer (why do we need to switch to experimental mode)?
There is no way we can guarantee that the MOD will not degrade or halt the game. Responsibility for the stability of a MOD is completely on the MOD author, and that’s why it requires experimental mode.