We now have an Early Access Everspace 2 release date. The space shooter is coming to Steam Early Access and GOG's In Development program on January 18th, after being delayed last year due to the launch of Cyberpunk 2077.
What can we expect from Everspace 2 Early Access?
According to a press release from developer Rockfish Games, the upcoming Early Access and In Development release of Everspace 2 will be "good for at least 25 hours of gameplay". The campaign will feature full English voice acting for the first 12 hours of the main campaign. This release will also feature several side missions taking place in the first two star systems of what will be Everspace 2's final release. Unfortunately, we still don't have a final Everspace 2 release date for the full version of the game.
As you might expect, the upcoming Everspace 2 Early Access version will introduce you to the core gameplay concepts on offer. These include space exploration, combat, puzzle-solving, and resource gathering, as well as trading, perks, and ship customization. Everspace 2 will be a single-player experience, so you won't be able to trade with other players, but you will have plenty of different ship types and companions to choose from as you play. In addition to these features, the Early Access version of Everspace 2 will feature support for HOTAS (hands on throttle and stick) configurations, as well as Logitech and Thrustmaster joystick setups.
When is the full version of Everspace 2 launching?
According to the aforementioned Rockfish press release, the full version of Everspace 2 will launch in "the first half of 2022" for a "reasonably increased price" (over the Early Access version). This version will include native Mac and Linux support. Rockfish co-founder and CEO Michael Schade says the Early Access version of Everspace 2 is "far from being finished", and that the game will take another 12 to 18 months to fully finish. Schade also says the finished version will contain "twice as much story content" and plenty of endgame activities to do.
News of this launch comes after the Everspace 2 release date was delayed late last year owing to CD Projekt Red delaying Cyberpunk 2077 until December. It was originally intended to launch via Steam Early Access last December. Due to the delay, however, Schade said that the Cyberpunk 2077 delay represented a "major blow" for other developers. He went on to say that competing with CD Projekt Red's game would "just not [be] a good idea". Luckily, that game's release is over and done with now, so it's safe for Rockfish to come out of hiding. Everspace 2 launches for Steam Early Access and GOG In Development on January 18th.
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