The first major Everspace 2 update has exited hyperspace and is now orbiting Steam and GOG. Union: Contracts/Heartland brings a new companion, all-new missions and gameplay, a new ship class, and lots more. You can grab it right now from either platform.
What's in the first major Everspace 2 update?
First up, you can look forward to a brand new yet very familiar companion. Everyone's favorite rogue Elek is making a return from the original Everspace, and he's got new missions for you to take on. At the end of these missions, Elek will join you as a companion. There will also be brand new smuggling gameplay to look forward to during Elek's missions, so make sure you take a detour to save this little space critter. You'll also find three new main story missions to tackle that will advance the plot of Everspace 2.
As if a new companion wasn't enough, this update is also bringing a new ship, the heavy-class Bomber. It comes with missiles and mines as its standard weapons and can regenerate hit points by damaging enemy ships. If you're an Everspace fan, you'll also recognize the ARC-9000, which returns from the first game and acts as the ultimate ability for the new Bomber. The new Everspace 2 update is also bringing four new music tracks, a host of gameplay balance changes, new gear, and plenty more. You can see a full changelog on the game's official Kickstarter page.
What's next for Everspace 2?
Rockfish Games says it's already working on the next major Everspace 2 update. Tentatively titled Zharkov: The Vortex, this update brings another new companion, more enemy types, new creatures, and a host of new content including extra missions and activities. The update is currently slated for this summer, but we don't have an exact release window for it yet, so stay tuned for more info on that.
Later this year, sometime around fall, you can also look forward to the Khait Nebula: Stranger Skies update. It'll bring new fighter ship subclasses, a brand new system with new enemies and phenomena, and new missions, as well as a new companion, fast travel, and an increased player level cap. As you can see, it's all systems go for Everspace 2 in the next few months. We'll bring you more on this as soon as we get it. In the meantime, you can grab Everspace 2 via Steam Early Access or GOG In Development right now.
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