The first major Everspace 2 update for the game's Early Access phase has been detailed. Coming later this month, the update brings new mission types, a new companion to get to know, and a continuation of the story campaign.
What can we expect from the first major Everspace 2 update in Early Access?
The update is officially named "Union: Contracts/Heartland", and it's coming to Steam and GOG on April 28th. It adds three new main missions to the game and three extra side missions to tackle. These missions will take place in Ceto, the second star system in the game, and will also reintroduce new ally Elek, who makes a reappearance from Encounters, an expansion pack for the first Everspace. Elek must be rescued from a cave full of corrosive enemies, but once you've saved him, he'll help you out with the main story and can be called as a wingman to assist you in combat.
Everspace 2 is also getting its first major new ship class in this update. The Heavy Bomber ship is all about offensive capability; it uses energy rather than ammunition to power its secondary weaponry and has a massively powerful Ultimate that destroys all ships in its vicinity. Later in this update cycle, Rockfish is also introducing the Vanguard, a Light ship that emphasizes agility over power. Other additions coming in the first major Everspace 2 update include a boost to the level cap, all-new puzzle and pursuit mission types, and a tweak in balancing that should fix some XP and drop rates.
What's next for Everspace 2?
It's a busy time for Rockfish's space RPG. Earlier this year, the roadmap for upcoming Everspace 2 content was revealed, with a new systems, ship subclasses, and more storyline updates on the way as the year progresses. The Zharkov system will be added to Everspace 2 this summer, along with a new companion, new missions, and more activities to enjoy. In fall, you'll be able to explore the Khait Nebula, with plenty more stuff coming alongside that update as well.
Of course, we'll bring you more on Everspace 2 and its upcoming content updates as soon as we get it. In the meantime, you can check out Everspace 2 on Early Access via either Steam or GOG if you want to see what all the fuss is about. The game is in Early Access right now, but Rockfish says it's planning a full release for Everspace 2 in summer next year.
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