Everspace 2 was of the most exciting games we saw one year ago at PAX South 2020. It’s finally coming to Early Access on PC (Steam and GOG) on January 18., for $39.99. Watch the new Early Access trailer above.

Everspace 2 is a spaceship shooter that expands on the original game by providing a open world (open universe?) to explore. The sequel includes space combat, exploration, asteroid minding, loot, trading, crafting, ship customization, and more.

“After multiple rounds of community testing by some 2,000 players, and great feedback from various gaming outlets and content creators on the closed Beta, Everspace 2 is ready for Early Access. We can’t wait to receive feedback on the initial release version from space game enthusiasts on Steam and GOG,” said Michael Schade, CEO & co-founder, Rockfish Games. “Of course, the game is far from being finished. On top of the two star systems Everspace 2 pilots will be able to explore in Early Access at launch, we plan to have four to six more as well as several additional player ship subclasses beyond the Interceptor, Sentinel, Striker, Gunship, and Scout at launch, to be gradually added on a quarterly basis.

“In the final game, players will also be able to enjoy twice as much story content plus lots of worthwhile endgame activities. We look forward to working closely with our community over the course of the next 12 to 18 months to make an outstanding narrative-driven open-world space looter shooter.”

The Early Access version should include around 25 hours of gameplay within the first two star systems. The full version won’t launch until 2022 at “a reasonably increased price.”

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