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EverSpace 2

Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Genre: RPG/Action
Developer: Rockfish Games
Release Date: 2021

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'EverSpace 2' Rolls Out Drake: Gang Wars Early Access Update, More Content This Fall - Screens & Trailer

by Rainier on Aug. 5, 2022 @ 5:00 a.m. PDT

In contrast to the roguelike concept of its predecessor, EverSpace 2 is an open-world space shooter with classic RPG elements and persistent player progression, as well as a much larger number of player ships and significantly enhanced storytelling.

Set in a persistent open world, it is driven by a captivating sci-fi story that picks up shortly after the events of its predecessor, but instead of the previous roguelike game mechanics, the focus in EverSpace 2 will be on open world gameplay combined with classic RPG elements and extended storytelling. 

Thanks to the expanded perks and a brand new class-based player ship system with dozens of models, players can also fully customize their spaceship to their individual playing style with weapons, plating, and equipment, similar to classic RPG character development. Despite all the innovations, EverSpace 2 remains true to its space shooter core and presents fast-paced space action in the well-known EverSpace style.

The story of EverSpace 2 continues from its predecessor, as you continue the story of Adam Roslin, one of the surviving cloned military space pilot. The player is faced with the remnants of his past: the cloning program has been canceled, the colonial authorities have placed a bounty on him,

Players will experience Adam’s journey as he learns what it means to transition from a clone with unlimited lives, yet persistent memories, so now that dying means the ultimate death the search for the meaning of life suddenly takes on a whole new importance. Adam’s journey will be shaped through meaningful relationships with interesting companions as he discovers that life is only worth-living if there is also something worth dying for. Fate, however, has big plans and soon the player discovers what it means to evolve from a former military clone to a truly real person.

EverSpace 2 not only creates a powerful gaming experience, but also one that is visually impressive in the beautiful infinity of space where breathtaking cinematic scenery invites - encourages - exploration.

Rockfish Games is excited to share that their new EverSpace 2 update, the first of the two remaining for 2022, just dropped on Steam and GOG and will be coming soon to the Microsoft Store.

The Drake: Gang Wars update adds the entirely new Drake star system with stunning hand-crafted lava and ice environments, underwater exploration, exciting new enemy types and status effects, brand new challenges as well as a three-chapter side quest, introducing daring pilots to the new system, and much more. In celebration of this huge update, EverSpace 2 is 25% off for the first time during Early Access. The price will be raised at launch, so it’s a prime opportunity to take advantage of this bargain.

The new star system features over a dozen handcrafted locations with exciting and gorgeous set pieces for intense ship-to-ship combat, numerous things to discover, puzzles to solve, and challenges to master. Each controlled by three new factions, the Coalition, Retaliators, and Zurilia, the system's regions feature lava and ice areas that introduce new gameplay mechanics where player ships are exposed to heat and frost damage as well as high pressure when going underwater.

“Thanks to a super passionate audience, making and selling space games has evolved from serving a long-neglected niche to battling within a highly competitive market,” says Rockfish Games CEO and Co-Founder Michael Schade. “While other iconic titles and franchises have continuously improved over the years and new big space games are coming out soon-ish, offering all sorts of gameplay features and settings within the space-themed genre, we believe EverSpace 2 provides a unique experience, which has already been rewarded with close to 90% positive reviews on Steam. However, our world-class team has outdone themselves with that hard-hitting, eruptive action in Drake’s lava locations and the frost-biting exploration on icy planets and in iceteroid fields in open space. My favorite, however, is where you must go underwater to disable mines and plant your own explosives in a gigantic, half-sunken space station. I haven’t seen anything like this in any other game before, and we can’t wait to see the reaction of our fans.”

The set of side quests serves as the introduction to the Drake system, and while Rockfish Games keeps the final act of the campaign close to the chest, these missions will give dedicated players a sample of what to expect in the final battle. Furthermore, the Early Access version of EverSpace 2 is boosting the player level cap up to 25, introducing three new pilot perks as well as a few new companion perks.

Pro-tip: Retaliation, reflecting 30% of incoming damage to your attackers, is especially useful when dealing with the new damage types within the Drake system.

Good ol’ buddy Tareen, also known from the EverSpace - Encounters expansion, received new perks for ship dealers.

Extending well beyond those additions, the team has also added new passives for all ship sub-classes and new secondary weapon bonus attributes. These will expand EverSpace 2’s capacity for different playstyles and ship builds for all of our pilots who like to tinker. Mutators are also added to high-risk areas for those in the community asking for more of a challenge. On the technical side, TrackIR support and AMD FSR have also been added to the game.

EverSpace 2 is on the home stretch, with one more Early Access update introducing a glimpse of the endgame before the team works on the final polish for version 1.0. With this update, numerous balancing adjustments and Quality of Life improvements have been made, too. A complete list of features and fixes can be found on the Drake: Gang Wars Update Steam community post.

EverSpace 2 has one additional major update planned to release in 2022. Ancient Rifts, planned for this fall, will give players their first taste of endgame content with high-risk, high-reward challenges.

EverSpace 2 is currently available through Steam Early Access, Xbox Game Pass for PC and GOG Games in Development for $39.99 / €37.99 / £31.99.

EverSpace 2 is coming to PC (Windows, Mac, Linux), Xbox and PlayStation in early 2023, and comes with UI and text language support for German, French, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.

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