The vastness of space (as well as space-based games) is endless. The thing that differentiates these games is how it grabs your attention. The tension between the lawless frontier and the cold reality of the vacuum keeps your adrenaline up, especially if you’re in a craft designed for one occupant. Do you keep with civilization, working for a living or do you become a privateer, making your way by trade and commission? A lone pilot out in the void… what will you do? A new game is making its way into development from Kickstarter and we’ve gotten a view of this title.
Everspace 2 is the direct sequel to 2017’s Everspace by ROCKFISH Games. Still in the early prototype phase, the game is looking very exciting from the start. The visuals seem similar to the original (though this reviewer hasn’t played that title) and are eye-catching. The available gameplay was brief while also being strong. With a minor amount of instruction, you are out into space in your ship, navigating four available locations, destroying probes and fighters alike as well as salvaging spaced items. It very much feels like EVE Online without the overly excessive micromanaging of the character. It also appears as if there’ll be more to explore besides the well known places as it pays to stay present.
As a first look, Everspace 2 is the space combat simulator that can bring gamers into a tight, solo experience that has been desired for years. It gives me thoughts of an updated Privateer with a more clear cut interface and a drive towards giving people options usually forgotten in other space sims. Everspace 2 is slated for a late 2020 release on Steam Early Access and available on PC, Xbox One and Playstation 4 in the second half of 2021.