Everspace 2 Launch has been Delayed to January 2021

Everspace 2 Delayed

Rockfish Games has announced that it has delayed the launch of its space looter shooter Everspace 2, which will now be released next year in January. The developer cited Cyberpunk 2077’s latest release date which was clashing with the game.

In addition, the developer has also decided to send out pre-release keys for the closed beta to Kickstarter backers who pledged for the game.

Michael Schade, CEO and founder of Rockfish Games shared a short statement,

Porting the original EVERSPACE to last-gen consoles was quite a challenge for us back in the day, so we can only imagine what a challenge it must be to bring a massive title like Cyberpunk 2077 to Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Unfortunately, this is also a major blow for any other game that was scheduled during that week. We know from our community that there is quite an audience overlap between the two titles, so we decided to get out of the way and push back our release to January. We are aware that EVERSPACE 2 fans will be unhappy, but competing with the arguably most anticipated video game in history is just not a good idea.

To give this a positive spin, we’ve decided to send out pre-release keys with closed Beta access to all eligible Kickstarter backers on November 2nd, so they will be able to play the first 10ish hours of EVERSPACE 2 a month earlier. Furthermore, we also plan to give away 200 additional Beta pre-release keys good for the closed beta only through media partners and our weekly community streams to ease the pain for a few lucky space pilots.

Everspace 2 picks up the story right where the first game ended. Players play as one of the surviving clone pilots and they are faced with the remnants of their past. The cloning program has been canceled and the colonial authorities have placed a bounty on them. Survival is now more important than ever. Players will need to evolve from a former military clone to a truly real person if they want to survive in the world of EVERSPACE 2.

Here is everything the closed beta of Everspace 2 comes with:

  • Added functional instruments and working displays in cockpit view
  • Added Outlaw Detonator Drone and Outlaw Ravager to spawn tables
  • Added Elite enemy type
  • Added more points of interest
  • Added more puzzles
  • Added more events and objectives at locations
  • Added one more side mission
  • Added visible lateral thrusters on player ships
  • Added more loot
  • Added option to track resources needed for perks
  • Added option to track challenges
  • Improved player ship models (body)
  • Improved story campaign missions 01 – 07
  • Improved 1st boss fight
  • Improved story dialogue
  • Improved overall lighting
  • Improved and additional environmental 3D assets
  • Improved Home Base location
  • Improved item management
  • Improved and additional ship devices
  • Improved balancing
  • Improved in-game menu
  • Players can now store two additional ships at their home base
  • Device modes can now be unlocked individually rather than consecutive
  • HUD tweaks and improvements
  • Additional Graphics Settings (FOV slider, Gamma, V-SYNC, Motion Blur, Chromatic Aberration, SSGI, Damage Numbers, HUD Elements)
  • Game can now be played in fullscreen mode (fixed bug that would crash the game when Alt-Tabbing)
  • Fixed occasional crashes when loading save games/checkpoints
  • Various smaller tweaks and bugfixes

ROCKFISH Games delivered an absolute blast of a sequel with EVERSPACE 2 and we have its wonderful Accolades Trailer to prove it, alongside the Incursions Update, the teaser trailer for its Drake: Gang Wars update, Xbox Game Pass arrival trailerZharkov: The Vortex UpdateFirst Early Access Update trailer, detailed roadmap revealEarly Access Preview, and Early Access Launch announcement trailer. EVERSPACE 2 started its journey as a Kickstarter project during which it showcased in-game locations, HOTAS supportexclusive Closed Betagameplay trailersClosed Alpha, and Concept Art.

Its Early Access launch was delayed on two separate occasions, one in March 2020 and then again in November 2020. Its Kickstarter campaign had a massive goal of $493,000 which was achieved on its final campaign day. The developer kept gamers in the loop with a regular influx of new information during this period. We were lucky enough to get our hands on an early access prototype of the game back in May 2020 for our preview.

Everspace 2 was supposed to launch in the holiday season but not has been delayed. Post your comments below.

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About the Author: Salik Shah

An ardent lover for first-person shooter games, Salik has been part of GamesHedge all through its journey. His love for competitive gaming started with Counter-Strike and Call of Duty, and now can be seen lurking in Valorant and Rainbow Six: Siege.

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