Everspace 2 landed on the more explosive side of space-related Gamescom 2019 reveals and, although its release date is quite far away, fans of the original are sure to be excited by the changes ushered in with the sequel.
That's because Everspace 2 ditches the roguelike aspect of the original in favor of an open world. Here's everything we know about Everspace 2, including details on gameplay, story and multiplayer.
Everspace 2 Release Date
There's a fair bit of time between now and Everspace 2's release date, as the open world space shooter is scheduled to enter Steam Early Access only in late 2020.
It will spend around a year in Early Access, after which the full version's release date is planned for the end of 2021. Everspace 2 will make its way to PC, Xbox One and PS4.
Everspace 2 Story
We only have snippets of information regarding Everspace 2's story, however, developer Rockfish promises that the shift to open-world gameplay will be accompanied by "significantly enhanced storytelling".
We know that Everspace 2 will be a rags to riches type of journey that will also net you some friends on the side, who will be eager to help you with various in-game activities.
Everspace 2 Gameplay
We've already mentioned it but, in case it's not clear yet, the elephant in the room when talking about Everspace 2's gameplay is the open-world approach that replaces the roguelike progression and instanced levels of the original.
Everspace 2 will bring back the ship mobility of the first game while expanding the roster of available ships. While the game's focus remains blowing enemies to smithereens with a varied and upgradable arsenal, the open-world nature of the sequel also lets you roam in between worlds, searching for alien races, mysteries to uncover or traders.
Traders sell loot, which can be obtained from other sources as well, and which is used to upgrade your ships or change up their playstyle. There will be several loot rarities which provide better and better bonuses. High-risk, high-reward areas hide special gear, however, these are where you're more likely to encounter very difficult foes.
Speaking of foes, you should expect to face drones, fighters, heavy bombers, powerful gunships, and even massive capital vessels. Each enemy has a level attached to it and tackling those above your own can provide a significant challenge. That being said, completing activities and blasting foes to bits earns you experience which, upon leveling up, grants welcome statistical bonuses.
Everspace 2 will also have some form of endgame which will feature "vicious encounters and brutal challenges". Other spacefarers befriended during the campaign will grant benefits during the endgame, although developer Rockfish has yet to delve into its specifics.
Everspace 2 Multiplayer
According to its Steam page, Everspace 2 will focus entirely on its single-player component, not featuring any form of multiplayer, be it co-op or competitive.
All hope is not lost, however, given how the title will enter Steam Early Access late next year, giving it plenty of time for things to change.
Everspace 2 System Requirements
With Everspace 2's release date being so far away, it's not surprising that no details regarding its system requirements were shared following its Gamescom 2019 reveal.
We will keep an eye out and update this section whenever new information pops up.
Where can you buy Everspace 2 and how much does it cost?
On PC, Everspace 2's Steam page is currently live. Given how it aims to enter Steam Early Access late next year, it's safe to assume that it'll also be available for purchase there. Gog.com and the Epic Games Store aren't currently listing the title.
As Everspace 2 will also make its way to console in 2021, when its full version releases, you'll likely be able to pick it up on the Microsoft and PlayStation stores. No details regarding pricing are currently known.
Everspace 2 Announcement Trailer
The Everspace 2 announcement trailer showcases a number of different playable ships, alongside several of the game's environments. These range from clear, open areas to flying past massive space stations and through areas filled with debris, making for a promising first look, as far as location variety is concerned.
Being an space shooter, there's also plenty of actions showcasing Everspace 2's gorgeous particle effects. You can check the trailer out for yourself below.