EVERSPACE 2 Closed Alpha Releasing On Steam
With all due respect to Elite: Dangerous, which skews just a little more towards realism than I want in my day to day gaming life, my favourite space game on the Xbox One is EVERSPACE – but it’s about to be dethroned by EVERSPACE 2.
Check out the Alpha Gameplay trailer and the Alpha Planetary Combat trailers, then tell me this game doesn’t look amazing:
Closed Beta for the game is slated for Fall of 2020, with Early Access on Steam targeting December 2020. The full game will hit PC, PS4, and Xbox One in Q1 of 2022, though you’d imagine that’ll change to the next-gen consoles.
Here’s the press release:
Franchise Premiere: EVERSPACE™ 2 Pilots Visit Planetary Locations in Closed Alpha
For the first time in EVERSPACE™ history, players will travel from deep space to deep underground and everything in between in the new EVERSPACE™ 2 Closed Alpha. Containing new ships, equipment, characters, missions, and planetary locations, the Closed Alpha shows off more than 10 hours of never seen before content.
Hamburg, Germany – June 15, 2020 – ROCKFISH Games is releasing the Closed Alpha of EVERSPACE™ 2 on Steam, giving more than 1,200 Kickstarter supporters an early hands-on experience with content planned for the game’s Steam Early Access release in December. At this time, Closed Alpha keys are only available as prizes on the ROCKFISH Games Friday streams or media partner events such as CohhCarnage’s charity stream on https://www.twitch.tv/GCXEvent, starting today at CEST 2:00 pm / 8:00 am EDT / 5:00 am PDT.
“Creating large open-world games with skill-based second-to-second gameplay and complex player progression can be a beast as there are so many different ways to play through the story campaign while also free-roaming and doing side missions or mini-jobs in any given order with a myriad of possible loadouts at the players’ disposal,” said Michael Schade, CEO at ROCKFISH Games; “Following the great results of working exclusively with our most committed fans on the predecessor’s pre-release, we very much look forward to daring pilots taking the closed Alpha of EVERSPACE 2 for a spin and sharing their experience to help us nail the core game before we go into Beta and Steam Early Access, later this year.”
The Closed Alpha gives players access to approximately 10 hours of gameplay including a story beat and free exploration, culminating in the first star system’s boss fight. In addition to new Ship Devices and Ultimate Abilities, players will be able to explore the all-new pilot and companion perk system.
Through main storyline content, scripted side missions, and various jobs, players will be able to reach the Closed Alpha cap of level 10. New ships, NPCs, and equipment have been added for players to discover as they explore even more regions in space, planetary locations, and cave systems in the game’s first solar system.
The Closed Alpha is English-only, with plans to localize in French, Italian, German, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean at full release. Quality narrative cutscenes and text-to-speech mission dialogues will serve as placeholders until Steam Early Access.
EVERSPACE™ 2 is planned to reach Closed Beta in Fall 2020. Early Access of EVERSPACE™ 2 on Steam is currently scheduled for December 2020, with the full version for PC, PlayStation® 4 and Xbox One scheduled for release in Q1 2022. A demo version of EVERSPACE™ 2 featuring early content from the game is available as a free download on Steam as part of the Steam Game Festival, Summer Edition.
About ROCKFISH Games GmbH
Based in Hamburg, Germany, ROCKFISH Games is an independent game studio specializing in high-quality Unreal Engine 4 action video games for PC and consoles. Industry veterans Michael Schade and Christian Lohr founded ROCKFISH Games to create new adventures for space shooter fans through their acclaimed EVERSPACE™ IP. After spending over 25 years as joint entrepreneurs in the 3D graphics space, Schade and Lohr have built the ROCKFISH Games team alongside experienced developers from across the industry.
Using Kickstarter as a platform to build a new community in 2015, ROCKFISH Games reached a runaway success with EVERSPACE™, which has sold over 1.5 million copies on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation since release. Building on these successes, ROCKFISH Games is dedicated to crafting fast-paced, open-world experiences driven by quality storytelling to delight space action fans in their upcoming title, EVERSPACE™ 2.