EVERSPACE 2 Hits Stretch Goal In Dramatic Fundraiser Finish
Just shy of 8,000 backers pushed EVERSPACE 2’s fundraising campaign past ‘fully funded’ status and then past the first stretch goal just minutes prior to the campaign’s end. It was a thrilling, if somewhat stressful, finish for the development team, as the game was still short of completing its funding requirement just 24 hours before the campaign’s end.
“We are absolutely overwhelmed by the passion and confidence our fans have shown,” remarked Michael Schade, CEO and co-founder of ROCKFISH Games, in a statement. “We are well aware that this is not to be taken for granted nowadays and would like to express our deepest gratitude to all supporters once again.”
Hitting the stretch goal means the development team will also be working on The Ancient’s Rift, what sounds like an endgame challenge that tasks players with surviving for as long as they can to unlock rewards, loot, and experience.
The game will be arriving on Steam in Early Access in 2020. It will be making the leap to consoles at some point in the future.
Here’s the press release:
EVERSPACE™ 2 Hits $560,069 USD On Kickstarter With First Stretch Goal Unlocked
The Kickstarter campaign for EVERSPACE™ 2, the ambitious open world space shooter by ROCKFISH Games, ended successfully with $560,069 USD pledged by 7979 backers after an epic final sprint. With only minutes before the end of the campaign, the first stretch goal “The Ancients’ Rift” was reached as well.
Backers who supported the EVERSPACE™ 2 Kickstarter campaign at the Standard Edition or above levels can look forward to playing the prototype version of EVERSPACE™ 2 which has been shown at numerous gaming events. This prototype version is expected to be released to backers in mid-December 2019. The Hamburg-based team is currently adapting the prototype for PCs with different performance levels and graphics options to provide the best possible player experience even at this early stage.
The ROCKFISH Games team has recorded a short vlog thanking their partners and outlining a few next steps for the project:
Space shooter fans who missed the Kickstarter campaign can still participate in the project or get a pre-order discount of 12% on the Steam Early Access version of EVERSPACE™ 2 at the ROCKFISH Games Store. A selection of rewards from the Kickstarter campaign, such as various levels of pre-early access and digital goodies like the original soundtrack or artbooks from EVERSPACE™ 2, are also available.
“After our fans pushed through to the funding goal with an incredible effort Sunday night, we saw our community keep up that fighting spirit into the four hour grande finale live stream to also unlock the first stretch goal, before the end of the campaign on Monday midnight,” says Michael Schade, CEO and co-founder of ROCKFISH Games. “We are absolutely overwhelmed by the passion and confidence our fans have shown. We are well aware that this is not to be taken for granted nowadays and would like to express our deepest gratitude to all supporters once again. Now, we can develop EVERSPACE 2 as planned with close connection with our community and – as requested by our fans – release it first on Steam Early Access in September 2020.”
Parallel to the successful conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign, the enormous general visibility of EVERSPACE™ 2 on the internet, especially on Twitch and YouTube as well as on social media, and a massive sales promotion of its predecessor including all DLCs on Steam, generated a further 20,000 Steam wishlist entries for EVERSPACE™ 2 in the last four weeks.
The campaign with all information can be found here: https://www.kickstarter.com/