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Everspace 2 Early Access Release Delayed to January to Avoid Cyberpunk 2077

Everspace 2

Rockfish Games have delayed the Early Access release date for their space RPG Everspace 2, due to the new release date of Cyberpunk 2077. 

The Early Access was originally meant to release on Windows PC (via Steam) in mid-December, but Rockfish Games have decided to push the release back until January 2021 due to Cyberpunk 2077‘s delayed December 10th release date. Similar had occurred with Path of Exile’s 3.13 update.

“Let’s get the cyber elephant out of the room right away: The Cyberpunk 2077 release has just been pushed back to December 10, which is a major blow to our planned EVERSPACE 2 Early Access release in mid-December. Not only will every media outlet and content creator cover the arguably most-anticipated AAA game in history throughout the entire holiday season (and not much else), we also know that there’s quite a bit of audience overlap within our community (and our team), so…

After a quick consultation with our marketing friends at Evolve PR, Plan Of Attack, and Swordfish PR, we’ve decided to push back the EVERSPACE 2 Early Access release to January. We know that sucks, but hear us out! There’s actually some good in this.”

To compensate, the developers of Everspace 2 will be releasing a closed beta for all eligible Kickstarter backers on November 2nd. The announcement also discusses the basics of the game’s crafting system, and shows off the Gunship, a heavy fighter with four weapon hardpoints and an auto turret. You can read more via the update here.

You can find the rundown (via Steam) below:

EVERSPACE™ 2 is a fast-paced single-player spaceship shooter with deep exploration in space and on planets, tons of loot, RPG elements, mining, and trading. Experience a thoughtful story, set in a vivid, handcrafted open world full of secrets and perils, on your journey to become human after all.

In the campaign, you will make some friends with their own story to tell. They will join you on side missions and provide certain benefits in the endgame, where vicious encounters and brutal challenges will stand between you and that next epic loot drop.

Embark on an exciting journey
Discover alien species, unveil mysteries, find hidden treasures and defend your valuables against outlaw clans. But don’t get cocky: there will be some high-risk/high-reward areas waiting for you where grabbing that ultra-special gear and getting out alive will require some serious piloting skills and all your talent for improvisation.

Let the lasers do the talking
Annihilate your foes the EVERSPACE™ way: Dodge, dash, roll and boost guns blazing into frantic dogfights, leaving only a trail of space scrap behind. Use a wide range of weaponry and abilities to defeat a large variety of opponents like drones, fighters, heavy bombers and powerful gunships all the way to massive capital vessels. Always look around and use your environment to your advantage, and gain the upper hand even if you are outnumbered.

Have it your own way
Expand your private ship collection from a virtually endless supply of ships, composed of various unique ship classes and optimize your build to perfection. Cleverly combine modules, weapons, devices, and perks to fit your individual playstyle and the current objective.

Epic loot awaits
Hunt for the next better gear and be ready to constantly re-evaluate your current setup. Look for loot that fits your playstyle but be willing to leave your comfort zone and try something new. Be ready to find and exploit synergistic effects between equipment, perks, devices, and ships to fully maximize their potential.

From rags to riches
Roam the world looking for the best deals on certain commodities, becoming the part-time trader you always wanted to be. However, prices will vary based on supply and demand, so you better check about the latest offerings before you set course to the next trading station. Always be on the look-out against ambushes during interstellar travel.

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