We said earlier this year that Everspace 2 "is about to be the new gold standard for space shooters," which was especially commendable as it was only being released in Early Access. It has come a long way since then: an update released earlier this month added a lot of new content, including missions inspired by the fantastic 6DOF Descent shooter, and now you can try it out thanks to a new demo which is now to live Steam.
The demo has no time limit (you can play it as much as you want), but it is limited to the first sector of Ceto, the initial system of the game, which allows players to access the first five main missions and the two secondary missions. and as many random encounters as you feel like taking on. If you really dig into your space adventures and decide to move to the full advance access version, any progress you’ve made on the demo will go ahead. In order to ensure that aggressive grinding does not completely turn things off, players will have a cap at level 5, although they can take as much money as they want.
Developer Rockfish Games said it was now able to launch a new demo because it recently split the base game into several individual PAK files, which allowed for "a proper demo" that isn't too big and can be easily upgraded. " but it also can't be exploited by unlocking the full game. "An earlier demo was withdrawn just before the release of Early Access," because it didn't do justice to the current production. "
The news of the show appeared as part of a long update on the state of development, including comments on crunch ("Never crunch!") and screens for the new Khaït nebula.
"All star systems in Everspace 2 have a signature color and a lighting theme," Rockfish explained. "The Khaït nebula embraces the complementary colors purple and green with a few touches of blue, nothing revolutionary, but it simply works in terms of general color theme theory, but is also ideal for highlighting the deepest mystery of the system.
"Speaking of mystery, in addition to raising the maximum level of players and adding a set of new player benefits, the fall update will also add several chapters to the campaign. This will not only reveal new essential secrets. in the Everspace universe, but it will also put Adam Rosslin and his teammates to the test, where their common cause is threatened by conflicts of personal interest.We will have more to share about the new game mechanics in the Khaït nebula in autumn ".
Everspace 2 does not yet have a full release date, but Rockfish predicted it would be ready to go 12-18 months after the January 2021 Early Access release.