Everspace 2 comes to Steam and GOG on January 18

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2020 was a rough ride for the open-world space shooter Everspace 2 (opens in new tab). A Kickstarter campaign in late 2019 was very successful, pulling in nearly $620,000, but a planned Early Access release was postponed twice: Once because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and then by Cyberpunk 2077's move from November into December, which developer Rockfish Games (along with a few others) had no interest in messing with.

But with Cyberpunk now out of the way, and the pandemic clearly sticking around, Rockfish said today that Everspace 2 will finally make its big appearance on January 18. The initial Early Access release "will be good for at least 25 hours of gameplay," Rockfish said, with core gameplay mechanics in place and English voice acting for the first 12 hours of the campaign and several side missions.

"Of course, the game is far from being finished. On top of the two star systems Everspace 2 pilots will be able to explore in Early Access at launch, we plan to have four to six more as well as several additional player ship subclasses beyond the Interceptor, Sentinel, Striker, Gunship, and Scout at launch, to be gradually added on a quarterly basis," Rockfish CEO Michael Schade said. "In the final game, players will also be able to enjoy twice as much story content plus lots of worthwhile endgame activities."

The plan is to keep Everspace 2 in Early Access for a year to 18 months, and release it sometime in the first half of 2022 at a "reasonably increased" price. The initial release will be available for $40/£32/€38 on Steam Early Access (opens in new tab) and GOG Games in Development (opens in new tab).

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