Early entry space game Everspace 2 has an enormous new replace out immediately, which provides a brand new chapter to its single-player marketing campaign and a model new star system to discover. In the lengthy post accompanying the update, Everspace 2’s builders clarify that they’re not attempting to compete with the “juggernauts” of the style which might be meant to feel and look extra lifelike.

The newest replace is referred to as Zharkov: The Vortex, and it takes gamers to a harmful new system the place you’ll find a way to unearth alien secrets and techniques, decide up new loot, and even have interaction in some puzzle fixing. Zharkov itself is a swirling vortex that orbits its central star, and in it you’ll discover huge cloud formations, electrical storms, and mysterious ‘vertical asteroids.’

Rockfish takes slightly time in the replace publish to tackle some participant issues over how ‘hardcore’ the game is meant to be. In addition to the puzzles talked about above, Zharkov will even afford gamers the alternative to remote-control an unbiased upkeep drone by means of six-degrees-of-freedom mazes discovered in a lunar mining colony, introducing a extra traditional Descent-style gameplay.

Rockfish says the addition of puzzle-solving and drone piloting has at all times been a part of its imaginative and prescient for Everspace 2, and that the game was by no means meant to compete with “the juggernauts of space games” – obliquely referring to video games like Elite Dangerous, No Man’s Sky, and even Star Citizen.

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“We believe there’s enough room for an arcadey space action RPG with looter-shooter mechanics bringing new things to the space game genre, which our team is very much excited about,” Rockfish says. “On the whole, allowing our designers the freedom to flex their creative muscles with additions like these is going to make for a stronger game overall.”

In phrases of latest gear, Rockfish says you may look ahead to a fusion hook, which helps you to latch onto objects with a tether and carry out “some cool zero-G swing manoeuvers.” There are new kinds of missiles and mines, new set bonuses for Bloodstar gear, and a brand new merchandise affix referred to as Swift that reduces weapon ramp-up velocity and cost time by 30%.

Rockfish has additionally made some optimisations that ought to make for a smaller set up footprint, and it’s achieved a move on the person interface for crafting.

It’s an enormous replace, and the full patch notes can be found at the backside of the publish on Steam. You can examine the first Everspace 2 early access update and the roadmap for future development, if you happen to’d like to get introduced up to (warp) velocity.

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