EVERSPACE™ 2’s first major update brings all-new story and side-quest missions to the Union star system. Along with a new companion and boss encounter, Bomber ship class, an enemy sub-faction with special gear, and more, the update introduces smuggling to Early Access players.
Hamburg, Germany – April 29, 2021 – Independent developer and publisher ROCKFISH Games have just announced the first major content update, Union: Contracts/Heartland, to their high-rated open-world space action RPG EVERSPACE 2 is now live on Steam and GOG. Space game enthusiasts can look forward to a new companion, additional main and side story missions, introducing all-new smuggling gameplay, as well as a new ship class, activities, challenges, improved game balancing, special gear with set bonuses, and more.
The biggest part of this update are the three main and three side missions as well as several additional side activities, most taking place in the second star system, Union. As part of these missions, players will be introduced to new smuggling gameplay by Elek, the rogue Outlaw from EVERSPACE: Encounters, who joins the party as a new companion after being rescued.
Early Access players will now be able to jump in the cockpit of the new heavy-class Bomber, a bulky demolition expert with a virtually unlimited supply of missiles and mines, the ability to regenerate hull by damaging enemies, and has the infamous ARC-9000 on board—This much-loved secondary weapon of mass destruction from the first EVERSPACE installment makes a comeback as the Bomber’s explosive Ultimate.
“EVERSPACE 2 had a fantastic launch with 92% positive reviews right out of the gate back in January. Pilots were really excited, burned through the content and demanded more—a good problem to have,” said Michael Schade, CEO and Co-Founder of ROCKFISH Games. “Going into Early Access, we had eight to twelve hours of story content and twice as many side activities, secrets, and challenges to discover, as well as five ship classes. With Union: Contracts/Hinterland we’re adding new, carefully scripted, story content, introducing all-new gameplay mechanics, a new ship class that brings a unique playstyle to the game as well as lots of hidden treasures in Union. We also made a ton of tweaks and quality-of-life improvements overall, so we encourage pilots to start a new game to get the full new experience, but they can also just hop in and continue with their existing saves.”
Union: Contracts/Heartland is set to be followed by EVERSPACE 2’s second major update this summer. Currently titled Zharkov: the Vortex, the next update will bring another companion, new enemy types, new creatures and space phenomena, as well as additional main and side missions, activities, and more.
For more details on the April update as well as a full changelog, visit the latest EVERSPACE 2 Kickstarter post. Find out more about Elek, the new Bomber, and new boss fight in the previous Kickstarter Update.
A high resolution image of the EVERSPACE 2 2021 roadmap can be downloaded here.
Every Friday, the EVERSPACE 2 team shows off content from their latest dev build on the ROCKFISH Games Twitch and YouTube channel from 8 pm to 10 pm CEST / 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EST / 11:00 am to 1:00 pm PST.
About EVERSPACE™ 2
EVERSPACE 2 continues the story of Adam Roslin from the first part of the series. Starting with two sprawling star systems that can be freely explored by space pilots, players experience Adam’s emotional journey and personal development from an immortal clone space pilot to an individual of character whose death has final consequences in an open-world action RPG. EVERSPACE 2 offers in the current Early Access version more than 25 hours of gameplay and already contains all core mechanics of the targeted final version.
EVERSPACE 2 can be purchased on Steam here and on GOG here. The full version for PC, including Mac and native Linux support, will be released at a reasonably increased price in summer 2022 and come with UI and text language support for German, French, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Russian, simplified Chinese, Japanese, and Korean.
About ROCKFISH Games GmbH
ROCKFISH Games is a 100% independent game studio specializing in high-quality Unreal Engine 4 action video games for PC and consoles. Industry veterans Michael Schade and Christian Lohr founded ROCKFISH Games to create a new breed of adrenalin-filled adventures for space shooter fans through their acclaimed EVERSPACE IP. After spending over 20 years as joint entrepreneurs in the 3D graphics and mobile gaming space, Schade and Lohr built ROCKFISH Games from the ground up alongside a small team of veteran developers to the current studio of 25 cherry-picked developers and community experts from across the industry.
Using Kickstarter as a platform to build a new community in 2015, ROCKFISH Games reached a runaway success with EVERSPACE, which has sold over two million copies on PC, Xbox, PlayStation, and Nintendo Switch. Building on this success and propelled by yet another wildly successful Kickstarter campaign in 2019, ROCKFISH Games is dedicated to crafting a true next-gen open-world space shooter experience driven by quality storytelling as an open-development project together with space action aficionado from around the globe in their upcoming title, EVERSPACE 2.