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EVERSPACE 2 appears to be quite a success for ROCKFISH Games, not only is it doing well on Steam with a Very Positive rating in Early Access but they just got a big bonus from the German federal parliament. They've been given a grant of 1.65 Million Euro to help them expand the game.

What is it? A fast-paced single-player spaceship shooter with worthwhile exploration in space and on planets, tons of loot, RPG elements, mining, and crafting While it's currently in Early Access, the developer has plans to release the game in full in 2023 which will include Native Linux support that was confirmed again in the PR.

From the press release:

“The government’s continued interest in supporting German studios shows a commitment to fostering local talent and the creation of new IP in a growing creative field,” shared Michael Schade, CEO of ROCKFISH Games. “As we close in on the launch of EVERSPACE 2 in 2023, our team is looking to what’s to come in the future, and this grant is helping make it happen. We’re excited to share that ROCKFISH Games will be using this grant as part of our €3.9 million major expansion for EVERSPACE 2 planned to release in 2024. While we’ll have more to share about this content in the future, I will say that this major expansion will give EVERSPACE fans more star systems to adventure in as we explore stories focused on the companions of EVERSPACE 2.”

In the PR they also confirmed that EVERSPACE (both games together 1 & 2) has sold over 2.5 million copies. They also have multiple open job positions to keep expanding the game.

A big new update was also released recently and the trailer is below:

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EVERSPACE 2 is currently available on GOG and Steam.

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Julius 9 Dec, 2022
Quoting: Purple Library GuyDo you know if the game is still "unfinished" in any playability sort of sense? How much does it matter what they call it? If it's more "finished" than many games given full release, is it a problem that they prefer to call it "early access" still?

I don't know, as I am still waiting for my key from the Kickstarter campaign 4 years ago. The reviews make it sound like it is pretty complete, but it has been in "early access" for 2.5 years now and it looks like it will be finally released sometimes Q1 2023 if I am lucky.

I am mainly annoyed that they keep postponing the official release date, while pushing out updates that are clearly not essential parts of the the game and are meant to attract new customers as one would expect from post release updates.


Last edited by Julius on 9 December 2022 at 10:18 pm UTC
Purple Library Guy 10 Dec, 2022
Quoting: Julius
Quoting: Purple Library GuyDo you know if the game is still "unfinished" in any playability sort of sense? How much does it matter what they call it? If it's more "finished" than many games given full release, is it a problem that they prefer to call it "early access" still?

I don't know, as I am still waiting for my key from the Kickstarter campaign 4 years ago.
Ah, I see. Yeah, it'd be a pain for the game to be basically finished and yet they keep you waiting forever for your Kickstarter payoff.
Shmerl 11 Dec, 2022
Quoting: JuliusHow about finally releasing the game? I am an original Kickstarter funder and still haven't played any of it as they keep milking the early access BS and add various gimmicks that normally would be in post release patches I think.

I backed it too, and decided not to wait and just play the current version in Wine. It works OK and the main campaign is interesting enough. The story is not complete though, so keep that in mind.


Last edited by Shmerl on 11 December 2022 at 2:53 am UTC
Julius 11 Dec, 2022
Quoting: Shmerl
Quoting: JuliusHow about finally releasing the game? I am an original Kickstarter funder and still haven't played any of it as they keep milking the early access BS and add various gimmicks that normally would be in post release patches I think.

I backed it too, and decided not to wait and just play the current version in Wine. It works OK and the main campaign is interesting enough. The story is not complete though, so keep that in mind.

So you bought it a second time? Or you paid extra for the questionable honour of being an alpha tester?

I wouldn't mind playing it through Proton, but as I backed a tier that promised to give a key for the final game, I simply can't do that as I didn't receive the key yet.

Yes, there can be all sorts of arguments about what it means to back a kickstarter and so on, but they clearly prioritized acquiring new customers over delivering the product to customers that already paid for it. This might make sense from a business perspective, but it is a really bad practise and I will not support them again in the future because of that.


Last edited by Julius on 11 December 2022 at 4:05 pm UTC
Shmerl 11 Dec, 2022
Quoting: JuliusSo you bought it a second time?

Nope, they sent out keys go backers (I think my tier was "standard"?), so I got the game on GOG using it.


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