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Spaceship action RPG Drox Operative 2 lands in Early Access

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Drox Operative 2 from Soldak Entertainment has now arrived in Early Access after a short delay on Steam's approvals process. Drox Operative 2 is a starship action RPG with warring alien races, fierce space battles, a dynamic, evolving galaxy, and co-op multiplayer for Linux and Windows.

You're a captain of a single starship, so you're not doing empire management here. You pick a side as you go through, or not, and accumulate as many credits as possible.

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From early reports, it sounds very similar to the first game with multiple people mentioning it's more like a remaster currently. It's going to get more over time, as this is only the start of Early Access. Soldak mentioned they expect development to continue for "anywhere between 2 and 11 months" until they feel it's ready.

Feature Highlight:

  • Explore a dynamic and evolving galaxy
  • Explore a unique sector of the galaxy in every game, with different "monsters", ship components, quests, and even races
  • Fight in the galactic war between the various alien races
  • Battle hundreds of different enemy starships
  • Build the coolest and deadliest starship in the galaxy
  • Outfit your ship with thousands of components and crew
  • Adventure with your friends with co-op multiplayer
  • Essentially play an action RPG inside a universe of alien races playing a 4X game

You can buy Drox Operative 2 on Steam where it's 10% off for the first week. We've requested a key from Soldak to take a look.

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Cyril Jun 2, 2020
I'm still sceptical, looking at the screenshots it's the "same" game, I barely see any differences.
But! I'm convinced it will be fun to play!
scaine Jun 2, 2020
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Just checked my Steam profile to see when I played the last one - June 2015!!! Five... FIVE years ago??? It was a load of fun, but I did get bored on the 20 hour mark and stopped playing. Couldn't tell you why, but I think it was because of the grind to get minor upgrades to components? I prefer games where there's a HUGE number of components thrown at you and it's up to you to build them in novel ways.

Might be mis-remembering this one though. I'll keep an eye on it. I love 2D space sims.
Tchey Jun 2, 2020
Drox 2 is in "alpha", while Soldak usually release "beta".

What it means is in its current state, Drox 2 is more a Drox 1.5 and will evolve further to a proper Drox 2 as time goes. It’s already slightly more pretty, or less ugly, and the expansion from Drox 1 is included already. Also the pace is smoother. Ship flies faster and better. I played some Drox 1 these days to feel how the sequel will differ, and, well, it does.
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