Closed Beta Drop | Pre-Release Key Giveaways | Narrative Deep Dive
Time is relative, indeed. For us developers, it is flying because the next major milestone is always just around the corner. But for you all it probably feels like forever until you can get your hands on the next pre-release version of EVESPACE 2, right? Well, we’ve got some great news.
Closed Beta Drop
We have just updated the official EVERSPACE 2 pre-release build on Steam. Alpha backers can simply fire up Steam to receive their update. Beta backers (Early Adopter Edition reward tier and higher) will find their brand new Steam keys in their email inboxes. If you don’t see your key, please be patient as keys are sent out in batches. Also, make sure to check your spam folders!
Unfortunately, the new animated main menu background did not make it into the stable Beta build on Steam. We wanted to give an early look at this improvement with you here because it adds a sense of the deep exploration that all of you can look forward to when EVERSPACE 2 launches with the additional “Union System” and even more new stuff in Early Access this December.
So, what has changed since the previous production update, you might wonder? Well, apart from new content in the Ceto system that we want you to discover for yourselves, we made further UI/UX improvements based on the much-appreciated feedback from Alpha backers. We implemented cockpit view featuring fully functional instruments, improved the visual quality of several environmental assets and the overall performance of the build, and, of course, fixed a ton of bugs. More side missions, job variations and enemy types, points of interest, and puzzles have been added as well. Last but not least, Gero, our Sound Director, has been tweaking and adding sound effects and in-game music tracks. Basically, the Beta is a heavily revamped Alpha with a few content additions as well as more and better LOOT!
Pre-Release Key Giveaways
Now, anyone who feels bummed out because of not having access to the closed Beta, there are still a few days left to participate in a massive giveaway contest at the PC Gamer Forums with 5 (five) chances to win an EVERSPACE 2 pre-release Steam key; one of which will come with a slick Alienware gaming PC – yup, no joke!
You can win THIS — just head over to our dear friends at PC Gamer before the contest ends in a few DAYS!
There are quite a few entries already, but when has an EVERSPACE pilot ever let the odds get them down? In the case you are not a lucky star on this one, there will be another run with even better starting conditions – hm, where have we heard that before?
Narrative Deep Dive
If you haven’t already checked it out, our Creative Director Uwe Wütherich, dropped a deep dive into EVERSPACE lore on The PC Gamer forums with a few tidbits about companions and the story of EVERSPACE 2. Give it a read! We’d love to hear what you think.
Spoiler Alert: The Okkar trader Tareen from the EVERSPACE – Encounters add-on will have an important come back in EVERSPACE 2. You’ll find out more about his role as another companion in our narrative piece on PC Gamer.
Make sure to join today’s official Beta reveal stream on Twitch and YouTube, from 8:00 pm to 10:00 pm CEST / 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm EDT / 11:00 am to 1:00 pm PDT, where Erik will walk you through the overhauled story campaign in Ceto and give away 3 (three) more pre-release keys of EVERSPACE 2.
The hype is real, see you in the Beta… 🚀👀💥🙌
Michael and your dedicated ROCKFISH Games Team
About ROCKFISH Games GmbH
Based in Hamburg, Germany, ROCKFISH Games is an 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 new adventures for space shooter fans through their acclaimed EVERSPACE™ IP. After spending over 25 years as joint entrepreneurs in the 3D graphics space, Schade and Lohr have built the ROCKFISH Games team alongside experienced developers 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 1.5 million copies on PC, Xbox, and PlayStation since release. Building on these successes, ROCKFISH Games is dedicated to crafting fast-paced, open-world experiences driven by quality storytelling to delight space action fans in their upcoming title, EVERSPACE™ 2.