Rockfish Games, the developers of Everspace, recently announced Everspace 2 at Gamescom 2019. In contrast to the villainous prequel, this game is an open-world space shooter with classic role-playing elements and constant player development. Everspace 2 soon came to Steam Early Access and Xbox One in 2021. Unfortunately, this no longer seems to be the case.
A Windows Central press release received from the developer states:
An aggressive virus is spreading all over the world, causing great insecurity, serious supply chain problems and cancellation of major international events almost everywhere. Not surprisingly, all of our … meetings with key platform owners and potential co-publishing partners for consoles have also been canceled. We are now setting up conference calls or meetings for upcoming events. At the moment we are prepared for everything and hope for the best … The highly anticipated open world shooter … Cyberpunk 2077 has recently been postponed to September, plus the brand new … raid shooter. .. Square Enix outriders have just been announced to release in the same month. Obviously there is quite an overlap between this and our audience, so we decided that it would not be advisable to compete directly against two … shooters … juggernauts and not leave much space for others … shooters to come out at the same time. Given all these new challenges, we had to make a difficult decision to postpone the launch of Everspace 2 on Steam Early Access, which is now targeting early December this year. As a result, we are also moving the closed alpha to the end of May and the closed beta to August. Even if this is only a strategic decision to mitigate commercial risks when important market conditions change, we are fully aware that some of you will not be too happy about it, but we hope you understand. Fortunately, we are in a financially comfortable position so that the project itself is not at risk and we develop the game internally as planned. This extra time also means that we have more content for you.
Hopefully Everspace 2 will also be a brilliant experience in Steam Early Access. It’s unclear whether this means the Xbox One launch of the game will be pushed back in 2021 or even 2022. We will keep you posted as soon as we know more.
Are you looking forward to Everspace 2? Did you play Everspace on the Xbox Game Pass? Let us know.