The rogue-like space shooter boasts some impressive graphics, intense dogfights and a deep non-linear story, as well as on-the-go crafting and upgrading systems.
The goal of the game is to reach your destination. This will entail finding your way through a system and gathering enough fuel to start your jump drive, launching you into the next. Players will need to gather enough resources on the way to upgrade their ship in order to take on the tougher challenges that await.
Take a look at the explosion-heavy launch trailer to see the combat and navigation in action:
Here's a look at some sumptuous screenshots:
Death is likely in Everspace, but it needn't be a hindrance. Dying will allow you to permanently upgrade your spacecraft in numerous ways, such as boosting your shield capacity, enhancing sensors, improving weapons, attaching armoured plates and more. Most ship upgrades will be directly visible, some having a greater impact than others.
Death may also make you think twice about tactics; flying in all guns blazing could leave your ship with significant wear and tear and in need of patching up, but it could result in you acquiring some valuable resources. Cloaking your ship and trying to sneak past foes might mean you absorb less damage, but you could miss out on some precious materials.
Once you reach your goal, you can start a new run and a different course will be plotted, making it unlikely that you'll happen upon the same scenarios twice.
Early Access / Xbox Preview Program features:
Upcoming features of the full version:
Everspace is available through the Xbox Game Preview program, Steam and GOG. A Windows 10 version is coming soon.
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