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Everspace, the rouge-like space shooter from ROCKFISH Games, will be hitting Steam’s Early Access, alongside GOG’s Games in Development from today.  The game, which uses the Unreal 4 engine, will also be getting a release through Game Preview on the Xbox and Windows 10 Stores later this month.  Fresh off the back of a wildly successful Kickstarter campaign, the 3D space adventure has seen over 10,000 Alpha and Beta testers and backers try out its non-linear story on Windows 7 through 10 and on the Mac OSX El Capitan.  Linux users won’t be left out either, with a planned release on its OpenGL 4.0 platform coming with the first patch planned by month’s end.

Today’s launch will feature an all-new boss fight, new voice-acted dialogue, a different planet type, additional Outlaw stations as well as many interface and gameplay tweaks that have been added since the last Beta release.  Also on the horizon are two additional ship types planned for release in the coming months.  These are firstly the Colonial Scout, a ship which is much smaller than the current Colonial Interceptor, featuring extreme manoeuverability and a higher top speed but a weaker hull.  The Colonial Scout also comes with a cloaking device and sniper weapons as starting gear.  The upcoming Colonial Gunship will be the slowest of the three spaceships but will compensate through a much stronger hull and an upgradable turret on top.

The full release is scheduled for the end of Q1 2017 and will feature a fully voice-acted story with thoughtfully designed characters, situation-based events, as well as a Hardcore Mode and full Virtual Reality (VR) support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.  Prices are expected to rise to $39.99 USD  ($53.50 AUD/ £29.99 UK) when fully released.

Michael Schade, CEO and co-founder of ROCKFISH Games excitedly proclaimed;

We have been working closely with our fans since our Kickstarter in August 2015 and we are super excited to eventually launch EVERSPACE through Steam and GOG.com.  It comes with over 300 new features, tweaks and bug fixes, largely based on community feedback since the initial Alpha release and we look forward to keep working closely with our fans to make EVERSPACE as exciting and long-lasting as we can.“

Will you be one of the first to jump on this space adventure?  Will Everspace be the game No Man’s Sky could and should have been?  Let us know your thoughts below.