Everspace 2 is coming to Xbox Game Pass for PC in Game Preview form on Oct. 21, 2021, and will see its full release delayed to early 2023, Microsoft and ROCKFISH Games announced Tuesday.
After initially launching in Steam Early Access in January 2021, Everspace 2 (Game Preview) will be available to Xbox Game Pass for PC subscribers via the Microsoft Store this week.
Everspace 2 is Coming to Xbox Game Pass For PC
Everspace 2 is a sequel to the original Everspace (2017), a 3D spaceship shooter with roguelike elements. The upcoming game will preserve much of the gameplay from its predecessor, but looks to take the series from linear indie roguelike to a handcrafted, semi-open-world AA action RPG.
While the title will still remain in development for at least another full year, ROCKFISH Games has reportedly already released about 65% of the planned story content with three more star systems, two additional player ship classes, fast-travel, trading and endgame activities left to go.
“After our successful partnership launching the original Everspace as an ID@Xbox title in Xbox Game Preview and bringing the game to Game Pass post full release," said Michael Schade, CEO and co-founder of ROCKFISH Games, "we’re thrilled to work again with our friends at Microsoft to bring even more fast-paced space shooter action to Windows 10 and Xbox platforms with Everspace 2.
“The deal not only enables space pilots with Game Pass to jump in the cockpit early, but it also provides extra funding for our team to complete the story campaign as promised, really nail the endgame, and keep pushing the envelope on all platforms.”
While the third major Everspace 2 content update, Khaït Nebula, is on track to be officially released on Nov. 3, with an experimental release on Steam scheduled for Oct. 22, ROCKFISH Games decided to push back the simultaneous full release on PC (Windows, Mac, Linux), Xbox, and PlayStation to early 2023.
Xbox Game Pass, Microsoft's video game subscription service, has picked up major momentum in the past few years as more and more third-party publishers have launched their brand new titles on the platform.
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