Everspace 2 Early Access Delayed Due to Cyberpunk 2077's New Date

Everspace 2 Early Access Delayed Due to Cyberpunk 2077's New Date

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Cyberpunk 2077 is likely to be the year's biggest game, so the rest of the gaming world has been giving it a wide berth all year. Everspace 2 is just the latest game to move out of its way. 

In a refreshingly honest update to the fans, Michael Schade, CEO & co-founder of Rockfish Games, plainly stated that they're getting the heck out of CD Projekt Red's way. Fortunately, this extra development time also means a less hectic holiday season for the team. The game was once scheduled to arrive in December, but it's Early Access date has been pushed to January. You can read the complete statement below.

"Porting the original EVERSPACE to last-gen consoles was quite a challenge for us back in the day, so we can only imagine what a challenge it must be to bring a massive title like Cyberpunk 2077 to Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Unfortunately, this is also a major blow for any other game that was scheduled during that week. We know from our community that there is quite an audience overlap between the two titles, so we decided to get out of the way and push back our release to January. 

We are aware that EVERSPACE 2 fans will be unhappy, but competing with the arguably most anticipated video game in history is just not a good idea. To give this a positive spin, we’ve decided to send out pre-release keys with closed Beta access to all eligible Kickstarter backers on November 2nd, so they will be able to play the first 10ish hours of EVERSPACE 2 a month earlier. 

Furthermore, we also plan to give away 200 additional Beta pre-release keys good for the closed beta only through media partners and our weekly community streams to ease the pain for a few lucky space pilots.”

Rockfish defines "eligible backers" to receive closed beta keys as anyone who pledged the "Just a Digital Copy, Please" level on the game's huge Kickstarter last year. Everspace 2 hits Steam Early Access in January 2021.

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