Private Division and Intercept Games have announced that Kerbal Space Program 2, the highly anticipated sequel to the popular rocket building sim, will be available in Early Access for PC on February 24th, 2023 on Steam, the Epic Game Store and other digital stores.
Players will get a front-row seat to development during Early Access and be part of an active development process, providing feedback to help create the best KSP sequel yet. At the start of Early Access, Kerbal Space Program 2 will already offer numerous new features (see details in the press release) and will be constantly further developed.
Kerbal Space Program 2: Lots of early-start content
Kerbal Space Program 2 offers plenty of new content for players right from the start of Early Access, including hundreds of new and improved parts for building a wide range of vehicles and rockets, acceleration time-lapse for improved long-distance flight, and superior graphics, including a planetary map system Atmospheres and terrain - this is easily the most visually stunning KSP game ever! The game also features improved tutorials and a streamlined user interface for new players to give them the knowledge they need to make great space flights. By purchasing Kerbal Space Program 2 in Early Access, the community will be able to contribute to the future development of the game by providing feedback directly to the developers on the way to the final version's release.
The core gameplay of Kerbal Space Program 2 will be better than ever, giving players almost endless possibilities with tools to create advanced spacecraft and lunar vehicles. Once the game enters Early Access, more than 350 new and improved parts await players, including engines, fuel tanks, procedural parts systems, and more. Using these extensive building blocks, players can build airplanes, rockets, planetoid vehicles and other creations for their adventures. Kerbal Space Program 2 will also offer the ability to customize and paint vehicles, making each build even more personal and expressive.
In addition to this wide range of new parts, the game will feature impressive new environments to explore. At the beginning of the Early Access phase, players can already travel the entire Kerbal system. Departing from beautiful Kerbin, Kerbals explore the crater-strewn Mun, admire the gigantic green clouds of Jool and discover breathtaking panoramas on these revamped celestial bodies. All of these classic locations have been redesigned and offer unrivaled realism and impressive complexity thanks to a terrain system that will pose new challenges for players when choosing a place to land. Fans will fly through beautiful cloudscapes with a new planetary atmosphere system.
"We're very excited to release Kerbal Space Program 2 into Early Access and show fans the amazing progress we've made in the final stages of development," said Nate Simpson, Creative Director at Intercept Games. "At its core, KSP2 is about exploration, discovery, and defying gravity by adding more engines."
Successor created from scratch
Rebuilt from the ground up, Kerbal Space Program 2 will bring the joys of rocket science learned at random to a new generation of players, while continuing to offer new challenges and opportunities to seasoned Kerbal veterans. Fully interactive, animated tutorials will reveal the secrets of rocket art, and the revamped vehicle construction interface combines ease of use with powerful new vehicle creation tools.
The sequel will also feature impressive improvements to the new player experience, including improved map and maneuver clarity, and a brand new in-flight UI. The time-lapse system will not only include additional levels of acceleration, but will also allow players to freeze time when interacting with controls. For particularly long flights, players can now also use the time lapse while accelerating, avoiding long waiting times during interplanetary travel. Last but not least, improved context information will allow players to better react to unexpected vehicle malfunctions.
"Through our Early Access period, we're able to offer players the opportunity to try out highly anticipated systems, features, updates and more as they become available," said Nestor Gomez, Lead Producer for Kerbal Space Program 2 at Intercept Games . "We'll be keeping a close eye on reactions to the changes, and as with the first installment, we'll be using a tremendously powerful tool on this journey: our passionate community."
With Kerbal Space Program 2 entering Early Access, Intercept Games will be implementing several major features over the course of a few months following release.
Upcoming features of Kerbal Space Program 2 include:
- Next generation technology: Players unlock pioneering technologies that allow them to build larger projects and use new fuels or propulsion systems. These capabilities will allow spacefarers to travel beyond the limits of the original Kerbal system and reach new, uncharted star systems.
- colonies: This feature of the successor was often at the top of players' wish lists. These are thus able to find and mine valuable resources in order to use these materials to set up their own bases on distant celestial bodies or directly in space. Players need power sources, living areas, and vehicle construction sites for their colonies to turn them into low-gravity launch sites that allow for even more ambitious journeys!
- Interstellar Travel: KSP2 offers players new challenges in the form of interstellar travel. Cross the bottomless abyss of interstellar space aboard gigantic fusion-powered ships that can reach incredible speeds. Upon arrival in new star systems, players can then launch landers and rovers to discover and explore planets.
- Multiplayer: Players can work together with friends or compete against each other to explore space together and reach historical milestones in their own space race. The multiplayer mode offers endless possibilities for adventurers, collectors and "unexpected" collisions!
- Modding: Kerbal fans are happy to share the massive amount of mods available for the original game, and Intercept Games plans to make the sequel even more mod-friendly with additional features that support the modding community.
- And more: There will be plenty of general improvements, bug fixes, features and more throughout the Early Access period, so players can look forward to plenty of updates.
Kerbal Space Program 2 will be available in Early Access on PC via Steam, the Epic Game Store and other digital retailers on February 24, 2023 at an introductory price of €49,99. According to current plans, the versions for PlayStation 5 and Xbox X|S will be released after the early access phase of the PC version. More details coming soon. A USK classification for Kerbal Space Program 2 is still pending.
Check out the latest Kerbal Space Program 2 video on YouTube for more information on the game's Early Access release.
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