In Hamburg there is not only fish sandwiches and an ex-irreversible football club, but also innovations. The German development studio Rockfish Games recently published a crowdfunding campaign on the Kickstarter platform to finance the successor to the space loot shooter Everspace, Everspace 2. The goal of the campaign: an impressive 450.000 euros. The Kickstarter for Everspace 2 runs until November 4th.


Compared to the space mega-project “Star Citizen”, around half a million euros is the famous drop on your hot, sun-kissed asteroid - the 450.000 euros are still ambitious for a German Kickstarter campaign. Rockfish Games will probably actually achieve the financing goal, because behind the coal is a real top title: Everspace 2.

Everspace: No longer an insider tip

When the space-loot shooter was released in 2016, the fast, rewarding space-shooting was a real refreshment for the genre. The first part was already financed via Kickstarter - and it was extremely successful. The rogue-like space shooter became a surprise hit that sold around a million times.

Everspace 2 offers a breathtaking space atmosphere. Image: Rockfish Games

Everspace 2 offers a breathtaking space atmosphere. Image: Rockfish Games

Today, three years later, Everspace is no longer an insider tip, but a title that seems to be crying out for a successor. And Rockfish Games is responding to fan calls with a new Kickstarter campaign - this time for a sequel that is more than just a detailed overhaul of a working video game. Everspace 2 feels just as fast and arcade-heavy, but relies on an open world. In fact, open space.

With RPG elements and player advances, the creators want to offer fans not only fast action, but also long-term entertainment. What is essential: more choice of player ships and good storytelling. Rockfish Games wants to accommodate both in Everspace 2.

The announcement trailer gives you a first impression of the game:

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Already on the Gamescom 2019 in Cologne Rockfish Games announced the successor to Everspace as part of the opening show Gamescom: Opening Night Live Trailer. Rockfish Games has revealed the associated plans: a more open game world, more roleplaying and progression, exciting storytelling - but still the “uncompromising space action” known from the first part. This was announced by Michael Schade, CEO and one of the founders of the Hamburger Spieleschmiede.

Everspace 2 was playable at Gamescom 2019 - and damn good. Photo: André Volkmann

We played Everspace 2 at Gamescom 2019 - and it was damn good. Photo: André Volkmann

In the indie area, Everspace 2 was actually playable: And it was already fun at that point. The story ties in directly with the predecessor. The players are surviving clone pilots, but the scientific program no longer exists. Instead, the last clones are hunted. Exploring the universe extensively in Everspace 2, improving the spaceship and advancing player progress is part of the players' survival strategy - and a clever move to catapult fans right into the story. Author Joshua Rubin, who has already worked on games like Destiny, Assassin's Creed 2 and The Walking Dead, is also responsible for this. 

Visually, Everspace was already a stunner, and that won't change with the successor either. On the contrary, Everspace 2 brings the infinite and inhospitable expanses of space onto the screen in a way that few other space shooters can do.

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If you want to support the Kickstarter campaign, you have several options: the standard edition is available for 40 euros, and the digital soundtrack on top for ten euros. Interesting for fans: The Everspace 2 closed beta is part of the package at a price of 70 euros. For 80 euros there is even access to the closed alpha. Kickstarter wouldn't be Kickstarter if it weren't for some crazy support options: For example, including a visit to Hamburg including a meet & greet for a mere 5.000 euros. The big boss pledge even costs 8.500 euros, but exactly one “backer” is allowed to help design a boss opponent including a fight - and of course go to Hamburg. For the Kickstarter campaign, which is already worth over 55.000 euros, this is the way to go Link.

If the Hamburg developers can keep to their schedule, Everspace 2 will appear in the second half of 2022 for PC, Playstation 4 and Xbox One. But fans don't have to wait until the final release: Everspace 2 should enter the Early Access phase by the end of 2020.


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