When Rockfish Games announced its new space action game, Everspace, a few years back, we were pulled in by its stunning graphics. It also helped that the Kickstarter campaign for the game, which raised around $466,000, promised full VR support. Soon the developers will make good on that promise.
Everspace will leave its current Early Access phase and launch as a full release on May 26th, Rockfish confirmed today. The game launched in pre-release form last September, and had experimental support for both the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, but the studio is planning much sturdier integration for this month’s release. Check out the trailer below to see why that’s a good thing.
“”The first “experimental” VR implementation was far from perfect and for quite some time VR has not been a priority as we had to complete all the core elements of the game, first,” Rockfish explained in a Kickstarter update. “Fortunately, we were able to hire another talented developer back in March this year to solely focus on the VR implementation. We are excited to announce that the full version will ship with full VR support for HTC Vive and Oculus Rift.”
That’s not all that will be new for Everspace’s full release. Rockfish will also be adding a full campaign to the game, which players could only get a taste of in the Early Access release.
Rather than focusing on multiplayer battles like EVE: Valkyrie, Everspace offers single-player missions in which you head into combat with enemy ships. The game features RPG-like crafting and loot systems as well as procedurally-generated levels that you’ll explore with one of three ships. Built with Unreal Engine 4, it’s an utter treat for the eyes.
We’ve got high hopes that Everspace will be an essential experience for headset owners. We’ll find out if that’s the case later on this month.