近日，开发商ROCKFISH Games宣布，《永恒空间2》的最终更新“Ancient Rifts”现已正式推出。该作于2021年1月19日在PC（Steam、GOG和微软商城）推出抢先体验版，正式版将于2023年初发售，登陆PS5、PS4、Xbox One、XSX/S和PC平台。
开发商CEO表示：”最终更新“Ancient Rifts”作为《永恒空间2》的重要补充，展示了游戏宽广的深度和范围，我们认为这款游戏将是2023年最佳的太空动作游戏，Ancient Rifts会带给玩家一些疯狂的机制和挑战，也会让粉丝感受到玩初代的那种感觉，我们已经迫不及待的想向玩家公布正式版，这款游戏一定会带给玩家不一样的游戏体验”。
The final update for the Early Access version of EVERSPACE 2, dubbed “Ancient Rifts,” is now available, developer ROCKFISH Games announced. EVERSPACE 2 first launched in Early Access for PC via Steam, GOG, and Microsoft Store on January 19, 2021. A full release is due out for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in early 2023. It will also be fully optimized for Steam Deck.
“‘Ancient Rifts’ is a massive addition to EVERSPACE 2, showcasing the incredible depth and range of what we believe will be the best space action game to come out in 2023,” says Rockfish Games CEO and Co-Founder Michael Schade. “We envisioned Ancient Rifts to bring back some of the crazy mechanics and challenges and that “one-more-run-feeling” of the first EVERSPACE that our space game fans loved. We can’t wait for the day when EVERSPACE 2 version 1.0 drops, offering a unique mix of high-plasma action gameplay, deep space exploration, lots of activities, and an exciting campaign set in a stunning zero-G environment.”
Here is an overview of the update, via ROCKFISH Games:
“Ancient Rifts” is an update that delivers on the promise from the 2019 Kickstarter campaign, where some 8,000 supporters unlocked significant endgame content for EVERSPACE 2.
Much like in the original EVERSPACE, where players could increase the difficulty for each run and pick handicaps between sectors in Hardcore mode, they can now ramp up Lunacy before opening a rift and picking a portal with different modifiers leading to the next stage to define their individual challenge. Of course, bigger risks will yield greater rewards, like a higher legendary drop chance and better loot overall.
As a challenging endgame activity of a fast-paced space shooter, the team wants players to dive right into the battle with an optimized build and unleash mayhem on their enemies rather than camping behind an asteroid and picking one target after the other from a safe distance. So, in order not to be thrown out of the rift, pilots have to maintain their Resolve score in “Ancient Rifts” by defeating opponents rapidly and also keeping their hull integrity above zero.
While ROCKFISH Games is far from done with this first implementation, daring pilots can also engage with other exciting content in the “Ancient Rifts” update including overhauled racing events, new side missions in Union and Khaït Nebula, new jobs, new distress signals, new puzzles, and visual upgrades.
Ships are the key to the EVERSPACE 2 experience and the agency or expression of players so, of course, Rockfish also added some new features to play around with. The Bomber can now become the Titan and the Gunship the Dominator with a new wing set, and there are two new Outlaw units: the Raider and the Tormentor. A new device called Front Shield Generator also adds to play-style variety, giving pilots three modes to work with. Avenger reflects shots back to attackers, All Day converts blocked damage into weapon energy, and On Your Left provides a smaller shield that automatically turns toward the closest enemy facing the player.
The Rockfish team took note of pilots who weren’t happy with level scaling, especially at the beginning of the game. It was a challenge to find a balance for those who like a tough challenge and those who want to feel powerful throughout, but the new system does just that. There are multiple layers to how the new system works but, instead of enemies leveling with players constantly within a given level range per star system, their progress will be attached to world progression. Be it player level, major plot points, or entering a new system, players will be able to level beyond their enemies to a degree. If certain conditions are met, previous game areas will level up in a way that will be reflected in the game’s lore.
Read the “Ancient Rifts” Steam community post for a deeper dive into the update including a selection of legendary items to be found in the game as well as a full list of all added features, tweaks, and fixes.
Watch a new trailer below.