Everspace beta is available for backers - celebrate with a gorgeous new trailer | PCGamesN

Everspace beta is available for backers - celebrate with a gorgeous new trailer


Now I know you're probably waiting for No Man's Sky to get your deep space fix, but Everspace actually looks really great and is offering something a bit different. Plus, you can actually play the beta now, if you throw some money at it. 

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A few years back I was complaining about the lack of space games, and now there are loads of them. Three of the biggest are focused on recreating the feeling of freedom and limitless exploration the vastness of space would offer, but Everspace is more about exciting space battles and that's kinda refreshing.

It also looks amazing. Honestly. Just look at it.

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There's obviously an audience for this sort of thing, as Everspace has become the most funded German game on Kickstarter, and that's not counting what's been raised through the game's website. 

If it looks like the sort of thing you'd back, you can still throw money at the project on the Everspace site. Choose the right tier and you'll get access to the closed beta which is running currently.

Let us know if you've had a crack. I want to know if it's as great as it looks. 

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1 Year ago

This looks suitably arcadey and I like that. I miss arcadey games. I'm just saddend that the ships are once again of the herdlike ubiquity of being dull and uninspired jet fighters in space. Siiiigh. I know, I know, I'm sorry. It's just that if there were one game to break up the aforementioned ubiquity, to throw off the chains of mediocrity and actually do something truly original, interesting, and new with spaceships for a change. That'd be lovely.

Everyone is just being crotchety, angry old men, stuck in a Star Wars paradigm where nothing can ever, ever change. I saw the first Star Wars in a picture house, too. It doesn't mean that I'm not capable of adapting to new technologies and new possibilities, it doesn't mean that I don't have the imagination to conjure up the kinds of brilliant starships it would be impossible for us even come close to crafting today.

Instead of just, you know, jet fighters. Which are everywhere. But this time in space. Woo. Woo. Hooray. Woo. Woo... Hooray... Woooooo... And this is where my enthusiasm for space games has gone.

I used to be every bit as enthusiastic about them as you. I'm just tired of this holding pattern where only the aesthetics or the gameplay changes in tiny, tiny increments. There's really not any difference between the space bits of this, Star Citizen, Elite: Dangerous, No Man's Sky, or any other ship-in-space game, is there? And that's the problem: Old man ubiquity. Ubiquity meant for people wearing trousers up to their armpits who seem incapable of change and adapting.

Not young myself. I'm just not an old man. I'm just old. For whatever reason, my brain doesn't seem to fetishise my teenage years. If it did, I'd probably feel too much of an attachment to the '80s. And whilst good things did come out of it (Ulysses 31, Willy Fog, Dogtanian, the Sega Master System, Wonderboy III: The Dragon's Trap, et al), I actually view the golden age of games as being somewhere more around the mid '90s to the early '00s. You know, before the crash of '06 that killed off ingenuity.

And now I'm craving a modern space game that actually looks at what technology is capable and considers how interesting a spaceship of the future might actually be. Rather than, you know, jet fighters. Again. Again, again. Again, again, again. Again, again, again, again.

I looked in on this hoping that it wouldn't be jet fighters. That's why I'm here. That's why I keep checking. And hoping. In vain.