It’s almost three years too late, but Kerbal Space Program 2 is almost here, provided you don’t mind a few rough edges. Private Division has revealed that the sequel to his rocket-building game will be available as an Early Access release on February 24 through Steam, the Epic Games Store, and other online stores. The new title packs a slew of content and feature updates, but arguably the biggest improvement is ease of use – this could be worth checking out if you were put off by the learning curve of the original.
KSP2 includes “completely revamped” vehicle assembly and flight interfaces that, according to the developers, are more amenable to rookies without taking away from the challenge. Newcomers will also see tutorial animations. Add in a new maneuver planner and a more useful time warp (it’s now an option while accelerating) and the game should be less intimidating, not to mention less monotonous on long journeys.
Whatever your skill level, the scope will be much wider. The first release will feature new environments with more detailed atmospheres and terrain, as well as new space technology with customizable parts. You will see much more later. KSP2 will finally add interstellar travel, and you can build colonies with habitats and space stations. Multiplayer is also on the roadmap for friends who either want to work together in space exploration or improve each other’s performance.
The new game will only be available on PCs during Early Access, and it is not certain when the finished release will be ready. The first Kerbal Space Program it took four years to get out of the pre-release phase, so you may have to wait a long(er) if you’re a console fan or just want a polished product.
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