Endless Space 2 Hits Early Access Next Week

Interstellar 4X strategy game Endless Space 2 [official site] will launch onto Steam Early Access on Thursday next week, October 6th, developers Amplitude Studios announced today – narrowly missing its planned September launch. The initial release will only come with half of its factions, but that’s early access for you – it’s not finished, yeah? Fraser Brown dug a preview version he played, so it sounds like it’ll have a good heart. Spacefingers crossed, anyway.

Here’s a chunk of what Fraser thought of that preview version:

“I confess that I might be sold on the early game already. The influence of Endless Legend is clear and welcome, with its quests and fleshed-out, unique races, but it’s the new way of looking at the people who make up these space empires that’s left me most intrigued. The need to juggle all these different species and population groups within the faction is a wrinkle that, until now, hasn’t really been explored in a 4X game – at least not to this extent. The big question, then, is how will Endless Space 2 handle the late game, where so many 4Xs fall apart.”

Do also check out his interview with Amplitude – good stuff.

Amplitude have already taken Endless Legend and Dungeon of the Endless through early access, and Legend emerged as our favourite game of 2014, so I’d be confident it’ll come out all finished and spaceship-shape. Especially now they have the backing of new owner Sega.

Amplitude said in the early access date announcement:

“We kind of know the drill now. :) The apprehension and pressure are still here nonetheless: we want to make a good first impression and want to deliver a version that should be as polished as what we’ve gotten you used to. Therefore, the game you will be able to play next week is the alpha version of Endless Space 2: it will be missing some features which aren’t implemented yet, but will also include mechanics we want to improve with your help. Note that the core gameplay will be there, so you’ll get a good idea of what the game is about already.”

Or hey, wait until it’s all done and finished.

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12 Comments

  1. peterako1989 says:

    Didn’t they got a deal with SEGA? Why early access?

    • Zenicetus says:

      Because it worked well for their previous games?

      They’ve done some interesting things with user input during the EA period, like polls to decide which feature to focus on, or a contest for faction design where the winner gets their faction included in the final game. At least in the past, they’ve struck a good balance between user input and maintaining creative vision.

      Also, the main weakness of the studio (IMO) has been in AI programming, and EA can provide testing and feedback for improving it.

    • aepervius says:

      If you want my cynic take on it, because it lower their risks ? They can cut lose if they see it does not go well ?

      • Zenicetus says:

        I don’t think that’s plausible, especially with Sega now backing the company.

        This will be the fourth game they’ve rolled through an EA period. Whether this particular game is a success or not remains to be seen, but they know what they’re doing with Early Access. I think they were one of the first companies to introduce the concept.

  2. Hedgeclipper says:

    Those are space squid eyes not fairy lights.

  3. mercyRPG says:

    You don’t have control over the combat, nothing like fantastic MOO1 or MOO2. Endless Space 2 EPIC FAIL!

    Can’t wait for Ancient Frontier a true turn based space combat game in the making!
    link to store.steampowered.com

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      teije says:

      EPIC SILLY COMMENT

    • Sizeable Dirk says:

      Every space strategy game is always compared to MOO2, but just EPIC FAIL‘ing one for not carbon copying the combat system and trying to do its own thing?

    • RedViv says:

      Sad!

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    teije says:

    Imagine this will be pretty good and as polished as most of their titles. Endless Space was a solid, good game, but not outstanding. Hopefully this will build on that foundation. Good times for lovers of space 4x these days.

  5. husky65 says:

    You are comparing 2 different genres, Endless Space is 4X, Ancient Frontier appears to be fleet command.

    Essentially, choose what you want to be – Emperor or Admiral, then pick the game that suits.

  6. zero signal says:

    Lets hope it’s not such a dreary spreadsheet-fest this time. The first one had promising gameplay, but it was almost entirely devoid of any personality whatsoever. They seem to have picked up a few tricks in the interim though, so hopefully this will be more like Endless Legend and less like Endless Space in the character department.