Blast off! Endless Space 2 released early

It’s cruel that Endless Space 2 [official site] doesn’t launch until tomorrow when the review embargo has already lifted and Fraser Brown has gushingly told us Wot He Thinks of the spacey 4X strategy. It’s a great game and we can’t play it yet because we’re not fancy-fancy like him. I guess we’re sitting on our hands for another day an- hold on! It’s out! Endless Space 2 is out! A day ahead of schedule, developers Amplitude Studios have launched the big update which frees the game from the orbit of early access and blasts it off into the great unknown.

“Look who’s home early…” the scamps say. It’s you, it is.

For those who have avoided Endless Space 2 until it was finished, here’s a hunk of Fraser’s WIT:

“Factions aren’t just defined by their unique techs and fancy powers, however. They set the tone and inspire certain types of playstyles, but the politics system has just as big an impact. It’s perhaps the biggest hook that sets Endless Space 2 apart from Endless Legend, and its influence permeates throughout the entire game.”

I want that.

If you have been playing during early access, you’ll find the launch update is a biggun. It brings the new Unfallen faction, modding support, cloud saves, a new tutorial, new quests, new technologies, new events, AI improvements, balance adjustments, and oodles of tweaks and fixes. Check the patch notes for the lot.

Saves from early access will not work with the launch version, mind. “We’ve removed a lot of old files that were only kept in there to keep the saves working between beta versions,” Amplitude say. “We’re now removing all that to start with a clean slate!” They also have a hot technical tip:

We strongly recommend you delete your Registry.xml file. It is normally located in: C:\Users\[yourusername]\Documents\Endless Space 2\Users\

I’ve barely touched 4X strategy games beyond Civ over the years but, emboldened by my first ever victory in Stellaris last night, I’m feeling well up for this.

8 Comments

  1. causticnl says:

    also worth noting is today you can still get it for the early access price (wich is lower).

  2. Drib says:

    I kind of want to pick this up, but I’ve been playing Stellaris ad nauseum.

    At least there doesn’t’ seem to be any permanent “pre order or never get this content” nonsense, so hey. I’ll pick it up sometime.

  3. Banks says:

    The art style is sublime.

  4. Someoldguy says:

    If you’re the glass-half-empty kind of player I’d check out the “known issues” section of the 1.0 patch before rushing in with your cash. Minor things like the game getting stuck at End Turn and savegames getting corrupted are still in there.

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      Solrax says:

      Hmm, I see what you mean. There are some serious bugs listed there. I think I’ll wait an update or two before buying.

      Thanks for the tip!

  5. automatic says:

    Let us stick our flags on those floating rocks and claim ownership at once!

    • NonCavemanDan says:

      “But there’s people already living there!”
      “Do they have a flag?”
      “No, but-”
      “No flag, no planet! That’s the rules (that I just made up)…”