Everspace is set to receive a hefty update for Xbox One and Windows 10

Everspace is an arcade single-player space shooter with roguelike elements. Death is inevitable in Everspace, as the procedurally generated (and incredibly gorgeous) space sectors become increasingly difficult. However, you retain perks and unlocks after each run, giving the game a strong progression layer with a rewarding slant.

The latest update will arrive in the next few days, and it will add an all-new heavy-class ship, new planet types, points of interest, and more. It also brings stability improvements for the Windows 10 UWP version of the game, available in the Store.

The new Colonial Gunship comes packed with all sorts of toys and capabilities. It has a large hull for storing items found in the field, a fusion blaster and flak cannon as primary weapons, accompanied by heavy missiles, mines, probes, drones, and a defensive turret that can be upgraded. The Gunship doesn't pack a shield generator, and moves slower than other ships available in the game, meaning that it relies on nanobots and other defensive abilities to survive.

The new update also splits perks between Pilot perks and Ship perks, giving you even more ways to progress. The new perk system allows Rockfish Games to differentiate the ships available further, by offering bonuses exclusive to each. This new patch should also improve the game's performance across the board.

New planet type!

Rockfish Games noted that there are some issues with regards to free Game Preview trials in the Windows 10 Store, so it has been disabled for the time being. But you can still try out the game for free on Xbox One.

Everspace is an Xbox Play Anywhere title, meaning that if you buy it once, you can play it across Windows 10 and Xbox One and maintain your saves, achievements and general progression across both via the cloud. Everspace is one of the best space games on Xbox One and the Windows 10 Store, even in preview. So I highly recommend you give it a try!

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  • Looking forward to trying this on Oculus Rift!
  • This game sounds interesting, like a more action focused Space game. I'll have to try it out.
  • There's no longer a free trial on Xbox One... Unless there's a problem there as well.
  • How does this game compare to Elite Dangerous: Horizons?  Aside from the fact that it's a pretty darn good first-person space game, I love the fact that I can simply be an explorer, heading out into the deepest of space and avoid other players (real and computer-generated) completely.
  • Very far... Elite Dangerous is more to the simulation side and 1:1 emulation of the galaxy. The game is on the slow side of things but it is much more flexible on what type of game you want it to be. Everspace is a game you jumped in, shoot things, watch pretty things blows up, go to next objective which is to blow up even more pretty things.
  • Apples & oranges dude. It's a roguelike game for a starter. You are dropped into increasingly difficult, procedurally generated levels where you fight bad guys, mine, gather resources, craft and move on to the next level. Eventually and inevitably you will die after which you go back to the start with nothing and try to get further than you did last time. It sounds like less fun than it actually is, but it's quite addictive.
  • Have you ever heard of Sublevel Zero? This reminds me of that. It's as though we can make an analogy: if Sublevel Zero is to the Descent series, then Everspace (presumably) is to the Freespace series.
  • I'm sold. Freespace 2 was an AWESOME game. I really loved it :).
  • Trial kept crashing for me. Tried again after a few days and it said my trial expired :( wtf.