Early access games can be hit or miss. But they have paved the way for a resurgence in space games. I’ll take the misses for every Elite: Dangerous and Kerbal Space Program we get. If you’re looking for something a bit more action-oriented, ROCKFISH Games’ Everspace should be right up your alley.

The indie studio announced the game is coming to early access platforms on September 14th for $29.99. Xbox’s Chris Charla announced Everspace is ushering in the Xbox Preview Program on Windows 10.

“I’m excited to announce that Game Preview will be coming to Windows 10 later this year with Everspace from our friends at Rockfish as the debut title,” says Charla. “I’m super happy that we’re enabling PC gamers to preview and purchase work-in-progress digital titles, participate in the development process and help developers make Windows 10 games the best they can be.”

Yep, exciting times to be a PC gamer. It’s not like we haven’t been neck deep in early access for years already through Steam. All kidding aside, the move to include early access titles on Windows 10 is just another indicator of how serious Microsoft is getting with their Windows 10 game store.

Did You Know: Early access games have proven popular on Xbox One too. ARK: Survival Evolved is a huge success on Steam and has seen similar success on Xbox One. Back in April, ARK surpassed 1 million copies sold on Xbox One. The demand for fun games, even if they are early access, is there.

The tight integration between Windows 10 and Xbox One via Xbox Play Anywhere extends to Everspace. Buy it on Xbox One and you’ll get a copy for Windows 10 and vice versa.

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What is Everspace?

It’s obvious from the beta trailer ROCKFISH Games is leaning heavy into action. But there’s also trading and mining.

Here’s how the developer describes Everspace:

“We take a more action-focused approach to the core gameplay of a space shooter and combine it with a modern, rogue-like game loop taking you on a challenging journey through an ever-changing, yet beautifully crafted universe.”

The hallmark of rogue-like games is to make sure no two encounters are alike. Here’s a taste of the different settings we’ll see when Everspace hits early access next month.

everspace environments

It all sounds great, but what exactly will we be playing on September 14th? ROCKFISH laid out their roadmap in the announcement.

For the launch, a challenging showdown will be added to the final sector, which players can try to conquer after they have beaten the first six sectors. Later this year, two additional player ships with individual characteristics and different starting gear will be added, as well. The full release is scheduled for Q1 2017 and will feature a fully voice-acted non-linear story with several thoughtfully designed characters and situation-based events, as well as the Hardcore Mode and full VR support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive.

Fully voice-acted story? Sign me the hell up.

I haven’t bought an Xbox Preview Program game yet, but Everspace is going to change that. Now all we need is some multiplayer.

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