ROCKFISH Games have just released a major update to Everspace, adding the all-new Hardcore Mode, TrackIR, and fully customizable HOTAS (joystick) support.
The update to the Steam and GOG.com version of the space-based shooting game brings much requested elements and further updates are still planned.
The original Kickstarter extras for the game, a soundtrack and art book, have also been made available now. Anyone who missed out on the soundtrack and the art book can now upgrade to the EVERSPACE Deluxe Edition for $9.99 on Steam.
The stand-alone Hardcore Mode offers a whole new level of challenge for veteran pilots. It is as demanding as hard difficulty, but players are not allowed to improve their starting conditions. Each new run starts out with the same fixed set of pilot perks and without any ship perks upgraded. Players can upgrade ship perks only at the end of each sector, provided they have collected enough credits. Hardcore Mode also introduces another nasty surprise: before entering a new sector, players must select from different “handicap” modifiers which have adverse effects on the overall gameplay, letting them choose between the frying pan or the fire.
“EVERSPACE is still as fast-paced and twitchy as ever, so we still think that using the mouse and keyboard is the best way to fly. But, some of our fans have been pretty vocal about it, and we heard them loud and clear: they are finally able to use their HOTAS to pilot their space ship on their dangerous journey,” said Michael Schade, CEO and co-founder of ROCKFISH Games.