It’s time for Kerbal Space Program 2! Today, let’s spread joy with rocket explosions

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Yes, there will be explosions as you progress through the physics-based game; in fact, the launch trailer depicts a rocket launch gone horribly wrong with boosters spiraling and exploding. Fortunately, the onboard Kerbonaut pulls the abort system just in time for the parachute to open.

Eleven years after the release of the first installment, the space exploration game that made celebrities like Elon Musk of SpaceX and Tory Bruno of United Launch Alliance famous is getting a follow-up. That sequel is appropriately titled Kerbal Space Program 2. In honor of the PC early access launch today (Feb. 24), a brand-new cinematic trailer was released.

Although a 1985 Howard Jones song playing in the trailer serves as a gentle reminder that there will be some hard work required to get there, space settlements, lunar bases, and incredible interstellar exploration are all waiting for us: “Do you experience fear? I do, but I won’t falter; besides, if we got rid of everything, things would only get better.”

The early release program is being used by KSP2’s Private Division and Intercept Games as a chance to gather user feedback before the larger release, which will be available on a variety of consoles and other platforms.

Our editor-in-chief Tariq Malik played the sequel game at an event earlier in February and discovered that it is intended to be a softer experience for new players.

He claimed that the tutorial system uses animations rather than text and improves the game’s intuitiveness. With the system, Malik was able to reach space quickly, even though his Kerbonaut experienced rather strong G forces.

In the future, there will be a variety of new alien planets to discover, improved space travel technology, parts that can be customized, exploration tools like time warp and “maneuver planners,” and an improved planetary system with clouds, atmosphere, and terrain. However, not all features are yet available in the early access version.

According to the creators, the early access version of the game “offers more than 350 new and improved parts as well as the first of many advanced fuel types: Liquid hydrogen.” “The game also has expanded tutorials, completely new UI [user interface], and improved visuals, among many other enhancements. In a physics-based sandbox, players will experiment with customizable parts, build strong spacecraft, and travel across vast celestial bodies while learning through animated tutorials.”

Today, February 24, Kerbal Space Program 2 goes live in early access. Green Man Gaming is currently offering it for 10% off at $44.99 (opens in new tab).

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