Two Early Access games are now available on Steam. The first is Kerbal Space Program 2, developed by Intercept Games and published by Private Division. The second is Sons of the Forest by Endnight Games and Newnight.
These are both big hitters in the world of Early Access.
Sons of the Forest
Sons of the Forest is the sequel to fan favourite The Forest (2014). Similarly to the first game, players are stranded on an isolated and mysterious island after a plane crash landing.
While the first game was about finding a missing child, the second game has a billionaire (for some reason). Stopping you again are cannibals and human hybrid experiments that inhabit the island. I always felt bad for them.
As in the first game, it is a story-focused crafting survival game. You can spend all your time making a base and not bother with the story or only focus on the main story until the end.
You can play solo or in multiplayer, and they will again take on player feedback to make the best experience possible. While the first game had a unique gameplay adventure loop, it will be interesting to see if they can repeat that success again. If they do more of the same, I am sure it will again be a memorable survival horror experience.
The Forest came out on PlayStation 4, so maybe Sons of the Forest will see a console release, but so far, no news on that.
Kerbal Space Program 2
Kerbal Space Program 2 is the sequel to the mind-bending space simulator Kerbal Space Program (2011). Like the first game, it features a realistic orbital physics engine, allowing various real-life orbital manoeuvres. While still being fun for the non-scientists out there. It is like Lemmings in space.
The sequel will feature multiplayer, a way to make orbital and planetary colonies, and interstellar travel. It will also feature tutorials and be more user-friendly for new players.
It is worth mentioning that most of the planned features aren’t in the game yet. Science mechanics, colonies, interstellar travel, multiplayer, improved exploration and resource gathering are not currently present.
Instead of making a new game, they could have just revamped the original, but I guess it is easier to make a sequel and build that up from what you made before. The Paradox Interactive and Paradox Development Studio’s way of making grand strategy games. Electronic Arts love doing that with their sports games.
The game will be available on PlayStation and Xbox Series X after the Eary Access period has ended.