Kerbal Space Program 2 launches into early access in February 2023

Kerbal Space Program 2

Shooting for the Mun

The next step of the Kerbal space adventure is lifting off next year. Kerbal Space Program is launching into early access on February 24, 2023 for PC.

Early access will be available on PC through Steam, the Epic Game Store, and other digital storefronts. Development will continue, as Intercept Games keeps working on features and tuning in the months after launch.

To showcase all this, Intercept released a lengthy developer update today, announcing the news and detailing what’s in store for the early access launch.

Right out of the gate, players will be able to customize parts for your space-bound vehicles. There are over 350 new and improved parts in Kerbal Space Program 2, which is a lot of different options for making a rocket that will blast into orbit in a very undignified manner, if you play Kerbal like I do.

While catastrophes can be fun, getting into space is the goal. Fo players like me, there are going to be improved onboarding tools, according to Intercept. New animated tutorials and revamped interfaces are intended to help new players.

One small step for Kerbal

Other quality-of-life features are working their way in, too. Updated UI is a big one, as are indicators for doing interplanetary maneuvers. Alongside that, there’s a lot more detail in the environments you’ll be blasting off to explore.

While the original Kerbal Space Program lit the hearts of aspiring rocket engineers aflame, the follow-up has been bouncing around in the lab. This sequel has been in development for quite some time.

Although it’s been a while, I am keen to see what Private Division and Intercept do with Kerbal Space Program 2. Their ambitions for the game have seemed pretty lofty, stretching out into some wild areas of space exploration. But it’s that venturous attitude that has me interested to see what the talented Kerbal engineers can do with the new tools.

So whether you’re a newcomer looking to stars or a seasoned Kerbal engineer, it looks like there will be new tools to tinker with in the new year. Kerbal Space Program launches its PC early access on February 24, 2023.

Eric Van Allen