How many sites used the word "launched" instead of "released" for their headline on this one?
Profiles of three alien astronauts near an alien world with a custom rocket ship soaring over the planet.

After a series of delays and whatnots, Kerbal Space Program 2 is now available for purchase. The game isn't complete or anything, but is instead an Early Access release on the PC. This sequel to the rocket building, space exploration game will get you back just $49.99 (USD) through Steam, the Epic Games Store, the Private Division Store, and other digital storefronts.

Kerbal Space Program 2 comes out of the gate with over 350 original and improved ship parts. Some of the parts offered include procedural wings, new command pods, engines, wheels, cargo parts, and the "first of many advanced fuel types" with liquid hydrogen. A new parts size category is added which will pave the way "for upcoming interstellar-class parts as the game expands." You can now also color your ship parts to make them unique to you.

New players will have the benefit of learning from interactive, animated tutorials that teach some rocket building basics. Kerbal Space Program 2 will also include other improvements such as a redesigned user interface, user-friendly vehicle assembly tools, new map view iconography that better show trajectory data. You can now also warp time forward even while accelerating, which should help speed up some of those longer space flights. You can now also pause time and issue commands before resuming.

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In addition, Kerbal Space Program 2 offers a greatly enhanced visual and immersive audio experience. All the beloved celestial bodies from the original game have been remade using an all-new terrain system that allows for unprecedented detail and variety - the Kerbolar System is now rich with new points of interest to discover. Sound completes the player’s immersion, with rocket SFX sampled directly from real launches and a musical score that changes dynamically based on the flight conditions at hand.

“We have laid a foundation with Kerbal Space Program 2 that we plan to continue to build upon for many years to come,” said Michael Cook, Franchise Director of Kerbal Space Program 2 at Private Division. “Early Access is just the start of our journey. We will launch multiple big feature updates ultimately culminating in our 1.0 release.”

After Kerbal Space Program 2 launches in Early Access, Intercept Games will release multiple innovative features throughout the proceeding months. Some of the highlights to come include:
  • Next-Generation Technology: Players will unlock future technologies, allowing them to build at larger scales and use new fuels and propulsion systems. These capabilities will enable players to venture beyond the limits of the original Kerbolar System and into unexplored star systems.
  • Colonies: A highly requested and anticipated feature for the sequel, players will be able to locate and extract valuable resources, then use those materials to build custom bases on distant celestial bodies or in deep space. Colonies not only present their own physics challenge in construction, but these habitations are a necessary stepping stone to furthering deep space exploration and beyond.
  • Interstellar Travel: KSP2 will present players with the challenge of interstellar navigation. They must venture across the gulf of interstellar space inside fusion-powered megaships capable of incredible speeds. Upon arrival at new star systems, they will be able to deploy landers and rovers to explore the planets waiting to be discovered.
  • Multiplayer: Players will be able to both cooperate and compete with friends to explore space together and achieve historic milestones in their own space race. Multiplayer unlocks endless potential for adventures, completists, and “unexpected” vehicle collisions.
  • Modding: Kerbal fans are keen to share the plethora of mods available for the original game, and Intercept Games plans to make the sequel even more mod-friendly by releasing additional developments aimed to support the modding community.
  • And more: There will be plenty of quality-of-life improvements, bug fixes, features, and more as the game develops in Early Access, so stay tuned for updates.