Kerbal Space Program 2 Early Access divides fans over performance issues, bugs, and more

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Kerbal Space Program 2 has launched in Steam Early Access to myriad performance issues and bugs, leaving its community less than impressed. 

Issues began last week before launch with the rollout of the recommended specifications to play the space sim. In short, even the minimum PC specifications are a tall order most folk won’t be able to match. Many players had believed that Kerbal Space Program 2 wouldn’t be too demanding, as the first certainly wasn’t.

“First and foremost, we need to apologize for how the initial rollout of the hardware specs communication went,” community lead Michael Loreno says in a Steam blog post (opens in new tab). “It was confusing and distressful for many of you, and we’re here to provide clarity.

“The game is certainly playable on machines below our min spec, but because no two people play the game exactly the same way (and because a physics sandbox game of this kind creates literally limitless potential for players to build anything and go anywhere), it’s very challenging to predict the experience that any particular player will have on day one. 

“We’ve chosen to be conservative for the time being, in order to manage player expectations. We will update these spec recommendations as the game evolves.”

Things would only get worse from there. A day after the blog post, the game launched in Early Access to various performance complaints (opens in new tab) and bug reports. While Early Access games are often far from finished at launch, some fans found Kerbal Space Program 2 to be a bit too far from done. (opens in new tab)

Since its launch, Intercept Games has posted a list of known issues (opens in new tab) alongside some recommended workarounds. If you’re having problems, it’s worth checking it out while the developer works on its next patch.

New players might love Kerbal Space Program 2, but its veteran community is far from convinced.

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