Zero-gravity salvage sim Hardspace: Shipbreaker’s two-year track through Steam Early Access ends next month as developer Blackbird Interactive opens the studio for the full version on Steam and the Windows Store and Xbox Game Pass on May 24.
Hardspace, in case you missed it, is a very satisfying game that cuts derelict spaceships from your orbital wrecking yard, stripping space shuttles and freighters until they’re nothing but spare parts and scrap. Of course, spacecraft are complex beasts, and the threat of explosive decompression, a ruptured engine core, or being slammed into the head by 10 tons of cordless steel is a constant occupational hazard.
At launch, all Hardspace offered was a couple of loose ships to unlock and dismantle — honestly, that’s all it really needed. But over the past two years, Blackbird has delved deeper into the game’s critique of high-orbit labor violations with more boats, more tools, a home to decorate, and even a full-blown voice campaign, resulting in Expanded Shipbreaker.
Blackbird hasn’t revealed what’s new next month, though I’ll assume another action in the story to end the campaign and hopefully more ships and tools to launch.