After a delay of nearly three years, Kerbal Space Program 2 has finally arrived. Well some of them. Just like the original spaceflight simulator, the sequel has been released in Steam early access, with ambitious plans to build on its basic sandbox. Colonies, interstellar travel, and multiplayer are coming eventually, adding features that don’t exist in Kerbal Space Program. But with none of these features at launch, fans of the original game are questioning whether it makes sense to start playing Kerbal Space Program 2 just yet.
A “no” to that question was the conclusion of our own launch impressions. “Without the skeleton of a campaign or progression present, Kerbal Space Program 2 can often feel like it’s in the middle of an ocean, clinging to a piece of wood,” we wrote. “It’s got depth you can drown in, but there’s no easy way to navigate it without the (supposed) support of your community.”
As of Monday, the KSP2 user verdict is a definite “Mixed” on Steam with 50% positive reviews. Here’s a breakdown of some of the most common complaints – as well as praise – from Steam reviews so far.
performance is difficult
“Kerbal Space Program 2 FPS” – Steam reviewer Flekso (they even gave it a thumbs up)
“We don’t have all the features of KSP on day one, but KSP2 is a fundamental improvement in many ways. . On a positive note, loading times have been drastically reduced, the UI has received a huge boost across the board, procedural aircraft wings, live switching to tracking station, and major improvements to vessel switching just to name a few. some. performance is what kills it right now, even if its specs far exceed what’s recommended.” – Steam reviewer Mike Honcho
“It uses 70% of a 4090 only to have a CPU bottleneck at 75 fps. I can’t imagine how bad it is on lower or even mid-tier systems.” – Reviewer Steam Crimsonblod
“No matter the graphics settings, I always get less than 20 FPS running a 3070. Not to mention the game-breaking bugs… I have high hopes, but will refund until performance is fixed. You can’t test a game to find bugs and make suggestions if the game is not playable.” – Steam reviewer AdmiralViper
“This game wasn’t ready for early access. The lack of content isn’t the problem, it’s the terrible performance. The NUMBER ONE problem with KSP1 was performance, and yet they released it in an even worse state. I have one 5950x and 4090 and still, I get 15-20 FPS during launches with a rocket that is just complex enough to get to Mun and back. I wish they had waited a few more months to optimize. -Steam reviewer, Dr. Neeley
it’s very buggy
“Since the game is unplayable. the parts will not be selected correctly, if you are building your ship, there is a chance that it will end up on the ground with no way to retrieve it. even small ships can start to fall apart. I i have accidentally erased my ship from orbit more than once and there is no guarantee that saving and reloading quickly will help with this issue.i have gone through moons and planets in timewarp, loved the first game but this one needs a lot of work, could be a lot early access to early access.” – Steam reviewer’s Sigguard
“I would like to recommend this game, but it cannot be played. For example, how can I create satellites if each of them can, at any time, change orbit to a collision course.” – Reviewer Steam Ash.
“- craft exploding spontaneously, apparently for no reason.
– Conics and flight paths disappear when crossing the SOI of a body.
– craft CHANGE OF FLIGHT PATHS when not being controlled or flown. Try to dock with a haunted ship.
– had a bewildering spinning ghost kerbal in a pod stalking me my entire trip to Gilly, including on the surface. It would appear and then suddenly disappear for no reason.
– decouplers, engines, and other critical items that don’t appear on the prep list in the VAB or in-flight.” – Steam reviewer samjacbak
“I want to like this game, but the bug makes it extremely difficult to do things like an Apollo-style Mun mission because you get kraken’d when trying to undock. You have cargo bays that cling to your legs when they shouldn’t, so you don’t can tear them apart, and a host of other issues. As much new and good stuff as the developers bring with it, these bugs are all impediments and should never have been allowed into the public release.” – Steam reviewer almagnus1
Many players are excited about the graphical upgrade
“This game’s graphics are unrealistic and I find myself constantly taking screenshots” – Steam Shrekticle reviewer
“The sound design and graphic review are stylistically and qualitatively AWESOME.” – Steam Reviewer Thygrrr
“nice graphics, better UI, lots of new quality of life additions, sound design is top notch, planets are beautiful and the load times are INSANE for me in terms of speed. KSP 1 has never loaded so fast for me. .. Wait at least a few months for them to sort everything out. I firmly believe the game WILL be good eventually! But as of now…” – Steam reviewer Collcroc123
There’s still fun to be had, even with limited resources…
“the rocket still rises” – Steam reviewer retro
“This is how early access should be used. It’s buggy, but it’s a lot of fun. As long as they deliver the features and optimizations over time, it’s worth buying now. I believe so. We’ve seen previews of many of them already. I’m having so much fun just playing with it as is.” – Reviewer Steam Veritas
“Overall, I didn’t mind (and seeing the direction they’re going with KSP 2, I still don’t mind) giving them my money for this game. It’s very obvious that this is still very early alpha. It takes money to make these games, and while the $50 price tag seems high, I’m willing to bet it on the product this will be built on… Personally, I’m treating this more like a pre-order with a playable demo. – Steam fillmore reviewer from the show fillmore
…but you’re probably better off playing KSP1 for now
“I really don’t want to have to say this, but just go play ksp 1 for three or four months and see how that goes. It’s a beautiful but buggy shell of what ksp 1 is. Even without mods. Even ignoring the lack of several key features (campaign mode, any of the promises made during the last three years), the current state is genuinely as bare bones as early versions of KSP 1, just with worse UI. to be better, but it’s TOO confusing and hard to read to be considered better.)” – Reviewer Steam Crimsonblod
“In its current state, KSP2 is better than KSP1 in a few ways. Unfortunately, it’s also worse in dozens of ways.” – Steam reviewer samjacbak
“The game in its current state lacks key features and quality of life features that simply impede any kind of creative freedom that KSP has inspired and nurtured. First of course, wobbly rockets, this feature really makes you avoid the over-engineering and crazy creations you want to try out in-game. The addition of new, bigger parts is almost completely overshadowed by the fact that using/building with them just isn’t worth the headache.” – Reviewer for Steam Fecal Flinger
“A positive aspect of KSP 2 is the changes made to the user experience, the user interface and the onboarding process. These improvements make the game much more accessible and once optimized it will no doubt be much smoother. The changes are impressive, and it’s clear that the developers have put a lot of thought into them… Overall, if you’re interested in KSP 2, I would only recommend buying it if you intend to provide feedback and help the developers test the game. the game is fully released.” – Steam reviewer Mrbluestar
“Just wait. There’s a diamond in the rough, but there’s A LOT in the rough.” – Reviewer for Steam Ath