How to play Everspace 2 on Windows 7 (Steam/GOG)

Everspace 2 Windows 7
Everspace 2 Screenshot

Everspace 2 is now available on PC as an early access title via both Steam and GOG. This is a fast-paced single-player spaceship shooter from ROCKFISH Games. More and more titles are moving towards using Directx 12 as their primary API, and this is understandable. However, because of this, many Windows 7 users are left in the cold, and they have to find other ways to play the game. If you want to play Everspace 2 on Windows 7, here is how you can do so.

Everspace 2 has launched as an early access title and will remain in that state for at least 12 months. During this period developers will communicate with gamers, and with their input improve, and balance the game. Players should expect around 25 hours of content in this state, and more will be added with content updates. Everspace 2 is on Steam’s top seller’s list and has a Very Positive review score as well.

Everspace 2 on Windows 7

As we mentioned above, the reason Windows 7 can’t play Everspace 2 by default is that it runs on Directx 12. This API isn’t supported by Windows 7, and because of that, games simply don’t run. However, even though the game runs at Directx 12, you can still access the Directx 11 mode. This can be done on both Steam and GOG. To do this, simply follow the steps below. This method also helps if you are running into constant GPU crashes.


  • Open Steam, and find Everspace 2 in your library
  • Right-click on it and select Properties
  • Now, in the General tab, simply type the following line under SET LAUNCH OPTIONS, as shown below
Everspace 2 Windows 7

Re-launch the game. This method also works if you have the game installed on Windows 7, and can’t seem to run it.


  • Open GOG, and then find Everspace 2 in your library
  • Right-click on it click on “Show folder”
  • This will take you to where the game is installed
  • Locate the Everspace 2 executable, and right-click on it
  • Select Properties, and open the Shortcut tab
  • Here, you want to add -dx11 at the end of the Target and press Ok


While you are here, make sure you check out our other guides for Everspace 2 as well.

The support for Windows 7 isn’t that common anymore, and many developers want to utilize modern APIs to get the best visuals. Now, this might discourage for some users that are still on Windows 7, but going forward in 2021, it might be best to upgrade to Windows 10 and make use of its features. For some users, Windows 7 is more than enough, but it might become a bit limited as more games come out.

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