Endless Space 2 screenshot of the Riftborn fighter squadrons in flight

Besides the usual batch of balance changes and bug fixes, Endless Space 2's Target Locked Update has brought in some rather interesting new content. You can now create dedicated fighter and bomber squadrons to escort your ships, with the bombers being more aggressive and the fighters more defensive, as well as embark on a brand new quest that will have you scour the galaxy in order to figure out who has been letting loose vast swarms of fighters.

Since these are cool new ships we're talking about, allow me to share with you the recently posted preview trailer. It should give you a good idea of what exactly the Target Locked Update brings to the table, as well as offer a close up look at the new escort squadrons in action. Have a gander:

For those of you interested in all of the balance changes and bug fixes, you'll find the full patch notes over at Steam. I haven't played Endless Space 2 in a while so take the following with a few grains of salt, but none of the new changes appear to be immensely important. So if you just want to drop in and continue your campaign, I think you'll be just fine. Have fun, and here's a few more images showing off the new squadrons:

Endless Space 2 screenshot of the Vodyani squadron swarm

Endless Space 2 screenshot of the Horatio bombers in action

Endless Space 2 screenshot of the United Empire bombers in flight