Very nice finding out about Everspace 2 coming on steam by the end of the year on early access !
The magnet device dfinitly seems very enjoyable on close combat environment, and definitly innovative so I'm looking forward to it !
I have to agree with other users that the magnetic repulsor seems very fun, though also like it wouldn't be all that helpful in practice. Still, if you can pull off pushing one enemy ship into another and destroying both, it will make up all the times you try it, fail and die because you took the risk.
To be honest, what device (or whatever could that be) I'd love to see is something enabling more stealthy play style. Unfortunately, even with the stealth craft, like many other games, first Everspace suffered from the "you sneak, sneak better, sneak damn well, then you meet the no-sneak boss (or just fail) and are sneak vs GUNS" syndrome (ok, this is light years to Deus Ex level of bad, but still).
The Annihilator virus and EMP generator combo sounds awesome!!!! I infect you, you and you with this nice, delicious virus.. enjoy the view for a few seconds ... activate EMP generator and wait for you to explode. VOILA!! SUPER DAMAGE!! All this dealing more and more damage because of debuffs has me itching to play. Hey , why didn't Arkham knight have this combo move hmmmm Rocksteady take notes...
As a fan of the Sentinel ship in EVERSPACE Encounters, devices were the bread and butter in all my runs. One of the most OP ones was the EMP generator, which I never forgot to take advantage of. Hopefully in the new game it will be as powerful as in the original one! Keep up the good work