Encounters is the first major expansion for Everspace, "enriching the game world with new story characters and questlines, a brand-new player ship, freighter-loads of novel equipment, additional enemies, and much more." It was released October 24th, 2017.
- New playable ship: the Colonial Sentinel.
- Five new non-playable characters, each with a unique story and quest-line.
- Four new primary weapons: the Goo Gun, Lightning Gun, Neutron Cannon, and Plasma Thrower.
- Two new secondary weapons: the Seeker Missile Battery and the Destabilizer Missile.
- Nine new unique devices, but 27 total including each upgraded version.
- Five new consumables
- One new Resource: Viridian Energy
- Two new Outlaw enemy types: The Cargo Thief and the Marauder.
- G&B Factories, which require power activation to use and provide multiple services, including: ship upgrades, refining resources, and hull repairs.
- Travel to the Okkar homeworlds via wormholes
- Five new skins for each ship