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Starbound

5 years ago

Bowling, Basketball And Bugs: Starbound’s Winter Update

What do you add to the game that has everything? Starbound's procedural approach to space makes every planet a unique snowflake in an infinite sea of stars. Evidently, developers Chucklefish don't think that's enough and the next hefty update contains all manner of new content. There's bowling, basketball bug catching, a new playable race, personal ship AI that can take on the appearance of a…

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Wayward Tide, A Pirate Game By Starbound’s Chucklefish

Proving once again that it's somehow possible for indie studios to work on two games at once (!), Starbound developers Chucklefish have announced Wayward Tide. The top-down piratical action-adventure is being put together by a separate new four-person team. They're still in the very early stages of development, but the grand vision is a 2-4 player competitive-coop booty-hunter full of treachery.

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Starbound To Revamp Progression, Add Farming (!)

There are already lots of things in Starbound. Even in beta, the game is a vast sandbox of possibility and weird cave-dwelling gum creatures that shriek and bounce at you like a pogo stick possessed by the soul of a deathrow inmate. It's a big place, but this is only just the beginning. Previously, developer Chucklefish wriggly giggled out word of directors, mods, and a…

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The Future of Starbound: Mods, Directors And PvP

Starbound is absurdly popular, which leaves people dying to know where the space exploration/crafting/fighting game, currently in alpha, is going to go next. Rather than drip that information out over a period of months with incrementally more revealing trailers, developers Chucklefish have just done big ol' blog post full of information. Future features include: sweeping changes to the progression system; a PvP endgame set in…

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Starbound Wipes Out Character Wipes With Huge Update

I had a Starbound character once. His name was Sir Face (named after the Microsoft Surface I was playing on at the time; it's a long story), and he was a mohawk-sporting robot who punched bird people, stole their super cool altar beds, and did not give one single, solitary fuck. But he's gone now. Forever. Beta tests are harsh, uncaring things, and I knew that…

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Feature: Starbounding across the universe

Super Ships & Wasted Worlds: Modding Starbound

Starbound was always going to be a game that players would want to re-build in their own image. A procedurally generated sandbox means systems. Lots and lots of systems. It means the community can change whatever they want, and the players have responded at a phenomenal rate of moddery. I've done ridiculous things to my game that I'd never recommend you do. I've added a…

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Starbound Update Will Add Permadeath, Wipe Universe

In a post on the Starbound blog, the game's development team have outlined coming fixes and additions to the next version of the game. Good news: they're adding a permadeath mode, for those who want to add a little more risk to their galaxy exploration. Bad news: they're kickstarting this new permadeath mode by wiping the entire universe, including player's ships and characters. It's like…

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6 years ago

Twinkle, Twinkle: Starbound’s Future Is Looking Bright

Starbound is finally playable by the unwashed masses, and it's already so magnificent that even the washed masses became unwashed masses after sitting transfixed by its exploratory glow for days. But this is just a beta test, and even then it's only on phase one of three. There's much more to come. Space combat! Planet-sized dungeons! A not-quite-so-mean difficulty curve! Why, someday I imagine we'll…

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Feature: Procedurally awesome.

Impressions: Starbound

Starbound is a procedurally-generated universe, where you have a ship, a star-map, and an infinite number of planets to visit and plunder. It is a game that makes almost no definition between single and multiplayer, allowing you to bring your character across the void and back again, visiting the same places online and offline, and sharing those worlds with friends. Its first beta just welcomed…

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Life Is Beta: Starbound Out Today

For what seems like years and years and *checks torn calendar pages* years (it was actually Feb 2012), the Starbound website has mockingly invited us to Play Starbound. But we couldn't play, could we? It was not out, yet. That unfulfilled entreaty caused me to go into a bit of a emotional loop, where I'd click the site, get sad, leave, and then click it…

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Starbound is Betabound, Landing Around Dec 4th

If 'arrangements go through with Steam', Starbound's first beta will be available around December 4th. I've opened a can of fizz in celebration of the fact because Starbound's procedural planets and penguins look splendid, and December 4th isn't much more than a week away. Instead of counting down the days until Christmas, I'm going to start counting the days until Starbound, even if it might…

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Starbound Beta Starting ‘Soon,’ Unfolding In Three Phases

Humanity seems more prone than ever to heart-pulverizing squabbles and disgusting, knock-down-drag-out wars these days, but at least we can all agree on one thing: we really, really want Starbound to come out already. The wait for the Terraria-alike to end all Terraria-alikes has become unbearable, so you should be happy to hear that you won't have to bear it for much longer. Starbound's first…

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Elastic Dreams: Starbound’s Grappling Hook

I am in danger of becoming over-excited about Starbound, but it looks so darned charming. If it were a baby, it would have dimples and would giggle at everything, and my girlfriend wouldn't want to spend anytime with it in case I end up broody. Today's over-excited squee from me comes from the reveal of the grappling hook technology. It's a first-look, so there's a…

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Two (Yes Two!) Starbound Videos For You

I always feel like I'm playing catch-up on Monday mornings. Game news doesn't stop, so I have to hop back and make sure we didn't miss anything. But after drinking irradiated orange juice, I accidentally overshot the weekend by about three weeks. So here I am in the past, where everything is black and white and people are riding dinosaurs. Instead of abusing my position…

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Space Jam In Starbound

I'm still waiting for Starbound to be released, and I blame David Bowie. If he hadn't gone to space to make an album of space lounge songs with Flight of the Conchords, the Starbound developers wouldn't have spent the time and effort to try and ape him. So instead of playing the game right now, which is what definitely would be happening if David Bowie…

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Starbound Pre-Orders Prove Somewhat Popular

Starbound, which we've talked about previously, is said to be a "spiritual successor" (although not directly affiliated) to the enormously popular Terraria. This sentiment bodes well for the game as its pre-orders, which have only been open since last night, have already raised an exceptional $159,799 at the time of writing. That's a figure that's fast increasing. That's a figure that - hand in hand…

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7 years ago

Starbound Will Let You Build Anti-Ape Lairs

A quick refresher: Starbound is the Terraria pseudo-successor (Edit: Some of the same talent's on board; it's not directly affiliated, though) that lets you generate your own planet. That in mind, I suppose it only makes sense that an inhabitant of one of its many worlds would be militantly anti-ape. After all, apes + a planet = Planet of the Apes. It happens every time. I'm sure,…

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Starbound Receives Support From Wanderlust: Rebirth

Starbound looks less like Terraria in space and more like just a heck of a lot of awesome stuff in space, with the randomly generated aliens a particular highlight of the features shown so far. Perhaps you would like to throw money at the developers, as is so often the case with internet people, although rarely if ever the action of a person in the…

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