Starbound is an extraterrestrial sandbox adventure game! You’ve fled your home, only to find yourself lost in space with a damaged ship. Your only option is to beam down to the planet below and gather the resources you need to repair your ship and set off to explore the vast, infinite...
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Release Date: Jul 22, 2016

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July 22

Starbound 1.0 is available now!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-O6PUh3reG0
Hey everyone!

As you may have noticed, Starbound is out!
It's been a long time coming, but it's finally here!

"Starbound won't launch! What do I do?"
If you find that you can't launch Starbound after the update, please try deleting your Starbound directory and reinstalling.

Thanks everyone!

<3

Change log

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July 8

Starbound 1.0 is Leaving Orbit on 22 July 2016!



In case you missed it, Starbound is coming out of Early Access on 22 July, 2016.

After ~5 years, the game we set out to make finally exists, and to say that it all feels a bit surreal would be a massive understatement!

While Starbound will be finished in two weeks, this isn’t the end. We will continue to update and support Starbound for as long as we can. We’ve got loads of cool ideas we couldn’t fit into 1.0 but hope to put into future updates.

Thanks again for all your support over the years! You’ve stuck with us, and it means so much.

Look out for more info over the next couple of weeks!

<3

Chucklefish

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Reviews

“Starbound is one of the most impressive never-ending games I've ever played.”
9/10 – Polygon

“The game had a fairly rocky "early access" journey but after spending some time with the final build, but it looks like it has finally become the game we were promised all those years ago.”
4/5 – The Escapist

“I find it difficult to picture the person who wouldn’t enjoy Starbound. Parts, sure, but the whole is this sincere, incredibly ambitious sandbox that’s as full of charm, and space-faring pirate penguins, as it is stuff to build and places to explore.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

About This Game



You’ve fled your home, only to find yourself lost in space with a damaged ship. Your only option is to beam down to the planet below and gather the resources you need to repair your ship and set off to explore the vast, infinite universe…

In Starbound, you create your own story - there’s no wrong way to play! You may choose to save the universe from the forces that destroyed your home, uncovering greater galactic mysteries in the process, or you may wish to forego a heroic journey entirely in favor of colonizing uncharted planets.



Settle down and farm the land, become an intergalactic landlord, hop from planet to planet collecting rare creatures, or delve into dangerous dungeons and lay claim to extraordinary treasures.

Discover ancient temples and modern metropolises, trees with eyes and mischievous penguins. Make use of hundreds of materials and over two thousand objects to build a sleepy secluded cabin in the woods, a medieval castle, or an underwater arcade.



Starbound has been built from the ground up to be multiplayer and easily moddable. You have the tools to make the universe your own and modify the game to suit your play style - add new races, biomes, dungeons, and quests - the possibilities are limitless.



  • Choose from one of 7 playable races and customize your character
  • Save the universe in a story campaign featuring unique characters, bosses, dungeons and quests!
  • You're the captain of your very own starship! Decorate it, expand it and use it to explore a procedurally generated universe
  • Colonize uncharted planets and collect gifts from your tenants - if they like you, they may even ask to join your ship crew!
  • Three game modes - Casual (no need to eat), Survival (eat to survive/drop items on death) and Hardcore (permadeath)
  • Craft thousands of objects - building materials, armor, weapons, furniture and more
  • Capture unique monsters to fight alongside you
  • All content is available in online drop-in/drop-out co-op
  • Built from the ground up to be easily moddable. You have the tools to make the universe your own - add new races, biomes, dungeons, and quests

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB graphics memory and directx 9.0c compatible gpu
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP or later
    • Processor: Core i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Discrete GPU capable of directx 9.0c
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Os X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 64 bit Intel CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Os X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 64 bit Intel CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: Debian Stable or Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later
    • Processor: Core 2 Duo
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB graphics memory and opengl 2.1 compatible gpu
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Debian Stable or Ubuntu 12.04 LTS or later
    • Processor: Core i3
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 256 MB graphics memory and opengl 2.1 compatible discrete gpu
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 4 GB available space
Customer reviews
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Overall:
Very Positive (51,555 reviews)
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theskyrimfanboy
( 16.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Game lives up to expectations! I bought this game when it first came to Steam on December 2013, and it is a LONG time coming but this game is exactly what I wanted it to be. The beginning of the game is so much more focused and polished, for example thank god they got rid of the coal for FTL fuel... I haven't played a lot of it so far, but what I've seen with the weapons and their new special attacks and the good humor, the well done cutscenes and the great storytelling really makes this feel like an authentic sandbox RPG. Great job Chucklefish! I would have liked this to come out 8 months ago, but the wait was worth it.
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tommy
( 14.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
it's a game now
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uwansumfuk
( 27.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
one of the worst ui's i've ever had the displeasure of using.. ruins what would otherwise be an enjoyable game
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Green
( 15.2 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 23
This is a great game for anyone who likes survival games or loves a bit of a sci-fi feel with beautiful looking landscapes.
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brown
( 192.5 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 23
birds
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A Cynical Bastard
( 38.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
One of the best games I hsve ever played in my entire life. Now that 1.0 has released, Its only gonna get better from here. 10/10
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Feles Mala
( 110.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Hooray! Finally version 1.0 is out.
After waiting all this time to play a finished version
*loads starbound*
surely I can now map my mouse buttons to actions!
nope.... I can't use one of my 11 mouse buttons for jump, (-2 points)
nevermind, I'll go back to the main menu
*presses back button*
starbound crashes


1: please let us map controls from an input device other than keyboard, in this day and age, c'mon.
2: I know try/catch can't catch access violations but crashing before getting into the game is so bad it's comedy.

I've clicked 'no' so far, because I've been prevented from playing the game by laziness *sniff*
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Hellbeholder
( 51.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
I don't know why people are hating on this game,

and at this point, I'm too afraid to ask.
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sheeshore - kys
( 52.0 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Pretty darn radical
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YOUR FATHER
( 98.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Ficking Update!
Why? For what?! With this uptate I loose ALL MY PROGRESS!
Correct this, Destroers Game Progress!
Give me this is back!
I think many will support me. ;с
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647 of 880 people (74%) found this review helpful
78 people found this review funny
Recommended
258.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 22
Starbound was released to kickstarters about a month after I lost my Grandfather.

I did 3 things for 6 months after he died. I took care of my kids the best I could, I cried when they went to bed, and I played Starbound.

The opening music still haunts me. I still remember how unique and crazy this game was, and even though most of that eventually got removed, I can go back to old screenshots and invoke a sense of memory, of where I was emotionally while grieving when I took them.

Yeah, Starbound induced a few metric tons of negative energy in a lot of folk's lives. Starbound is a "toxic" game by its own developer's description, because without the community, the people who loved it and wanted to see it succeed, there never would have been a place for any of the hate.

I used to do frequent "Starbound Adventures" series in the forums where I'd detail all the updates. I actually enjoyed doing that in spite of how awful Chucklefish and the Starbound community were behaving toward each other. I got super mad, then decided one day to just dive in and play. It was fun.

Then nothing was updated for a long time, and as more nightly builds got pushed, I started seeing them remove content. This is why I associate Starbound with Trees.

My biggest distraction from tragedy came in the form of Starbound's trees. It became an obsession, something to do feverishly while taking breaks from the swollen eyes and snot. I collected almost 600 unique tree seeds and made an entire planet from top to bottom a farm of them. I'm not sure how many could actually be generated, but they were all different, and it felt like I was playing this epic-level Harvest Moon as I farmed trees and food. I can never rate this game down because the collecting and planet-hopping was some of the biggest fun I'd ever had in a videogame, period.

Then they got rid of the trees. The variety was slashed into fragments, and most of them became these dreadful brown/pastel mixes. All of the color and imagination disappeaered. They became background objects, the junk you ignore while you play any random SHMUP. The farming sense faded instantly, and the wind was knocked out of me. The one thing I was still enjoying in this game, gone.

I haven't played more than 10 minutes since the last time they made the experimental build a seperate library option. I got on, made a character, warped around, I guess they decided the trees were "axed". I don't know if it was a performance decision, but I can vouch that at the time I had my huge tree farm, I had zero lag with around 2000 trees on a single planet, around 500-600 variations among them, on an old 2012 system:

Radeon HD 6970 2GB graphics card
Intel Core i5-3570k
8 gigs of ram, no SSD.
144hz Asus 27" 1080p.

No lag ever, the game just ran beautifully, and it looked beautiful too. Now its just drab and unappealing to me. I'm trying to make sense of why all the color was taken out, all of that art, what a waste.
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229 of 372 people (62%) found this review helpful
110 people found this review funny
Recommended
159.5 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: July 21
Want No Mans Sky without having to wait till the end of time for it?
Starbound

Want to play a game with a great group of developers?
Play a behemoth game, also chucklefish is awsome

Want to not see your family for a week?
play starbound

Want to create an army of crew members to destroy your enemies?
Starbound

Like Terraria?
Try starbound
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52 of 76 people (68%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
110.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
If you're some filthy casual like me looking for some virtual exploration, then this is one of the better titles you're gonna find out there. the visuals are nice and getting your hands on every furniture, building block, crafting material, stylish/strange costume and piece of sweet loot could entertain collectors for a long time, and for builders, even longer.

Pros:
  • cool art style
  • endless universe of randomized planets
  • a whole bunch of structures to find
  • great OST
  • Steam intergrated multiplayer
  • Steam Workshop
  • seven playable in-game races, alongside four or so others for you to find
  • story is decent, but light enough to make it not seem like the game is over when the story ends

Cons (at the time of me typing this):
  • bad framerate on older computers, as well as lag spikes, due to 1.0 being a bit a little really rushed
  • community is being torn apart due to 1.0, so it's completely toxic right now
  • story is decent, sure, but it meets quite the abrupt end. Don't know what I was expecting from a sandbox game, though.

Would I get it right now? Not really...

If you already have it, then go ahead and play all you wish, but for newer buyers, wait for the game and its community to marinate for a bit to sort out their feelings and for the game to be optimized a bit. Until then, follow the game, but keep your distance. Unless you just don't care, in which case go ahead.
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33 of 57 people (58%) found this review helpful
Recommended
40.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
Hmm, well i played 30 hours of this game during "Early Access" and it was great
Upon updating to the full version or complete version , had lost all my characters , so was rather disappointed.
But the new version is great , Introduces many more features and runs nice and smooth on my pc . Very happy about this game tbh. 5*
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15 of 25 people (60%) found this review helpful
Recommended
93.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
After spending a while on this game and seeing it finally come out of early access, I can say its not bad.

PROS
+Terraria in space
+Space Wizards
+Races
+Great Modding community

CONS
-Erichius Horror
-CRAFTING TIMES (why did they add them)
-Hotbar sucks
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30 of 54 people (56%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
94.5 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 22
I started playing this beautiful game in 2013. I was amazed by the worlds I could visit and the depth of the exploration that could be done so early in, what was at the time, an alpha release.

I stuck with the game after endless character wipes and bugs and resets. I saw the changes to the open universe exploration go from random worlds of different difficulty, to a thin-veil of 'quadrants' of difficulty to the current 'star colour = difficulty of all planets'.

I played through the unskippable 'quests' that seemed in place for no other reason than to force players to go through a simple maze I am sure someone felt very proud to have spent 6 months making. With a penguin boss, ha ha.

And now, 3 years later...its finally out of development. So where are we?

Pro:
+Wonderful soundtrack. Seriously, goosebumps at some of the music*
+Beautiful planets to explore**
+if you are creative, you can build nearly anything***

Cons:
*They will loop a lot.
**Beautiful planets to ignore
***Easier to build in Terraria, and you will not abandon the planet
-Linear. You are forced into a linear path that you cannot deviate from. Why, in a building sandbox game, is their a linear quest path you cannot avoid?!? I have found (well, last patch anyway) mods that I could use to skip this...but why isn't this an option from the get-go?
-Repetative. Go to any planet, what will you want to find? Wonderful scenery, Strange creatures, Stunning aliens! What do you actually find? The same 2 dungeons generated on a desert world, a green world, or a rock world. Guarded by the same AI that will drop slightly different guns and swords. And some color swapped monsters that have poor hit detection and all drop the same 2 types of item, regardless of what planet they are from or what type of alien they are.
-Detatched: In terraria, you have your world. If you go left, you find a desert (or a swamp, or the castle...w/e its your world) but you KNOW its there. Starbound, you jump from planet to planet, and with each jump...you have less interest in where you have been or where you are going. Your ship (see linear quests) can be expanded and built on, but it feels like a camper van. Only good for getting from A to B and holding the stuff you find (that looks great the first time you see it...but why am I looting this again?)
-Pointless items: I admit I collected all the pokemon, gathered many a hat in team fortress, and generally try for all the achievements. But really, why should I want to travel to a half dozen different Giant flower biomes to get a Bee costume? Also, they added a cat to my ship. Why?


tl;dr

Who should buy this game: If you love terraria and want to play in space. Wait for a sale, but get it.

Who should not get this game: Anyone else. Go play Terraria or Stardew Valley. They are just better.


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7 of 10 people (70%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 23
The problems which I noticed so far:
  • I play single player and I cannot pause the game.

  • When I talk to a NPC, he just walks away and the text is gone.
    There is no way to recall and check what the NPC just said.

  • The hotbar is counter intuitive.
    It has two of them which you can swap and each has 6 slots.
    You cannot move them or see them at same time.
    If you want to be sure that with one key press your sword is ready, you have to equip the sword in both hotbars.

  • Survival aspect of the game is poor.
    Hunger bar decreases too fast.
    If you want to discover the game without reading on wiki, you will die a few times of starvation.
    The hunger alone will not give you the feeling that you play a survival game.
    It is just a timer.

  • The max difficulty will give you only one life.
    I would prefer a lower difficulty level with 3 lifes and some way to gain more of them.

The game may have quests, achievments, a universe where you can live in, explore and collect resources... build...

If you are looking for a true survival game, this is not the one.
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8 of 12 people (67%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
175.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: July 22
Not great - liked it more at the very beginning. It's an example of how listening to every customer could go awry. They clearly had some vision but lost it to all the noise in the community.
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9 of 14 people (64%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
How did this get any positive reviews? Most frustrating and unrewarding game I've ever played. Couple hours later and I still haven't managed to finish the core fragment quest because I keep dying before getting much below the surface. The interface and hotkeys are horrible.
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10 of 16 people (63%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
381.3 hrs on record
Posted: July 22
I've clocked 380+ hours in game. I've played vanilla and modded versions. I've played through every mission the developers put in the game, and all of the missions from Frackin' Universe. And yet I keep coming back. I keep putting time into this. I have spent hours and hours amassing materials and creating multi-tier gardens with glowing glass walls, so I could plant and harvest day and night. I've fought cultists and abominations, post-apocalyptic survivalists and primatives, and every other thing inbetween. I've committed village massacres and protected stoic swamp-dwelling frogmen. I've sailed seas of acid and alien juice, and drifted to the bottom of oceans of liquid nitrogen.

And I'll do it all over again, in 1.0. Just to see what's new. And to start my dream of settling planets and creating thriving civilizations on them.

The haunting piano score calls to me. If you want to know where I am, I'm in-game, "Protecting the Universe".
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