Why Early Access?
“We were at a point in Starbound's development where it was already pretty fun, so we decided to release the game in beta through early access to ensure the community has a chance to help us shape the game.”
Do not believe this. It is a lie. You do NOT have any say in the game's development. To Chucklefish, you are just material. Don't even DREAM, THINK, or CONSIDER the idea of buying this disfigured mess of a game. The developers are bad, this game has been in early acess for a year now, and the chances of it getting any actual love slowly come down to miniscule
Now, a short history lesson on Starbound. Its lead developer, Tiy, happened to originally be from the Terraria team. I don't know what encouraged him to leave and make Starbound, but at first, it looked pretty awesome. I REALLY want to love this game, I really do, but Chucklefish doesn't want your love; they want your money.
In any case, Tiy aimed to make Starbound the spiritual successor to Terraria. But like most first-game companies, this one isn't turning out so well, not because the game doesn't have the funds, but because the developers don't have the professionalism to do it. I remember the day when being a video game designer WAS a professional job.
Secondly, the Stable and Unstable branches have not received any updates, and the "Nightly Branches" Are nothing more than place holders and the right to have an excuse to say, "We're still workin' on it!"
The truth behind this, is that Chucklefish has taken over 20 million dollars in combined funds from players on BOTH steam and their website, and ran, choosing to work on other projects with money that was given to them SPECIFICALLY for Starbound. They have nine projects, and are no longer even an INDIE Developer. They have started publishing games, And i'm convinced they might be the next Nexon North America/Europe or Perfect World Entertainment (No offense directed toward you bros and broccolis in Nexon Korea and Perfect Online).
After Rho and Bartwe, two of Chucklefish's key figureheads for the game left, things stopped making progress. Not that they weren't ALREADY being slow, but having failed to deliver their game on a multitude of releases, beta releases and even an ALPHA release, resorting to said names in that order, have failed up until December of 2013. And yeah. the game's not even a beta. it's an ALPHA. I'm a bit shocked myself.
They've also done bait-and-switch tactics several times, the most uncalled for of them all being that they used to offer refunds if you didn't like the game free of charge. Now they won't, no matter how much you ask.
Also, they've had to move to the UK just to AVOID AMERICA'S FEDERAL LAW. That's right. They didn't move to localize everyone. The moved to dodge a federal offense. People were already complaining about them and their game, and when they stopped offering refunds, Tiy decided to pull out to somehwere he would get a higher ground. This man is unscupulous, and he has crossed the line. Literally.
LASTLY, and the BIGGEST issue here, is not the game, but the company's ethics in videogame development. This is what I was talking about in my opening statement. Any and ALL crticism, no matter HOW well-worded or politely typed out, is brushed under the rug, slapped in the face, or shivved right in the flatulence as trolling or flaming.
Chucklefish has repeatedly attacked their fanbase. Antyone who originally funded this game has likely left, and the only remainders of the community are hostile overly attached fans, who will do anything to make Chucklefish happy. INCLUDING not giving them input on a game that is supposed to please their intended audience (Which i doubt there is even an audience this is intended for at this point). This has actually escalated into a censorship campaign on their website, with a level of such that is the highest i have EVER seen. They'll stomp out ANYONE who has an opinion different from their own.
They've even gone into banning sprees, driving all of their long-time backers out of the game, Seatiki, Omni and some other "Moderator" in particular having their way with those voicing an opinion like their own sister. and THIS leads into the HORRENDOUS level of community management that Mollgos (The team's community manager) handles with...well, nearly no noticable experience at all. :|-
It seems when someone voices out against how they think and do things, a moderator is almost ALWAYS the first to respond, and most typically with an instantaneous ban, hence the banning sprees. So as i have mentioned, horrendous community management. These goofs could REALLY learn a lesson or two from Digital Extremes.
Now, ONTO the game itself, anything I'd have to say is pretty much covered in every other review. It's repetitive, a grindfest worse than Destiny, which is quite shocking, most worlds appear pretty similar, and there's a lacking in content. Still, it's least not up for $60 like Bungie pullled with Destiny. However, both games suffer from the same issue: Lack of content. Frankly the biggest update they had before the Nightly Branch, was that they had a puppy in their office. Doubtful the poor pooch is still in there. That company doesn't seem up to the task of taking care of what they have...
Now, i've already read the recent news on playstarbound.com about the update coming out. However, my concern for this is that mods working for Enraged Koala, won't work in Rampaging Koala, because Chucklefish broke the mod system and laughed at the people who figured it out. From what i'm seeing, Chucklefish IS delivering on SOME of their promises, however i'm also seeing stolen content from mods they did not get the permission to use from the users who made those said mods. They already had permission for the Novakids mod. However, the rest? None. No questions asked, no permission given, nothing. Rather than putting in the effort to make the game good, they're taking from other peoples' mods and making the game that way. There is NOTHING I hate more than intellectual thieves, and it is where Chucklefish has crossed the linem Twuice at this point counting my mention of Tiy's horrible management earlier.
If you want some more light on Chucklefish's activities with their community, check out BaptizedInFire's review. He has evidence to support what he has said to go along with it.
As for me? I'm through with this game. It is an insult to the videogame industry, and scum like this company are the reason Early Access has become a plague. Early Access isn't a f**king CRUTCH. It's a Gods damned EARLY ACCESS. Like what goes on for Bungie's Halo Betas. They're supposed to be a TASTE of what the game will be. Not fund its freaking production.
Oh, one little detail. all of you Fanboys who intend to downvote this? Just going to let you all know. YOU ARE MY B*TCH! For downvoting like one without giving any remote explaination that makes logical sense or even regurtitates "points" made that aren't even valid. So again, Downvoting fanboys, YOU ARE MY B*TCH!