In Starbound, you take on the role of a character who’s just fled from their home planet, only to crash-land on another. From there you’ll embark on a quest to survive, discover, explore and fight your way across an infinite universe!
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Release Date: Dec 4, 2013

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What the developers have to say:

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.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“It's difficult for us to give a solid release date-- we're not so good at those, we've learned. Starbound still has a ways to go, but we'll keep you posted via our website!”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The full version of Starbound will contain a plot and sidequests, more dungeons, more bosses and lore, among other features.”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Starbound is already extremely playable and contains a vast amount of content in its current state! There are two beta branches currently in use-- [STABLE] and [NIGHTLY].

The stable branch receives less frequent updates, as we're currently working on one big update that will complete the first few tiers of player progression.

The [NIGHTLY] branch is updated automatically every night, and is for players who want to track progress or simply can't wait to check out shiny new features. :D Play at your own risk, though, as these builds are not tested and bugs/crashes are likely.

Find out more about how to opt into the nightly builds here:

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“The price will likely change after Early Access!”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We post daily progress updates on our blog, and we're always hanging around IRC.”
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December 20

Winter update [UNSTABLE] Edition! ~*The More You Know*~

Hey there!

We pushed the changes mentioned in our recent trailer to the unstable branch last night– rejoice! Anyone who’s been playing the nightly builds won’t see a huge difference, but anyone who makes the switch from stable to unstable will see some pretty massive changes.

So here’s what you need to know about the unstable update, starting with…

How to Switch to the Unstable Branch

There’s a handy tutorial right here about how to switch to the unstable or nightly branch of the beta. Be sure to follow the instructions to switch to unstable. :)

World/Character File Compatibility

If you choose to switch to the unstable branch, please know that your characters and worlds will not yet be compatible with the latest version of the game. Your old characters and worlds will still be there, but the unstable branch will use a different storage location than the stable branch for the time being, while we work out how to upgrade old characters.

We will try to maintain save file compatibility within unstable as much as possible, but it will depend on what sort of changes we have to make during unstable, so we cant make any promises.

If you are currently running nightly, then you probably already know how everything works already. FYI The unstable branch will use a ‘storage_unstable’ directory while we work on compatibility with stable.

Known Issues:
  • Many progression quests aren’t final, some are placeholders for future missions
  • Combat balance is still WIP
  • Performance issues, particularly in dense areas like dungeons and the outpost
  • Background parallaxes have problematic transitions between world layers, e.g. oceans
  • Pixel costs and rewards not yet balanced
  • Interface windows (containers, AI, etc) can remain open after switching worlds or moving away from the triggering object
  • Cooking recipes for tier 5 and 6 crops need to be implemented
  • Crops sometimes get out of sync when grown on ship
  • Enemy hit/death sounds sometimes fail to play
  • Some errors in enemy movement and pathfinding
  • Rare crash when removing items from containers, appears as “(InventoryException) Not allowed to discard stack when locked.”
  • The launcher, on some people’s machines, will spew dll errors about missing ordinals. This is not fatal however, and the launcher will still work after you close them.
  • And a whole lot more (probably)

    We’ll keep everyone posted as we make more updates and plans evolve, but thank you all for being so patient! Have fun!


    Tiy also did an AMA on the Starbound subreddit last night answering lots of questions about development and the unstable update, so be sure to check that out. :)

    Hope you all have a nice weekend and a lovely holiday. <3 :)


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December 19

[DAILY BLOG] Weekly Update Round-Up 19/12/2014

Evening folks!

When Starbound’s overall balance structure was first established, humanoid NPCs weren’t really a primary consideration at the time, nor was PVP, so the game was largely balanced based around the damage between players and the monsters. While this system was fine at first, it has been the root cause of much difficulty in balancing humanoid NPCs who were primarily balanced to fight against the player and got absolutely trashed by monsters, which was a problem, especially with our growing focus on missions. This necessitated a rethink of how everything was balanced.

To that end, Tiyuri and I, have gone over almost everything with a fine-tooth comb. Here’s a brief overview of the biggest changes.

- NPCs now use armor, so damage inflicted on them is reflective of their armor. Additionally their health now scales on a curve similar to the player’s.
- Damage values across the board have risen. Monsters now die more easily, but they can also kill the player faster too. Fight carefully!
- The energy scaling curve on guns has been completely reworked for a more gradual and consistent climb.
- Tiered armors have been completely rebalanced to suit the new armor and energy scaling levels.
- Players now start off with access to two weapons from the offset, with most races gaining a one-handed shortsword in addition to their broadsword. The novakids gain a two-handed rifle.
- Generated weapon values now typically sit somewhere between the tiered weapons. Rare weapons may still potentially be more damaging, but this should help to keep tiered weapons useful all throughout the game’s progression.

It might not seem like much but these changes have involved a frankly exhausting amount of configuration, but it has transformed the game feel quite significantly. A pleasant side effect of this humanoid-centric rebalancing is that the game is largely balanced for PVP too, provided all parties have suitably leveled equipment.

Guns are more dependable weapons overall, but melee inflicts monstrous damage for those willing to take the risk. In our testing, we found ourselves having heated 1-on-1 exchanges, rapidly alternating between ranged sniping and clashing swords when our energy reserves were locked away. It was both frantic and fun! I’m looking forward to seeing what you guys make of it.


Evening, everyone!

In my recent post, I mentioned that we’d soon be uploading a trailer highlighting some of the biggest changes we’ve made to Starbound since the last stable build. Without further rambling, here it is!

As Tiy noted yesterday on Twitter, we’re trying to push these updates to the unstable branch next week and, depending on how that goes, pushing them to the stable branch in January.

Katzeus at Starbound has done an awesome job summarizing most of the changes here.

Thanks again for your continued support and patience. :) Enjoy the trailer!


Alpaca in spaaaaace!

Alien Alpaca packin’!

Alien Alpaca jumping sweet jumps!

Alien Alpaca playing video games and cooking!

Alien Alpaca taking a breather!

Alpaca in spaaaaaace!

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

“Starbound's delivering on its core promises even in its early access incarnation.”

“This might be a bare-bones version of the game to come, but boy, check out those bones. The game's minutiae will be mapped out across various wikis for years to come, and many mechanics will be added and refined, but even now, Starbound is an enticing journey of discovery that reminds you just how exciting it can be to stare at a sky full of stars.”

About This Game

In Starbound, you take on the role of a character who’s just fled from their home planet, only to crash-land on another. From there you’ll embark on a quest to survive, discover, explore and fight your way across an infinite universe.

You’ll encounter procedurally generated creatures and weapons, discover populated villages and abandoned temples. Explore planets dotted with dungeons, eyeball trees and treasure. Make use of over a hundred materials and over one thousand in-game objects to build a sprawling modern metropolis or a sleepy secluded cabin in the woods, and do all of it alone or with friends!

Starbound lets you live out your own story of space exploration, discovery and adventure. Settle down and farm the land, hop from planet to planet claiming resources, or make regular visits to populated settlements, taking on jobs and earning a living. NPCs are scattered about the worlds, offering quests and challenges for those looking for a little extra excitement in their lives.

Key Features:
  • 7 playable races
  • A procedurally generated universe with unlimited procedurally generated planets
  • All content available in online drop in/drop out co-op
  • Generated dungeons full of unique enemies
  • Randomly generated monsters
  • Thousands of items
  • A deep crafting system
  • PVP gameplay
  • Own and decorate your own Starship
  • Develop your own home planet
  • Menacing boss battles
  • Procedurally generated guns and melee weapons
  • Farming, hunting and survival mechanics
  • Built from the ground up to support modding
  • Ongoing free updates
  • Multi-platform multiplayer

What will you find?

System Requirements

Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • OS: Os X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 64 bit Intel CPU
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • OS: Os X 10.7 or later
    • Processor: 64 bit Intel CPU
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 3 GB available space
    • 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
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB available space
Helpful customer reviews
422 of 605 people (70%) found this review helpful
273.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 18
Early Access Review
So many people are giving this awesome game a negative review simply because the "Dev's havent done anything"
Alright, watch this:
and explain to me that the "Dev's havent done anything"

Edit: Ignore all those other negative reviews that say "The devs never update the game" ... the devs released word that, instead of releasing multiple small updates in the actual game, they'd do so in a beta version so folks could keep up with events. There's many players writing reviews that're completely ignorant of this fact.

Edit(2): People have mentioned that the "major problems" arent getting fixed... This update shown in the video, plus the claims that Chucklefish has made point to the fact that they will HOPEFULLY be fixed.

Edit(3): For those who're hating the game because of the developers and their BS in the past... Starbound itself is an AMAZING game to mod, and it has a MASSIVE modding community. If you hate the game for WHATEVER reason, the mods will most likely change your mind.

Comments section has some neat points, go read it. Sorry to all the folks who didn't find my review helpful. I tried.
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59 of 88 people (67%) found this review helpful
18.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 26
Early Access Review
A Brief History of Chucklefish and the Community

  • First, people complain when the stable updates are too frequent to keep your save for very long.
  • So, in response, they change their updating routine and create a nightly channel to see a snapshot of their progress every 24 hours.
  • Nobody switches, ♥♥♥♥♥ing commences because they don't see any progress and assume the game is dead.
  • In response, the dev team starts frequently blogging in order to show everything they've been working on, including the arduous task of refactoring code (which is very important, but you can't have snazzy screenshots to show for it)
  • People don't read the blog, and proclaim that the game is dead.
  • Those that do read the blog complain that the latest releases are buggy.
  • Entitled gamers want everything now.

    Where is that picture of a triangular diagram showing fast, stable, and fun with the caption "Pick Two"?

    Christ almighty people, you can't have frequent updates, have those updates include lots of features, and have them be stable. Either be patient, or help them bugtest by playing nightlies. Otherwise you'll leave them no choice but to halfass the content!

    What's that? The game? Oh, yeah, I think it's pretty good. I like the setting and character design, the procedurally generated content is impressive, and it's been getting better over time. If you're into voxel-like survival/design games, then this is a good choice.
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12 of 16 people (75%) found this review helpful
1,151.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 28
Early Access Review
Fantastic game. Developers decided to finish the game rather than add small content updates. This naturally angered the 11-year old demographic and everyone that's played 5 minutes of it has given it a bad review.
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
565.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 28
Early Access Review
People keep lying about no updates to hurt this game's holiday sales. They are just that, lies. The game just updated with a seven month's long update. When terraria did that, everyone cheered. When Starbound did that, everyone freaks out. What is the matter with you people? Why have you chosen to troll an actual GOOD game? Couldn't you waste your efforts on generic crap being released by consoles? The REAL enemy is big business, releasing crappy games.
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61 of 115 people (53%) found this review helpful
84.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 21
Early Access Review
This game is great! Unlimited sandbox in infinite Universe + RPG (quests, missions and ect.).
Co-op - CHECK!
Universe travel - CHECK!
Rare loot - CHECK!
Heads and skins - CHECK!
Billion-zillion planets - CHECK!
Techs - CHECK!
Various monsters - CHECK!
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95 of 181 people (52%) found this review helpful
132.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
Early Access Review
This game had tons of promise when it was first released on Steam way back when. Unfortunately the developers of this game have failed to come through on the promises of all the planned features on the store page. Do not buy this game untill the official release, if that day ever comes. I'm to the point that I do not believe that day will ever come and that is why I'm writing this review almost a year after buying and playing the game. I've been waiting for a playable game for a long time since buying this and the developers are failing miserably. There could be so much to love with this game, but it all seems like a fantasy at this point and nothing more.
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16 of 28 people (57%) found this review helpful
49.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 12
Early Access Review
I did write once a review about this game. It was good but I will have to rewrite it as I did play for a bit and I must say... That game is not worth the money. Terraria was cheaper and its considered more stable and complete game that Starbound which is like really really unfinished game for almost duble the price and not being updated for months now. I feel cheated and I would like to say Im very disapointed. For the money I did spend on this crappy game I could buy finished Skyrim with all DLC and that says something
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16 of 28 people (57%) found this review helpful
30.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 15
Early Access Review
Do not buy this game until an official release hits. And that is IF that ever happens. This game has been around for almost a year now and it seems like very little has changed at all. Most of the promised content is still no where to be seen or incredibly broken. These developers had an amazing concept and idea, but very poor execution and delivery. They bit off far more than they could chew. This game could be terraria on steroids if they ever finish the dang thing. If they finish I will lose my soul to it, but so far I have seen nor heard anything positive about the game or developers.
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16 of 28 people (57%) found this review helpful
36.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 16
Early Access Review
Bought this game in pre-order. Was so promising... the game is good but the devs don't seem to make it through! They never updated and completed all they promised to released and it's been a year now that nothing serious had been added to the game.. very disapointed... could have been a good game.. I forgot it existed now and will move on something else.. damn sad, that project was... yes.. was.. promising..
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17 of 30 people (57%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
Early Access Review
The universe and crafting system start out interesting and fun to explore. Just like every other exploration and crafting game there are a bunch of mods that can keep the experience going longer. Unfortunately I found this game un-optimized, lagging frequently despite hardware much stronger than recomended. With friends and patience maybe, bu the game needs fixing and from the looks of other comments, that's never going to come. If you are really interested maybe it wil go on sale...
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17 of 30 people (57%) found this review helpful
57.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 30
Early Access Review
Bought this about a year ago, because it sounded like a cool idea. First playthroughs felt very sparse. Every once in a while, I'll try it out again, but despite making various changes and additions, it hasn't got beyond that "sparse" feeling. That might mean there is a lot of space to fill out, so that the end product will be very rich. However, after a year of changes to glacial for me to really notice, I've basically given up as my original enthusiasm has become a distant memory.

Good luck, devs, I hope you power through to the rich game I had once hoped for - sooner or later.
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17 of 30 people (57%) found this review helpful
102.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Early Access Review
It's exactly like most of the other negative reviews are saying

Rarely updates, still not near finnished, bad communication on CFs part etc

It sucks soo bad because the core idea is soo cool and it has soo much potential, but I can't recomend it in its current state


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101 of 193 people (52%) found this review helpful
33.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 2
Early Access Review
Starbound just... isn't as good as Terraria. it's kind of that simple. and the direction it's going, I'm not sure it ever will be as good as Terraria (let alone BETTER). Starbound is more grindy, the progress is more forced - you can't just run around and explore and do what you want - and you can't expand the one thing you want to expand: your ship.

I kind of feel like: someday, Terraria will add spaceships and galaxies... and then no one will ever think about Starbound ever again.
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34 of 63 people (54%) found this review helpful
47.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 11
Early Access Review
After a lot of gameplay and being super hyped for this to go into early access, I can safely say it has ruined kickstarter and the whole early access economy for me. Chucklefish hasn't lived up to any of their promises and for a 2d game this is a complete resource hog. What a waste. I hope they spend their millions they got off of pre-orders well, because I don't think they'll be getting any more money from anybody who knows better.

Do not buy. Even when they deem it "finished."
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34 of 63 people (54%) found this review helpful
74.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 7
Early Access Review
Really enjoyed it at the beginning until I realized the promises of future updates were misleading. Situations like this are why I stay away from buying games in early development. But I did play it a lot at the beginning and I enjoyed it.
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18 of 32 people (56%) found this review helpful
41.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
Early Access Review
It could have bin a great game but it isint. Yes you can have fun for 10h and mods can help whit it. But it gets borring very fast maybe it will get better whit time but as it stands now it is not wort the money 5/5
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18 of 32 people (56%) found this review helpful
14.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 3
Early Access Review
If there was one game that could be called buyer's remorse: the official video game, it's this game.
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37 of 69 people (54%) found this review helpful
15.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 4
Early Access Review
I've bought well over 100 games on Steam, some of them early access, but Starbound is the only one I really wish I could get a refund for. Just a total disappointment. Looks fun and expansive for the first hour or two, then the realisation starts to set in that the game is astoundingly empty. Terraria kept me entertained for over 250 hours. Starbound bored me after 3. Waiting months upon months for updates that were supposed to come 'thick and fast' is fun too. And don't forget the ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ developers who do everything they can to remove criticism, blame the playerbase for their own failings, and generally s*** on the people who gave them money for their unfinished game with the ludicrous expectation that they would ever finish it.

Ruined my faith in early access entirely. Don't buy.
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20 of 36 people (56%) found this review helpful
60.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 14
Early Access Review

I loved terraria so when I found out this game was coming out, I pre ordered it as soon as possible. I followed it for 1 year prior to it being released, checking everyday for an update or their news blog. I became a part of the forum to satisfy my craving to play this game. I was met with nothing more than a very, very strict, open world terraria. I believe in their quest to out do terraria (and thats what it was, dont believe me, look at the developers(spoiler alert starbounds head dev left terraria to make a "better game")), they lost the sense of what made terraria a good game in the first place. It brings me great sadness that I have to critque them like this, but its the truth. Believe me when I say that I searched high and low for positives in this game.

-Beautiful, extremely bountiful randomly generated environment
-Random from weather to dirt color, amazing
-Very large worlds, inside of very large solar systems, inside of galaxies, infinite planets
-Large amount of vanity and places to explore
-A handful of difference races, all with unique and difference building styles and weapons
-Dynamic and beautiful lighting engine

Major Cons:
-Little to motivation to work for loot
:Rather than grinding and trying to find ores underground, players find it much simpler to explore and find ruins which have the already smelted and refined bars in abundance to say the least, there is zero motivation to delve underground other than to seek death and the occasional useless ore that you could easily find thousands of bars in the house at the planets landing spot
-No motivation to settle
:The is zero reason for a player to settle on any landmass other than to simply store items, which your ship is more than capable of completing this task on its own. You have no civilians to tend to, you dont need to grow crops, nothing. This inspires nomads to simply move from planet to planet stripping the surface generated dungeons for high tier loot that would take hours to find below ground(Ties into first con)
-Very unnatural an forced progression
:This is a bit vague but bare with me, with terraria, bosses were the method of advancing as well. However, the difference is with terraria, the available ore that is key to defeating these bosses can be obtained and smelted with moderate effort and grinding. With Starbound, you cannot move past certaint elements without beating bosses and obtaining their smelting core. While terraria does this as well, the ore that they allow prior to recieivng this item is well capable of defeating the boss that is next in the progression.

Trivial Cons:
-Races hold no dynamics other than building styles(Fish cant breath under water, ect)
-THOUSANDS of colors of dirt, that all take different inventory slots
-Infrequent and disgraceful updates
-Weapons range from useless to insanely over powered with no inbetween
-Land on planet, look on surface for dungeons, leave, zero connection to lands
-CONSTANT search for fuel for your ship, to the point where you are always looking for that
-Very little graphics settings, in which npcs and enemies inspire the worst lag I have ever incountered(bad coding)
-Enemies range from pathetic to the devil himself in terms of difficulty
-The rarest of loot is found in the barns on the planets surface, instead of the planets core
-Planets are waste lands filled with empty caves and npcs

To be frank it just feels empty, early access or not. There is no motivation to do anything, no loot isnt special or "rare" because it can be found in any given house on any planet. I found the main reason I even wasted my time playing this game was spent searching for terrains I had not yet seen, for simple wow factor. The game was in short, a total failure and not what they had conveyed from their original plans. SURE it's early access, try again in what they have put up to be in terms of updates in a year or two.
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20 of 36 people (56%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 6
Early Access Review
What a Terrible game, Terrible Developers and Terrible lack of updates.


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