You are lost in a mysterious desert, scattered with the remnants of a lost civilization. Determined to survive, you must find water, food, shade, and shelter. But as you learn the secrets of these dunes, an ancient threat awakens...
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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“For the first time — taking our courage in both hands — we decided to work on this project full time. Starsand is our first, true attempt at making video games for a living. As an indie studio, we believe we can achieve this also by involving passionate players in the process, building a community, and listening to every suggestion and feedback we receive.

We want the game to be enjoyable and complete since the beginning, but we also want to update it, polish it, and add new content as we go. We know where we are going, though we want to bring the players with us on this journey; and, sometimes, let them be our guide.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We still don’t have a release date, so a prediction about the length of the Early Access would probably be misleading. Once we have a release date, we are also planning to experiment with a closed beta. Our best bet for a final release, though, would be summer 2022.”

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

“One thing is for certain: the full version is going to have more content. We are planning to add or expand on the following features:

• Complete storyline
• New gameplay dynamics
• More locations (especially “the places below”)
• More traps and weapons
• Better optimization
• Improve UI/UX
• Multiplayer Co-op
• Make a VR version of the game”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Since the beginning, we started the development process with the idea of releasing the game in Early Access. This means we want to provide a full game experience that is fun to play, while also leaving room to evolve according to new ideas. Therefore, all the standard items are already craftable, plus two different base building sets. All the oases are also there for the player to find, together with animals and other creatures. There’s enough content to experience and wonder — what is coming next?”

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

“Nothing major, but after Early Access has finished, the final price will reflect the additional content developed during this time. The price won’t change during the Early Access period.”

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

“We plan to keep our community up to date with our progress, in order to discuss new ideas and address issues in a timely manner. We’ll invite players to join our upcoming Discord server to chat in real time and give feedback on dedicated channels, so that they can also monitor our progress and be active spectators of the development process. Of course we’ll also make sure to post updates, new features, screenshots, and videos on the Steam community hub.”
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Planned Release Date: Early 2021

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About This Game

Starsand is a desert survival game set among the dunes of a remote planet. An open world full of danger, a vast desert for you to explore and solve the mystery of an extinct civilization.

While running a desert marathon, you get caught by a sudden sandstorm and end up swallowed by a yellow wall of sand. You find shelter for the night in an old desert shrine and you wake up next morning with the feeling something's not quite right. The storm is over and the sky is clear; all around you, calm reigns over an ocean of infinite sand. If you survive long enough they’ll eventually find you and rescue you, that’s the plan. Hope is going to keep you alive, at least until you find out the truth about this place.

Find shade, find water, find life. Save your energy, avoid the hottest hours, keep warm during the coldest nights. Hunt for food, craft your weapons, build your shelter. Once you’ve built your shelter, take a tip and build stronger walls, add some traps, and craft bigger weapons, because these dunes are teeming with noxious creatures hungry for your flesh.

In this desert, you are both hunter and prey. Insect-like predators arise from their dark nests beneath the sand. Use fire to keep them at a distance, blow them up with explosive coconut grenades, reinforce your base walls, add spikes, set traps, build turrets. Do whatever it takes to survive.

Find your bearings in a vast and lonely desert, but learn how easily you can get lost when you are caught in the eye of a sandstorm. Thirst and heat will kill you during the day, but nights won’t be easier as the temperature drastically drops down. Find your ways to build paths you can trust, learn from animals, rely on the sun to orient yourself, don’t waste any energy. Become a desert dweller.

Starsand Early Access development is open, and the development team wants to hear from you.

[Disclaimer] We want to make clear that the video teaser you can see here is cinematic, and a gameplay video is coming soon, but this teaser doesn’t look much different from the actual gameplay.

We are Tunnel Vision Studio, a small creative team ready to take on the world wielding RAM sticks, dressed in GPU-coated armor, with a VR visor as a helm. We are a handful of valiant geeks based in Rome, willing not to surrender to the allure of countries with fiber optic broadband and unhealthy food. We make a living out of what we like to do: everything involving virtual reality, video games, electronic music, cutting-edge technology, and coding.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 7
    • Processor: core i3
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 960
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
    • OS: Windows 10
    • Processor: core i5
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060
    • Storage: 10 GB available space
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