Starbound is Finally Set to Officially Launch, Full Version is “Close”

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Chucklefish has announced the final, official PC and Mac release for Starbound is actually pretty close.

The sci-fi, 2D sandbox adventure game has been in open development for years, with its initial release dating back to December of 2013. Now, the full release, version 1.0 is reportedly “close,” according to the developer.

The game will receive quite a few changes and new features the full release, with the planet biomes getting an overhaul, alongside new dungeons, sidequests, improvements to crafting, and more. You should read the entire developer blog post, it goes over quite a bit.

It remains to be seen when the PlayStation 4 and PS Vita versions of the game will come, or if they’re even in development currently, however we’ve reached out to Chucklefish for an update.



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  1. Heavily Augmented
    Heavily Augmented
    April 4, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    No wonder the development team are called Chucklefish. They’re chuckling at the people who paid Early Access for their game to wait this long for them to finish it.

  2. DeusEx
    April 4, 2016 at 7:22 pm

    How many of you learned your lesson about never paying for alpha/beta version games?

  3. atlow
    April 4, 2016 at 7:23 pm

    It’s hard to keep up with all the unfinished shovelware out there these days.

  4. dogmentation
    April 4, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    *raises hand*

  5. Heresy Hammer
    Heresy Hammer
    April 4, 2016 at 7:40 pm

    I’m not giving chucklefuck any amount of money.

  6. dogmentation
    April 4, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    Only one of two things can come from a game that has lingered this long in early access development revision hell: Either it collapses in upon itself like a black hole, or the game is released in a playable yet underwhelming state, a quivering, malnourished lump of disappointment huddled in a composting nest of unfulfilled promises.
    Looks like they’re aiming firmly at the latter. Godspeed, Chucklefish.

  7. No_Good_Names_Ever
    April 4, 2016 at 8:06 pm

    There’s no such thing.

  8. bdp
    April 4, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Am i the only one not super mad over this game that bought it way back when?

  9. Thanatos2k
    April 4, 2016 at 10:46 pm

    Good thing I never bought this in early access. Now I can get it for half off during the Steam summer sale….

  10. Anderino
    April 4, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    That was actually pretty informative since I had never hear the story of Starbound. Still have some fuzzy parts.

  11. Resdarva
    April 5, 2016 at 1:23 am

    I mean it took them god long to push out updates, but at the same time I don’t even regret buying it like two years ago since i believed i had plenty of fun for my money’s worth. Getting some more fun out of it now won’t hurt

  12. CoarseHock
    April 5, 2016 at 3:49 am

    Probably the most unprofessional excuse for a company I’ve seen in a long time. They can take a long walk.

  13. Shinobu
    April 5, 2016 at 3:56 am

    Terraria 2 when?

  14. エリック
    April 5, 2016 at 4:53 am

    I miss the halcyon days when throwing down for Minecraft got me something incredible in it’s raw form. Now I’m firmly in the no preorder camp.

  15. エリック
    April 5, 2016 at 4:54 am

    75% at least.

  16. Brandon Wolfley
    Brandon Wolfley
    April 5, 2016 at 4:57 am

    This is that Terraria wearing a Sci-fi disguise thing, right? I’ll chose pass.

  17. Brandon Wolfley
    Brandon Wolfley
    April 5, 2016 at 4:59 am

    I dunno The Long Dark is pretty… ok.

  18. Thanatos2k
    April 5, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Game’s been out for 2 years already it better be at least half off.

  19. UnpluggedBeta
    April 5, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    If it was that simple, it would be a no-brainer purchase for people who liked Terraria.

    Instead, you get… I’m not even sure what it’s trying to be, unless that thing is garbage.

  20. Demetirus
    April 5, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    I’m largely ambivalent to this. I bought the game in early access and got a good 100+ hours of enjoyment out of it. Considering the cost, I’d say that was a good investment overall. However, I feel like I’ve played enough and just can’t be arsed to get excited about the official release. I don’t think it’s a bad game, that’s a given considering how much time I put in, but I just.. don’t care? I think that’s the best I can give this. Best of luck to them, though!

  21. No_Good_Names_Ever
    April 5, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    But nothing made and put out unfinished has a guarantee it will be finished and if so, there’s always the chance it could end up being something different that no longer grabs your interest.

  22. DynastyStar
    April 6, 2016 at 12:25 am

    *raises hand* I learned my lesson after SMITE. Whenever a youtuber I follow starts an LP on a new game I don’t know, the FIRST thing I do is go into the description(or manually find it on Steam) to see if its in Early Access. If it is, I just leave a comment like “nope, sorry, Early Access”

  23. FalseTragedian
    April 6, 2016 at 11:53 pm

    Bayeux Tapestry… That brings me back.