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Starbound Looks Like A 2D, Intergalactic Skyrim With Interplanetary Monsters

Posted on Friday, April 19 @ 13:01:44 PST by

NecroWolf sent me a PM the other day. "This game has preorders available now, and it's looking really good. Have you heard of it?" I had never heard of Starbound before, but Necro's message certainly piqued my interest thanks to a lengthy infographic attached to it. "Unique gameplay. Forever." is quite the claim, but the basis for it is certainly there.

[Update:] The graphic comes by way of Redditor Suasive. Hi suasive!!

7 classes to choose from is plenty, but will each race play differently enough from the other to feel unique? Some of them have special abilities like flight or this guy who looks like a werewolf. I like the style and it seems like Starbound will have tons of neat pixel graphics to gawk at. How does the animation look?

Here's a crafting screen with a ton of information. The infographic's author has a bunch of notations for onlookers like me who wonder what the fuck they're looking at . "Can mine radioactive ore without harm" definitely IS cool. What kind of gear will you need to fully explore a planet (more on that further down)?

The monster designs blend pixel style with some wild looks. Check out the blue fish-head-man or the purple bug next to him who reminds me of Weedle from Pokemon. This is another ballsy claim, but if the developers at Chucklefish build enough pieces, monster variety won't be a problem.

In the end one key detail about Starbound has me hovering my cursor over the preorder button on their site: the Universe System. The graphic explains that each server represents a universe and has plenty of room for concurrent players, but within each universe are "an effectively infinite number of planets" on each server. Those planets are set in 10 different tiers with appropriate content for a range of 10 levels respective to their tier. To travel between planets players will use their own personal spaceship that can also carry party members and expand "to be pretty massive."

NecroWolf and ChuckleFish practically stole $15 out of my wallet with this one. Preordering the game on the Starbound website will net you early beta access and higher tiers of support offer further bonuses, including designing your own weapon or having an NPC named after you. Don't forget to check out the complete infographic for more info, but this was all it took to sell me.
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Tags:   Starbound, PC, indie

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