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#1 IMG News

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 08:13 AM

Chucklefish has a new website for its upcoming adventure title, Starbound. The sci-fi themed title places players in the role of a character feeling the destruction of his homeworld. It will feature quests and story driven missions "buried inside its vast sandbox universe."

Starbound begins with you fleeing your homeworld in a space shuttle, just as itís destroyed by an unknown enemy. With nothing to guide it, the escape pod shoots into space without direction, becoming hopelessly lost in a sea of stars. As luck would have it, the space shuttle makes contact with an abandoned space station and an adventure begins that will take you hurtling across the universe. Starbound contains both quests and story driven missions, buried inside its vast sandbox universe.

The space station in Starbound is sprawling and full of potential. Throughout your travels youíll find ways to upgrade and repair it, restoring it to its former glory. Youíll need to find a crew, conduct research, catch rare creatures, and unlock its multitude of facilities. From a factory capable of producing mechs to labs where captured enemies can be studied and trained, the space station contains everything you need to explore the universe.

Planets in Starbound are entirely procedurally generated and filled to the brim with unique content. We went into the planet generation with one simple goal: no two planets should be the same. By procedurally generating even the smallest details, weíre doing just that. Not only is the terrain of the planet procedurally generated, but the weather, the gravity, the difficulty level, the plant life, the behaviour and appearance of alien creatures, and much more all contain random or procedurally generated elements.

Because weíre working so hard to make each planet unique, we want to give you the tools to catalogue the things you find and make sure absolutely everything you find has depth in the world. Much like old school point and click adventures, absolutely every object in the world, right down to the trees and flowers, can be examined for a description.

See a weird alien tree? Examine it! Maybe youíll discover something about its use! For any explorer, sharing discoveries is important. So whilst the game is fully coop (Bring your friends along! Form an expedition!) you can also record your findings in an electronic logbook. Not only that, but each and every planet has unique coordinates in the Universe that you can share online, so other players can check out exactly what you found!

Exploring is wonderful, but everyone needs a place to call their own. Thatís why weíre letting you claim an entire planet!

When you claim a planet as your new homeworld, a whole new aspect of gameplay opens up. Everything that makes a planet unique is at your command. Feel like changing the weather? Build a weather centre! Donít like the terrain? Terraform it! Every aspect of the planet is under your control. Once youíre happy with it, start populating it with characters youíve met in your travels and take care of them! Theyíll have needs and desires and wonít hesitate to ask for your help if they require assistance.
Starbound is scheduled for release at the end of summer.
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 05:47 PM

This sounds interesting.
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Posted 20 February 2012 - 06:04 PM

Indeed it does.

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Posted 20 February 2012 - 07:04 PM

View PostIMG News, on 20 February 2012 - 08:13 AM, said:

You’ll need to find a crew, conduct research, catch rare creatures, and unlock its multitude of facilities. From a factory capable of producing mechs to labs where captured enemies can be studied and trained, the space station contains everything you need to explore the universe.
So then... we're Borgs.  I could live with that.  At least we aren't cockroaches scurrying under a mop head at the first sign of anything.  Is this single player or MMO with a bunch of yoink wads?
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