Update: Pre-Orders Open for Starbound

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Update: Pre-Orders Open for Starbound

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The space-themed spiritual successor to Terraria is now available for pre-order in a crowdfunding style of reward tiers.

Terraria was a quaint little mining and crafting simulator best described as a 2D pixel version of Minecraft. Its main distinction was that while Minecraft billed itself as a "do whatever you want" sandbox kind of game, Terraria felt almost like a classic RPG, with levels, NPC shops, randomized weapons and boss battles. Starbound is the spiritual successor to the game, and is best described as "Terraria but in space." The game is now available for "pre-order" in a crowdfunding style campaign. This means that the game isn't actually finished yet, and your pre-order is directly funding the game's development. Yes, it is essentially a Kickstarter campaign.

So what does pre-ordering get you? There are seven tiers of increasing price, each netting you some extra freebies. The basic game is $15, with a 25% discount if you buy a four-pack. All tiers also include a free soundtrack, and beta access to the game, which should launch some time later this year. More expensive tiers allow you to help design custom content for the game, with the most expensive tier, platinum, immortalizing the buyer as a statue in-game. As of writing, developer Chucklefish has raised $157,509 for the game.

The FAQ states that the game will be released on Windows, Mac and Linux, with at least the Windows release being handled by Steam. If you are worried about the game being cancelled due to not getting enough pre-orders, the devs have stated that "Starbound is going to make it out in 2013 no matter what. But by pre-ordering you help it get here even faster."

Starbound will have a heavy focus on multiplayer co-op. You will start out on a dropship and basically be given free reign to go out and colonize any of the randomly-generated worlds. The devs want players to go out and colonize with the help of their friends, and then team up to fight the creatures that live there. Players will also have a space station "home base," which can be upgraded with cool things like a mech-building factory if they find materials for it out on their colonies.

Eariler this month, Terraria developer Redigit teased some screenshots for an upcoming update to Terraria.

Source: Starbound

Update: Starbound pre-orders have hit $500,000 in total pledges, meaning that the first stretch goal has been reached, and a new race, the Novakids, will be implemented into the game. The team have put up a second stretch goal for $750,000: fossils.

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Was wondering if there was gonna be an article on this.

I've already put my 75 dollars down, I've been anticipating this game since it first appeared after Terraria went pear shaped.

Hopefully the pre-ordering will indeed speed up the development process, allowing the Chucklefish to work work full time (some or all of them have day jobs) on it until release.

Oh and the soundtrack is a great bonus incentive, I've heard it already on the Starbound forums long ago and it's fantastic, especially Hymn To The Stars.

Here's the character creator if anyone is curious as to what your choices will be and what you can look like.

http://community.playstarbound.com/chucklechargen/

Looks damn cool, I look forward to it.

But if that image is in game, then James Cameron gonna sue somebody.

I wonder if they will make huge promises again and then decide that theres more money to make on consoles again.

Karadalis - This article headline is misleading. This game is not being made by the same people that made Terraria. The only person they have in common is Tiy, who did pixel art in the original game. They have no intention of slipping into the same line of dickery that eventually befell Terraria.

Karadalis:
I wonder if they will make huge promises again and then decide that theres more money to make on consoles again.

Considering it's not the same developer that did that, no.

rustybroomhandle:
Karadalis - This article headline is misleading. This game is not being made by the same people that made Terraria. The only person they have in common is Tiy, who did pixel art in the original game. They have no intention of slipping into the same line of dickery that eventually befell Terraria.

Yeah this was my immediate thought. Steven, you'll be giving it a bad name with the implication that the same devs are working on it. In fact from what I understand, Tiy left due to the Terraria dickery.

isn't red working on terraria again now?

Been keeping an eye on this one for awhile and I'm looking forward to try it out.

I'm curious if the mulitiplayer focus will make the game nearly unplayable solo.

Karadalis:
I wonder if they will make huge promises again and then decide that theres more money to make on consoles again.

The guy who made that call is now back on the Terraria bandwagon. (obviously after realizing he basically left a cash cow to graze pointlessly in a field and IS now making PC updates as well)

This is the OTHER guy, who then left and wanted to do more things. Hense why everyone's all open to give it the benefit of the doubt.

Going to grab this and most likely the bundle deal for friends and I'd also hope this comes to consoles eventually.

Doclector:
Looks damn cool, I look forward to it.

But if that image is in game, then James Cameron gonna sue somebody.

Well, we'll have to wait for him to sue every single other military Sci-Fi thing made after 1986 first.

OT: Oh yes, I'm very excited for this, I'm a big fan of Terraria and Sci-Fi, so this mix seems perfect for me.

rustybroomhandle:
They have no intention of slipping into the same line of dickery that eventually befell Terraria.

That's funny, because that was true up until a few months ago. Redigit is updating Terraria again and the forums have been ablaze with hyping, multiplying with each teaser image he's released.

looks a lot like cortex command...

I played quite a lot of Terraria so this looks interesting. But I don't believe in pre-ordering and I am not affected by the hype. I will wait for the reviews and the opinions of people who played it.
It also a kickstarter of a game at the same time and it's going to come out no matter what which has me to being skeptical. If they released something playable for everyone to try or at least a 30 minute video of gameplay then I could potentially be less skeptical.

looking at that link for terraria being updated led me to this
http://www.terrariaonline.com/threads/official-terraria-irc-plugdj-spoilers-thread.96063/
I seems hardmode will be revamped. Maybe this revamp will fix the part near the end of hardmode that got me to stop playing.

-Dragmire-:
I'm curious if the mulitiplayer focus will make the game nearly unplayable solo.

Very unlikely.
The dev team has said in the past and possibly in the FAQ that they have every intention of making the game fully playable and enjoyable playing by yourself.

rustybroomhandle:
Karadalis - This article headline is misleading. This game is not being made by the same people that made Terraria. The only person they have in common is Tiy, who did pixel art in the original game. They have no intention of slipping into the same line of dickery that eventually befell Terraria.

Oh? In that case ill definatly check the game out.

But why is it called a sequel when it more or less has nothing to do with terraria?

Huh. So this is what it feels like to be topic-jacked by the news room.
How odd.

On topic: I was one of the first few hundred to pre-order (the backer counter still had ??? indicated), but man. It EXPLODED after that, generating 100k in about 4 hours.

EDIT: And it just passed 10000 backers @ $250,000 as of this post.

JoshuaMadoc:

rustybroomhandle:
They have no intention of slipping into the same line of dickery that eventually befell Terraria.

That's funny, because that was true up until a few months ago. Redigit is updating Terraria again and the forums have been ablaze with hyping, multiplying with each teaser image he's released.

Yeah...I have no doubt that Red saw the writing on the wall.

Reincarnatedwolfgod:
Look interesting but I don't believe in pre-ordering and I am not affected the hype. I will wait for reviews and the opinions of people who played it.

^ This. There is no reason to really pre-order because there have been so many broken promises and lies in the game industry lately in both the indie and AAA scene (of course less on the indie side but still some).

I'm tired of putting my faith in a developer and being let down. Show me the product I want first then I'll show you the money, not before.

piinyouri:

-Dragmire-:
I'm curious if the mulitiplayer focus will make the game nearly unplayable solo.

Very unlikely.
The dev team has said in the past and possibly in the FAQ that they have every intention of making the game fully playable and enjoyable playing by yourself.

Oh, that's good to hear. While I enjoy playing with friends, I spend the majority of my gaming time playing solo so that aspect is important to me.

Terraria did not have levels, OP.

Nor is it best described as a Pixel 2D RPG Minecraft. It's much more like an action adventure game with crafting.

Tiy just updated the pre-order; apparently, they are adding another race called the Novakid if pre-orders hit $500,000.

michael87cn:
Terraria did not have levels, OP.

Nor is it best described as a Pixel 2D RPG Minecraft. It's much more like an action adventure game with crafting.

Its biomes might as well be whole levels.

RatherDull:

michael87cn:
Terraria did not have levels, OP.

Nor is it best described as a Pixel 2D RPG Minecraft. It's much more like an action adventure game with crafting.

Its biomes might as well be whole levels.

I believe they meant character levels, which they're weren't really any in a strictly traditional sense, just the stars for increasing mana and the heart crystals for increasing health.

Your gear was your level really.

As someone who has put way too much time into Terraria and has had a blast.

I've been anticipating this game for a long time and it looks great. Like a spiritual successor to Terraria but with much more content. You can absolutely bet I'm pre-ordering this game.

when i have a little chunkof extra change, this will be the first kickstarter i contribute to. i didnt give terraria onpc a fair chance, i liked it, but in the middle of my minecraft era, i found terraria exactly one dimension lacking.but now that i'm playing it on xbox, i can't get enough. and the promise of "terraria, but then inspace and landing on other terrarii" oh hells yes.

rustybroomhandle:
Karadalis - This article headline is misleading. This game is not being made by the same people that made Terraria. The only person they have in common is Tiy, who did pixel art in the original game. They have no intention of slipping into the same line of dickery that eventually befell Terraria.

Ah see this is what I thought. "Fuck that guy"- basically.

But now I might consider it.

That's actually THE first adventure-exploration-sandbox that caught my attention. Will definitely consider picking that up or even getting a preorder.

So going to pre-order this

Multiple procedurally generated planets? Oh daddy likes!

rustybroomhandle:
Karadalis - This article headline is misleading. This game is not being made by the same people that made Terraria. The only person they have in common is Tiy, who did pixel art in the original game. They have no intention of slipping into the same line of dickery that eventually befell Terraria.

Forgive my ignorance, but what kind of dickery befell Terraria?

MopBox:

rustybroomhandle:
Karadalis - This article headline is misleading. This game is not being made by the same people that made Terraria. The only person they have in common is Tiy, who did pixel art in the original game. They have no intention of slipping into the same line of dickery that eventually befell Terraria.

Forgive my ignorance, but what kind of dickery befell Terraria?

The developer came out of left field after a big update and declared further development kaput.

piinyouri:

MopBox:

rustybroomhandle:
Karadalis - This article headline is misleading. This game is not being made by the same people that made Terraria. The only person they have in common is Tiy, who did pixel art in the original game. They have no intention of slipping into the same line of dickery that eventually befell Terraria.

Forgive my ignorance, but what kind of dickery befell Terraria?

The developer came out of left field after a big update and declared further development kaput.

More specifically, the developer promised further content and bug fixes, and then didn't deliver.
The last patch was the foreign language update (with a couple of hotfixes), back in early January of 2012.

piinyouri:

The developer came out of left field after a big update and declared further development kaput.

Atmos Duality:

More specifically, the developer promised further content and bug fixes, and then didn't deliver.
The last patch was the foreign language update (with a couple of hotfixes), back in early January of 2012.

to be fair, its not like the game was broken or lacked content, especially for the p[rice tag, plus the fact that the game is getting another big update soon enough anyway I dont see how people can be that mad at Redigit.

anywho, pre-ordered the game looks interesting enough and i like how they going for the kickstarter-esque approach as its a much more solid investment then just using kickstarter.

ramboondiea:

to be fair, its not like the game was broken or lacked content, especially for the p[rice tag, plus the fact that the game is getting another big update soon enough anyway I dont see how people can be that mad at Redigit.

I am actually with you there; I'm just clarifying by relating the events I saw as they unfolded.

On one hand, I understand the anger at Redigit; nobody like broken promises.
On the other, a lot of fans took it way, way too far.

anywho, pre-ordered the game looks interesting enough and i like how they going for the kickstarter-esque approach as its a much more solid investment then just using kickstarter.

I took a risk on a pre-order here, though given what I've seen so far from the gameplay demonstrations and WiP streams, I think it's far more honest and reliable than something like that infamous Aliens: Colonial Marines demo.

At this point, I'm just hoping Tiy and his crew don't enter into a semi-perpetual "New Feature - Delay" cycle.
They've announced at least two tentative release dates so far, but have pushed them back as the project has grown.
While there's nothing inherently wrong with this increased ambition, its audience is eventually going to tire of waiting, or build up their expectations beyond reason.

*tangential commentary here*
Especially with games that have such a large, growing demand.

This age of AAA gaming has given us two things: Blockbusters and then stagnation.
Blockbusters have created heightened expectations, while stagnation has created a greater demand for variety.
Together, I believe they have created sort of "powder-keg gaming culture", where there is tremendous demand for variety AND quality, but neither are being provided together.

When something as ambitious as Terraria or Starbound comes around in such a market to fulfill that demand, people are going to raise expectations.

And I think that's what caused the added tension for the backlash against Redigit, more than anything.
I was happy with Terraria when he announced cessation of development, inspite of his promises, but for me it was just disappointment. For many other fans of Terraria, that announcement caused an explosion of vitriol on TerrariaOnline's forums and even a bit here on The Escapist.

Atmos Duality:
snippipity snap

lets face it, if you liked terraria, the chances are your going to like starbound, they are fundamentally the same game idea with some altered mechanics, i figure thats why the pre-orders exploded the way it did.

and apparently the reason there is such a big difference in pre-order tiers is because its both the money to allow the current dev team to do this full time (alot of them have 2 jobs) and to also hire more people to work on these "promised" features. so the more the make the quicker the game is likely to come out (at-least thats the theory).

i really dont see how people where able to get down on Redigit really tho, i mean with all the updates he did i would say he lived up to that promise, i mean that -hard- update basically tripled the games content and it was free, i mean the game cost what? 5. i would definitely say people got there moneys worth and i would say Redigit did more then enough to appeal to people. i mean he has actually gone back after all the complaints about the console release to add MORE crap to the game, i just really don't know how people bag on the guy. because lets face it, alot of what people were demanding stemmed from entitlement (the bad kind).

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