The indie title Starbound has been much anticipated by fans of the Minecraft inspired sandbox genre over the past year. Chucklefish created the game aspiring to be a spiritual successor to the much loved Terraria. The game will still have the fantastic multiplayer, the randomly generated content, and beautiful platforming environment. The title differs from Terraria in that there are multiple playable races and many NPCs to interact with. Many of the playable races of the game have already been announced. These include Apex (apes), Avian (birds), Floran (plants), Glitch (robots), and many other interesting races. The thing that really sets Starbound apart from the crowd is the ability to travel from planet to planet and inhabit new generated worlds while running into random races from the planets that you discover.
Chucklefish has recently allowed for pre-orders that will unlock the beta key as soon as it is available. Once you pre-order you will receive a variety of digital swag for your contribution. The lowest level of contribution is $15 which will get you into the beta and a soundtrack of the game. The coolest rewards begin to happen at $45 when your name is added to the random name generator in the game. Additionally at the $500 mark you get to design a hat for the game, at $1000 you will get to create an in-game weapon, and, if you’re willing to fork over $2000 to contribute, the developers will be more than happy to add an immortalized statue of you into the game.
Starbound was formally announced in February of 2012 and the tiered Kickstarter-style backing campaign was to be opened up April of 2013, this month. In less than 24 hours of kicking off the campaign over 10,000 people backed the title contributing over $230,000 to make the game a reality. Although the game has not yet been given an official release date, Chucklefish has continued to release content on the progress of the title regularly. Set your phasers from stun to kill because Starbound will be releasing for Windows, Mac, and Linux, as well as a release for the Ouya a little after the official launch.