UK developer Chucklefish’s space exploration sim Starbound is about to get a whole lot bigger. According to news posted on the developer’s blog, soon players will have a whole lot more travel options. Currently, the game allows travel to other alien planets, as well as limited trips to asteroids and moons for mining and fueling. Plans for a new update will allow travel in the space between planets, as well as allowing players to land on space stations, traveling merchant ships and abandoned ships, significantly widening the scope of the game and allowing for additional story opportunities.
According to the blog, “Systems won’t just be static, either — moons orbit planets, planets orbit stars, and rich opportunities come and go, rewarding patient explorers with brand new perils and plunder!”
Pictured above is a work in progress mock up of the new navigation interface. While the new mechanics seem to be well on their way to being implemented, no release date has been announced yet.
According to prior information released by the Starbound team, interplanetary travel won’t be the only major update, as they are also planning on releasing personal mechs with customizable paint jobs for players to use when exploring new space frontiers. Combined with the news of interplanetary travel and even more locations to explore, it makes sense that these features would be released together as the team seems to be focusing consistently on expanding exploration in a variety of different ways. Additionally, the team is looking to branch out and bring Starbound to Xbox One Game Preview in the future.
Starbound is currently on stable hotfix version 1.2.2 as of January 18th.
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