Starbound pre-orders open, approaching $500,000 stretch goal

Monday, 15th April 2013 01:09 GMT By Brenna Hillier

Chucklefish has opened pre-orders for Starbound, amassing an impressive 18,875 orders for a total of $470,313 at time of writing.

The pre-order campaign is going so well the developer has listed stretch goals, with the next one adding an entire new race to the sci-fi sandbox. Hopefully, the success will enable Chucklefish to achieve its goal of getting all its staff on board full-time, instead of working multiple jobs while self-financing.

Starbound is described by our very own DSB as “an ultra-cute Terraria, in space”. It combines sci-fi narrative with sandbox gameplay, giving players quests and freeform exploration options while they restore and upgrade their space station – all with the option of co-op play.

There are loads of planets to visit on your adventures, and Chucklefish promises that each one will be unique. Find one you like, and you can claim it as your, forever; you can also record your discoveries and share them online so other players can check out your findings.

If you’re interested in where the team plan to take the game, check out the developer’s roadmap, again described by DSB as “just about the cutest thing you ever saw”. Bless. There are plenty of screens and video demos available, too.

The indie effort is expected later this year via Steam, on Linux, Mac and PC. Pre-orders net beta access among other goodies, depending on how much you want to cough up.



  1. LordSkyline

    Got my Pre-Order in like within 10 mins of it going live. Can’t wait to play this with my friends.
    Probably one of the games of this year that get me the most excited.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DSB

    Don’t tell me that isn’t the cutest roadmap you’ve ever seen.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. Brenna Hillier

    @2 I won’t argue.

    PS That was the best news suggestion post I’ve ever seen. You guys should all be that enthusiastic when you highlight stuff you like. It makes a refreshing change from the “HAL0 6 TEASER LEAKED???” stuff.

    #3 2 years ago
  4. KernelPanic

    Stretch goal 1 reached. Now lets get fossils! This game is going to be very awesome and I think I’m going to play this for a long time! :)

    #4 2 years ago

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