Upcoming Starbound Patch Offers Perma-Death, Guns, Decorative Hats
Starbound, the interstellar sandbox darling, is the game I am obsessed with right now, and Chucklefish Games are adding a big content patch hopefully at the end of this week. In the new Starbound patch, there’s some standard bug fixes for nerds, but also some juicy new content, promising to include the following:
- New game modes! Permadeath and drop-everything-on-death modes.
- Revolvers, pulse rifles, hand grenades, shivs, Floran needlers, Floran thorn hammer
- Human guards now wear soldier uniforms
- More decorative hats! Yay, hats!
- More random encounters
- Possibly more content, if it’s finished on time!
Oh joy! Guns! Hats! Oh wait, what’s the catch? Early Access always has a hidden* clause** somewhere***. The grim spectre of this upcoming patch is a dreaded “character wipe”, meaning the new additions are going to break your existing Starbound characters and worlds, forcing you to start from scratch. My paunchy, balding trucker I’ve lovingly named “Dirty Spaceman” shall be no more. Thankfully, Chucklefish Games are also including a new fix that promises this will be the last time they have to commit digital genocide on an entire internet’s worth of characters and worlds.
Chucklefish Games have been going a bang-up job keeping their flagship product growing, with lots of healthy communication between themselves and their audience, and a patch approximately once every 2 weeks. That’s exactly the way it should be with an Early Access game. It’s a conversation, not just a sale. Sadly, it’s not always this two-way, with crowdsourced and Early Access games on Steam having no obligation to fulfill their promises.
tomorrow Friday: we take a long, hard look at the dark side of Early Access games.