It’s been in development for five years, with three of those years spent in Early Access on Steam, but Starbound is finally ready to launch this month.
For now, you can still explore the stars in our list of PC’s best space games.
Starbound has undergone lots of changes in that lengthy development period, letting you explore in a ship that can also act as a base, adding in the ability to teleport back to your home planet’s base at any time, delivering a full-on story mode, and loads more.
“After ~5 years, the game we set out to make finally exists, and to say that it all feels a bit surreal would be a massive understatement,” says Chucklefish.
“While Starbound will be finished in two weeks, this isn’t the end. We will continue to update and support Starbound for as long as we can. We’ve got loads of cool ideas we couldn’t fit into 1.0 but hope to put into future updates.
“Thanks again for all your support over the years! You’ve stuck with us, and it means so much.”
We took a look at how Starbound has been shaping up a few months back, seeing how it fared in comparison to the first Early Access version we tried such a long time ago, on a planet far, far away, probably. We thought it was the best Starbound has been, despite the new structure being a bit limiting in the early game.
No doubt it will have improved even more by the time it launches feature complete on July 22.