hot  /  reviews  /  videos  /  cblogs  /  qposts

Keep up on Starbound's development with the Roadmap

12:15 PM on 04.05.2013 // Darren Nakamura

Look forward to losing hundreds of hours later this year

Our coverage of Chucklefish's upcoming space-faring open-world game Starbound has been criminally weak. Aside from some brief mentions here and there when talking about Terraria and Edge of Space, we've been dark on the game over that past year of its development. I'm part of the problem, because I heard "Terraria in space" and immediately filed it under "buy it as soon as it's available" in my brain, and haven't been keeping up with its progress.

That ends now. Chucklefish has released the delightful Starbound Roadmap, detailing the various components of the game and estimating their levels of completion, as well as which team member is working on what at any given time. At the top of the page, there is the vague, but promising release date listed as 2013. After reading through some of the sections on the Roadmap, it's clear that Starbound is intended to be so much more than just Terraria in space. And I have now filed it in a different section of my brain: "long for it every day until it is released."

Check out the screens that have been posted below, and if you want a quick run down of some of the features planned for Starbound, scroll past the gallery.

After going through all of the different parts of the Roadmap, it's clear to me that Starbound is so much more ambitious than Terraria, which itself was far deeper than it initially let on. If you aren't keen on looking through the whole site, here are some features that you may want to know about, in handy bulleted list form for quick consumption.

  • There appear to be six different playable races, with distinct genders
  • Each race has its own style of village and dungeon
  • Party mechanics will be implemented for multiplayer
  • Hunger and temperature will be factors to keep in mind
  • Planet biomes are determined by planet size and distance from the system's star
  • Each planet has one dungeon to explore
  • Alien creatures will be procedurally generated and include quadrupeds, bipeds, humanoids, and more
  • NPCs will have missions that give the player more direction
  • Vehicles are planned, including mechs and hoverbikes

I'm losing my mind just thinking about all of this. I can't wait for all of those progress bars to fill up so we can get our hands on it!

Photo Gallery: (46 images)
Click to zoom - browse by swipe, or use arrow keys

Darren Nakamura, Associate Editor
 Follow Blog + disclosure Dexter345 Tips
Darren is a scientist during the day. He has been a Destructoid community member since 2006, joining the front page as a contributor in 2011. While he enjoys shooters, RPGs, platformers, strateg... more   |   staff directory

 Setup email comments

Unsavory comments? Please report harassment, spam, and hate speech to our community fisters, and flag the user (we will ban users dishing bad karma). Can't see comments? Apps like Avast or browser extensions can cause it. You can fix it by adding * to your whitelists.

 Add your impressions

Status updates from C-bloggers

CJ Andriessen avatarCJ Andriessen
Dear Playboy: Love your video game coverage, but how about you start making some topless unboxing videos? Seeing someone unwrap a copy of Call of Duty is boring. Seeing a topless Playmate unwrap a copy of anything is awesome!
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
In happier news, Level-5 is already talking Yo-Kai Watch 2's Western release, and better/worse yet, they're considering amiibo support for the series! And hey, if they can't get Jibanyan into Smash, that'd be one way to get the West's attention.
gajknight avatargajknight
I drank a glass of Ovaltine for the first time in years today. It was nice. Like drinking a glass of my childhood, complete with ignorance, embarrassing angst, tears (so many tears) and night terrors. Ah, the good 'ol days.
OverlordZetta avatarOverlordZetta
[img][/img] This is just depressing. Digital classics on consoles are such a great idea, but it's like not a single company wants to really go through with it.
StriderHoang avatarStriderHoang
My heart will always be yours, Papyrus #2spoopy4me
GoofierBrute avatarGoofierBrute
I recently beat Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow again, but this time I played on Hard mode from scratch. Outside of dying a few times due to me being an idiot, and enemies hitting harder, it was actually easy. Like really easy.
Gamemaniac3434 avatarGamemaniac3434
Today I replated bacteria that I made take up a plamid hopefully stitched onto the genes generatlight. Taken from other dead bacteria and put into a non glowing species, to make it glow. Fucking microbiology is the best.
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
It seems fairy farts are a fragrance, a soap, incense, a vaping liquid and a kind of nail polish. I'm clearly in the wrong line of work and need to eat more chili.
Cannibal Steven avatarCannibal Steven
"You gave the Lost Soul a big smile, like you remember she likes to do... For some reason she sort of wants to smile back..." I'm not crying. Not one bit.
ChrisHannard avatarChrisHannard
Just tried 'The Last Of Us' on PSNow Trial, only to be told... 'Something went wrong. Try again.' Game-appropriate error message or quickie plot-summary?
TheAngriestCarp avatarTheAngriestCarp
I hate when people say crap like "I admit that [thing] in games is problematic, but I still enjoy it" because it's an underhanded way of contradicting your own views while convincing yourself that you aren't a hypocrite.
ChillyBilly avatarChillyBilly
Well shit. I knew I was more than likely going to enjoy Star Wars Battlefront (cause you know, giant Star Wars nerd and all) but holy cow, the beta is fucking great! I need the full game like, now.
SpielerDad avatarSpielerDad
Anyone here going to NYC Comic Con? Always wanted to go and lived so close, but alas, it wasn't meant to be.
Mark Plechaty avatarMark Plechaty
Well I haven't seen any levels like this on mario maker so maybe it's unique the I'd is 55BD000000961CBA GIVE IT A GO and let me know what you think
Jiraya avatarJiraya
Hey Stranger ... wadda you buying ? Want some crack ? Here ya go... [youtube][/youtube]
Sr Churros avatarSr Churros
My brother caught me this Pokémon in our room yesterday. How should I name it? [img][/img]
Pixie The Fairy avatarPixie The Fairy
Yay, I got off of work early and may have Friday off! I have a sinking feeling I'm going to work 10 hours on Saturday as a result, though :/ We ran out of stuff to make stuff with so they must ship us stuff so we can ship stuff.
SeymourDuncan17 avatarSeymourDuncan17
Yo yo I'm Marie and I got dat gangsta flow. High scores ain't no trip, cuz I whip that shit like Sonic quick. I-I mean no! I didn't say anything! Stupidrecordbreakingcombodolt. [img][/img]
Mike Martin avatarMike Martin
I'm watching you.
FlanxLycanth avatarFlanxLycanth
more quickposts


destructoid's previous coverage:

  Feb 05

Chucklefish talks 'finished' Starbound, next game

Company hopes to continue publishing on the side

  Jan 15

Get ready to start playing Starbound for keeps

Final character wipe due in 'about a week's time'

  Dec 04

Starbound beta takes off with release of new trailer

Randomly generated sci-fi action/RPG beta starts NOW

View all:powered by:  MM.Elephant

Ads on destructoid may be purchased from:

Please contact Crave Online, thanks!


Invert site colors

  Dark Theme
  Light Theme

Destructoid means family.
Living the dream, since 2006

Pssst. konami code + enter

modernmethod logo

Back to Top

We follow moms on   Facebook  and   Twitter
  Light Theme      Dark Theme
Pssst. Konami Code + Enter!
You may remix stuff our site under creative commons w/@
- Destructoid means family. Living the dream, since 2006 -