Get ready to start playing Starbound for keeps

Final character wipe due in ‘about a week’s time’

Starbound is fantastic. Its scope is enormous, and it could easily keep players exploring for years to come. At least, it can once progress is no longer reset every few weeks. Thankfully, that date is soon approaching, with a Starbound development blog post yesterday promising the next patch in “about a week’s time.”

This patch contains the fix to save files that makes each one forward compatible. In other words, the character wipe that will happen with this patch should be the last one ever. On a slightly unsettling note, Chucklefish has added that there is a possibility for worlds to be wiped in the future, but that those “hopefully” would be safe from deletion as well. So it still may not be wise to start working on a massive futuristic fortress in case the planet chosen for real estate makes like Alderaan and blows the joint.

Also included in the upcoming patch are options for more severe penalties for dying (drop all items and permanent character death), more weapons (revolvers, shivs, and alien weapons), and more decorative hats (hats). Has it been a week yet?

Darren Nakamura
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, strategy, and rhythm games, he takes particular interest in independent games. He produced the Zero Cool Podcast for about four years, and he plays board games quite a bit when he can find willing companions.