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After a quiet year, Starbound finally re-establishes contact
It feels like this has been a long time coming— after saying it would be coming to Xbox at some point seemingly ages ago, it finally made a console appearance at an ID@Xbox event recently, and was greeted with a heavy sigh of relief followed by excitement.
This Terraria- like exploration and crafting game sees you traveling across space looking for habitable planets to explore and thrive on. It’s all procedurally generated, so you never know what the planet will be like, or if its inhabitants will be friendly. You’ll need to build a base and learn to survive at first, but eventually you’ll thrive by selling crops or dealing with NPCs on your journey.
There’s more of a story mode here compared to Terraria so you’ll have something to follow, though the real joy is in constantly discovering new creatures and terrain and learning to adapt to it. With every planet being randomly generated, it’ll be easy to spend hours just exploring this marvellous pixellated universe. Starbound will hit Xbox One later this year.