t he big pic­ture: st ar­bound

Af­ter a quiet year, Star­bound fi­nally re-es­tab­lishes con­tact

XBox: The Official Magazine (US) - - CONTENTS -

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.

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