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Indie game Starbound sells one million copies via Steam before full release

2D title is big deal
Tue Jan 07 2014, 11:37
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AN INDEPENDENT 2D sandbox game has already sold one million copies before it's completely finished.

A beta of the title Starbound has appeared on the Steam download website and the Chucklefish developer website. It obviously has impressed gamers as one million units have moved.

The sales were revealed in a Twitter message from Chucklefish last night. It's a pretty blank statement and we don't know whether it reflects a combination of sales from both of the websites.

"We've just passed a MILLION copies sold. Keeping with the Keanu Reeves theme...," it said, along with a picture of the actor looking surprised and, well, stupid.

The game looks like a cute affair with endless possibilities. Recently the firm announced a raft of updates that make the most of user mods and add fresh features and developer tools to them.

"In Starbound, you take on the role of a character who's just fled from their home planet, only to crash-land on another," goes the game's promotional blurb. "From there you'll embark on a quest to survive, discover, explore and fight your way across an infinite universe."

On the Steam website the information about Starbound says that the game, which is described as "early access" and "indie", was released on 4 December.

Chucklefish says that the game is a work in progress that will grow with its fans, adding that it is already huge.

"Starbound is already extremely playable and contains a vast amount of content, however we decided to release the game as a beta through early access to ensure the community gets a chance to help us shape the game," it explains.

"In this first stage of the beta process you may experience some bugs, crashes or compatibility issues. Updates will come thick and fast, though, as we listen to your feedback, push fixes and add new content." µ

 

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