If the sheer wealth of indie games announced during Sony's big GamesCom press conference haven’t already started to give you eye ache, then we come bearing news of another. Starbound is pitched as an “extraterrestrial sandbox adventure”, and sees you trying to survive in a foreign and dangerous universe.
“You’ll encounter procedurally generated creatures and weapons, [and] discover populated villages and abandoned temples,” explained lead writer Ashton Raze. “You'll explore planets dotted with dungeons, eyeball trees, and treasure. You'll build vast stone castles or lonely, secluded cabins, and do all of it alone or with friends.”
The title looks a little like Terraria in space. You’ll be able to farm the land, hunt for resources on different planets, or take on jobs to earn a respectable living. Furthermore, while you go about your daily business, you’ll happen upon dozens of quest lines, each allowing you to delve into the greater mysteries of the galaxy.
“Starbound draws on numerous classic influences, while taking a thoroughly modern approach to crafting, narrative, and world-building,” added Raze. “It’s an amalgamation of the games that we loved as kids, and the games that we love now, fully focused on providing the player with an engrossing, fun experience.”
It certainly sounds intriguing. The title’s due out on the PlayStation 4 next year. Will you be phoning home for this one, or are you waiting for a little more information? Let us know in the comments section below.