Voxel-based sandbox sci-fi MMO “Starbase” was recently released on Steam as an early access title, giving would-be players a shot at trying out the game ahead of its full release. Fans of space sims, engineering and manufacturing games like “Factorio” and “Space Engineers” can expect a similar deal with “Starbase” but with a few twists.
Set in a universe of vast scale and detail, the fully-destructible environment and hybrid voxel/vertex-based game mechanics enable simulations in the game at immense depth; minor collisions may break a few outer plates from your spaceship, while fast-speed crashes can rip the ship apart. Thruster propellant pipe leaks may cause spaceships to stall, but the corrosive, leaking propellant might also melt the superstructure of the ship and cause a catastrophic failure. Damaged ship controls in a spaceship do not necessarily mean the journey is over, as manual values for the flight can be applied directly to the generator and thrusters from the engine room.
Frozenbyte warns interested players that they still consider this early access version an alpha release, with bugs and missing features, and to expect it to remain in early access for two more years. This initial release is largely to get people settled into mining and resource gathering. They said:
“After a short period of tranquil mining, ship and station designing and building, as well as relatively small-scale PvP engagements, the post-launch period will quickly start to heat up. The August updates will introduce Moon Bases & Mining and the massive-sized Capital Ships, while the September update that introduces Siege Mechanics will send the world into full-scale calamity, as player stations will become fully destructible and capturable.”
But if that doesn’t put you off, Invitations to the alpha will be sent out in “moderate amounts” to start with, but numbers are expected to ramp up significantly over the next couple of months so Frozenbyte can “properly stress-test the game with massive player counts” ahead of the Early Access release, which is now slated to take place in early 2021.
All of these features rely on the interactions between the game’s community members. Players can go in alone or with a group of friends, starting from scratch until they can achieve efficient space travel. There are no NPCs in the game, which means almost every activity in the game is done by and between players.
Fully destructible environment and a multitude of fine-detailed simulations allow the players the ultimate freedom to conquer space by unleashing their creativity to design spaceships, stations, factories, find and exploit flaws in others’ creations, and build their way to galactic supremacy.
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