Starbase previews fleet PvP tourney video, works on player progression and exploration design

    
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It’s been months since we checked in on Starbase directly rather in our weekly roundup, so we’re going to do just that today and bump it back up to the attention of our readers. First announced last year by Finnish studio Frozenbyte, Starbase is the upcoming “massively multiplayer online game with gameplay focused on building and designing spaceships and stations, exploration, resource gathering, crafting, trading, and combat.” It’s currently in early access, with a release date still listed on Steam in 2020.

Since then, it’s been posting exhaustive progress notes every single week. The most recent – week 33 in 2020 – touches on changes to the in-testing quickbar, shipwrecks, beam welding, shops for player-made ships, and player-made stations. Plus? “Player progression and exploration design is underway.”

Notably, participants in the ongoing closed alpha are rolling through a fleet PvP tournament; the devs have posted a video including footage of one of the first matches, which we’ve included below.

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John Mclain

Little sad to see the game will be the usual “Gun cube” ship, is best ship. Which is a sign the game needs a lot more work still. Starmade suffered from this as well, and about a dozen other games that let you design ships. Ultimately the most simple ships were always the best. (And it was always a cube, or a rod shaped ship with nothing but speed and every square inch covered in guns.) Even robocraft which wasn’t even about spaceships had this exact design flaw.