Survival MMO Stars End zooms into open beta with redesigned planet environments

    
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Survival MMO Stars End zooms into open beta with redesigned planet environments

About a year ago, we covered a brand-new survival MMO called Stars End, a Firefly-tinged space title that had just blasted its way into Steam early access. It’s come a long way from then – in fact, it’s come all the way to what it’s calling open beta and its milestone 41 update.

“The main features of this update is the completely redesigned planet environments,” Canadian developer Reverie World Studios explained. “Combined with ability to display hundreds of terrain objects like trees on screen, and better performance, we were able to transform how the game looks, starting from the main Beta Prairie planet. We have also redesigned audio system and reworked how player now locates objects in the world – hold the Middle Mouse Button to discover this feature.”

The update also includes engine optimization, a resource rebalancing, new terrain features, a rework for melee and hand-to-hand combat, sneaking, and some UI tweaks. The game is currently on Steam for $14.99; the original plan was to stay in early access for a full year and launch in late 2022, so this one’s still a ways off.

Source: Steam

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MilitiaMasterV
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MilitiaMasterV

I would love a game like this, if it had more focus on getting to know other species, learning new technology, settling down and enjoying biomes, and wasn’t focused on just combat everything you come across. I think these types of mentality towards everything you come across is part of the problem…not everything you come across is an ‘enemy’/something to be removed. Some of us just love exploration and the ability to plunk down and farm or craft or work on enhancing the technology of ourselves/our neighbors to improve life in general or do whatever our heart desires, including learning to communicate with another life-form, rather than just viewing it as an enemy combatant.

I mean, I don’t mind combat sometimes, but if everything about the game is ‘Pew Pew’ this all down, it doesn’t really leave much reason to want to play it…and that’s the impression your video gives.

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Vorender

This really makes me want more combat in NMS.

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partiesplayin

I have high hopes for this one it has so many elements and features that blend mmo and survival . I’m glad to here that the planet tech has improved as well. This game just needs so AI work and some fine tuning before any more features are implemented.

Ir1shguy
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Ir1shguy

I only see a paid early access option on steam. No open beta at all. In the community hub the call something open beta and tell people that already bought the game how to access it so nothing open about it at all when its behind a price tag.

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Croquantes

I thought open beta just meant open for people to obtain and there’s no NDA, whereas closed beta means you need to apply for permission to play and agree to an NDA.

The game has always been in Early Access, but the build they just released is the open beta build.

Ir1shguy
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Ir1shguy

Betas of all kinds were never locked behind price tags until I dunno the last 5 to 10 years. Then the move to early access became a more common way to start selling unfinished games. Before all this crap Open meant everyone could access and closed meant invite only, it really was that simple.

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Ixax

Still is that simple… it just requires accepting that write ups will uncritically accept the language being used by the company.

A beta cannot be open if it is not accessible to all. It is closed if the company grants access to a pool of people. This is true regardless of the criteria used by the company to grant access. Whether the company does so based on economic terms (buy in) or something else (random, in order of registration, by community activity, etc.) has no impact on this.

Ir1shguy
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Ir1shguy

But its not open to all, it is only open to people with money to spare so it is in fact still closed. Not that simple any more due to people like you overcomplicating it in favor of companies that want to make money with unfinished products.

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Ixax

Um, Ir1shguy, try reading my comment again. Then consider whether we disagree with each other. When I said it still is that simple I was (and still am) agreeing that if you buy in it is not an open beta. Hence, I wrote…

“A beta cannot be open if it is not accessible to all. It is closed if the company grants access to a pool of people. This is true regardless of the criteria used by the company to grant access. Whether the company does so based on economic terms (buy in) or something else (random, in order of registration, by community activity, etc.) has no impact on this.”

Last clue that I was not disagreeing with you might have been that I “liked” your comment.

Ir1shguy
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Ir1shguy

Dammit my bad sorry. My dyslexia kicked in, even read it 2 or 3 times before replying but kept reading the 2nd paragraph without registering the first line.