When we had a recent peek at the progress of spaceship sandbox Starbase, we wondered aloud whether the game would meet its targeted early access release date of this year. Turns out it won’t, as confirmed on the game’s official forums.
Early access will now be pushed back to the first quarter of 2021 in order for the devs to be better prepared as well as add some core gameplay loops. The addition of fast travel and a player-built economy is pointed to as one such loop that deserves more development, along with tutorials, player stations, gravity, and a host of fixes and improvements. Once those are added, the devs plan to ramp up alpha testing by inviting more players.
Starbase was announced back in 2019 by Finnish dev Frozenbyte as a “massively multiplayer online game with gameplay focused on building and designing spaceships and stations, exploration, resource gathering, crafting, trading, and combat.” Readers will note that it had aspired to enter early access that year as well, but obviously, things have changed.
Starbase Progress Notes from week 45 have been published on the Starbase forums. Go check out the latest development updates!
— Starbase (@StarbaseGame) November 9, 2020