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As you know, Sony is all in on the indie crowd. The indies love Sony almost as much as they love Gabe Newell and the love has extended far enough to hit the deep niches of the PC gaming metaverse, which includes landing on the doorstep of Chucklefish, the developers of the upcoming Starbound.
In a post on the official PlayStation UK forums, lead designer on Starbound, Tiy, asked the community which platform they would prefer seeing their latest game appear on... the general consensus was the PS Vita followed by the PlayStation 4.
Tiy's original message was...
I'm posting to find out how many of you would be interested in seeing Starbound hit a playstation platform. And if you are interested, which platform would you favour?
For those that don't know, Starbound is the spiritual successor to Terraria. Players will venture throughout space, build ships, build facilities, fight things, craft things, gather things, terra-form the land, play music, research things, explore things and kill things. Simply put, there are a lot of things to do in Starbound.
The game is a side-scroller that features procedural, emergent gameplay so the experience is never the same way twice. Right now it has a rival in Handyman Studios' Edge of Space, which is also a procedurally generated, side-scrolling survival title. The biggest difference between the two games is that Edge of Space is a lot more action-oriented where-as Starbound is more socially diverse and exploration bound.
I can't wait for both games to expand beyond their early design phases and move closer to something more complete as they're both pretty awesome. You can check out a brief video of the building design mechanics in the video below to get a brief idea of how the game is played.
Additionally, players will be able to take their custom spaceships and fly across the galaxy to various planets and locations where they'll be able to discover new life-forms, interact with new civilizations and wage war in planetary conflicts. Your adventures are readily star-bound and there is almost no limit to what you can experience and do in the game.
As a proof of concept for the above paragraph, check out some of the space travel in Starbound with the demo video below, which will give you a small idea of the kind of scope this game will have when it comes to open world exploration and galactic space travel.
With Sony's pro-indie policies and Starbound nearing release, I'm certainly hoping we'll get a release on both the PlayStation 4 and the PS Vita. The game has a ton of potential. You can check out more media assets and learn more about the progress of the game by visiting the official website.