Starbound's 1.2 "Vault" Update Adds a Bunch of New Content

Starbound's 1.2 "Vault" Update Adds a Bunch of New Content

Starbound's Vault Update adds procedural dungeons, bosses, and the ability for players to terraform planets.

Starbound came out of early access for its full 1.0 release this year, but that doesn't mean that developer Chucklefish is done with it. A recent patch has updated the game to version 1.2, bringing with it a wealth of new features and bug fixes. Check out the video to the right for the short and skinny of it, or read on for the most major changes:

  • Ancient Vaults
    Players who have completed the main storyline can visit a mysterious trader on the Outpost who will send them on a quest to activate and enter the Ancient Gateways found floating in some systems
    These gateways provide access to Ancient Vaults: challenging procedural dungeons left by the ancients, filled with dangerous guardians (including procedural bosses!) and fantastic lost technologies
  • Terraforming
    Using powerful devices acquired from the Ancient Vaults along with a new Essence currency, you can now transform regions or whole planets into entirely different biomes
    Terraformers can be used to expand a region across a planet's surface, replacing natural blocks, objects and plant life, and eventually changing the type of the planet itself
    Microformers are consumable single-use terraformers which provide even more region types to add to your worlds
  • Weapon Upgrades
    Use the ancient anvil available at the end of Ancient Vaults and spend Essence to upgrade your outdated legendary weapons, opening up many new options for endgame combat styles
  • Elemental Damage
    Monsters now have resistance and weakness to elemental damage types, making your choice of weapons more important than ever
  • Holiday Spirit!
    Celebrate the holidays with the variety of festive items bought from Space Santa at the Outpost!

You can check out the full patch notes right here.

Source: Chucklefish

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They also added fishing, fossils and collections. All in all, a pretty fun update, I guess.

How is the game to play now?

Yay, more procedural shit after you bore yourself to death through the whole main game and no better weapon variety.
Just what I wanted from the game.

So they did nothing worthwhile with the update. Nothing surprising from Chucklfish.

I put money down to buy this instead of Terraria so...is my investment worth it yet or am I still in the realm of, "I have misspent my money"? It looks like this update is a pretty damn good one though so I'm excited to re-download this game.

Shoggoth2588:
I put money down to buy this instead of Terraria so...is my investment worth it yet or am I still in the realm of, "I have misspent my money"? It looks like this update is a pretty damn good one though so I'm excited to re-download this game.

It depends on what you're looking for, but my money is on Terraria. Starbound did some neat, new things, but it's just 2d minecraft with a better combat system. Terraria is a game with crafting and building mechanics separate from what makes the game great. Terraria is Metroid where you can set up your boss arenas to your liking while starbound lets you build undersea labs because they are cool.

Signa:

Shoggoth2588:
I put money down to buy this instead of Terraria so...is my investment worth it yet or am I still in the realm of, "I have misspent my money"? It looks like this update is a pretty damn good one though so I'm excited to re-download this game.

...while starbound lets you build undersea labs because they are cool...

FUCKING SOLD! Oh wait, I already bought it~FUCKING RE-INSTALLED! Building random things underwater is what got me into playing Minecraft in the first place and while I would probably have a lot more freedom and maybe more fun if I just finally spent money to do THAT I have no issue settling for underwater building projects in 2D as a robot.

Shoggoth2588:

Signa:

Shoggoth2588:
I put money down to buy this instead of Terraria so...is my investment worth it yet or am I still in the realm of, "I have misspent my money"? It looks like this update is a pretty damn good one though so I'm excited to re-download this game.

...while starbound lets you build undersea labs because they are cool...

FUCKING SOLD! Oh wait, I already bought it~FUCKING RE-INSTALLED! Building random things underwater is what got me into playing Minecraft in the first place and while I would probably have a lot more freedom and maybe more fun if I just finally spent money to do THAT I have no issue settling for underwater building projects in 2D as a robot.

Sounds like you made the right choice then. Still, if you find yourself enjoying the adventure/exploring/progression aspects of Starbound and wanting them more fleshed out, you know where to go ;)

Shoggoth2588:
I put money down to buy this instead of Terraria so...is my investment worth it yet or am I still in the realm of, "I have misspent my money"? It looks like this update is a pretty damn good one though so I'm excited to re-download this game.

Terraria has gigantic boss battles and bazillion loot to crush your enemies.

It's fun to go from a weakling who fends off zombies with a twig while trying to survive at nights to the master of your own domain who utterly destroys monstrous towering abominations with ease.

But once you've seen it all there is nothing much left to do.

Starbound has a lot of different things going on, maybe the loot and bossfights aren't that overwhelming like in Terraria, but I just murdered the inhabitants of an airship, looted it, and going to rebuild it as a steampunk flying fortress on a magma planet, so there is that.

Plus it has mod support.

Shoggoth2588:
I put money down to buy this instead of Terraria so...is my investment worth it yet or am I still in the realm of, "I have misspent my money"? It looks like this update is a pretty damn good one though so I'm excited to re-download this game.

Unless you're excited about the planet bosses in Terraria (I always found them to be a nuisance getting in the way of my mining and building), Starbound has much more to do, the combat is better, some of the bosses are pretty creative, and it's under active development.

I've been in with Starbound from early access, to the year when it looked like the game was a completely abandoned and a writeoff, to the revival, to now - I've beaten it from scratch least 6 times and it's always different and interesting. I sure as hell got my $10 worth.

Still, at some point you should pick up Terraria for $5.

 

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