After years of being in Steam's Early Access program for in-development games, Starbound is readying to leave those confines. Four years on and the 1.0 patch, what developer Chucklefish refers to as "the story update," adds a ton to the charming 2D sci-fi title. In terms of narrative, your character is a member of a group called "Protectors" who are trying to guide the universe toward peace, and after your Earth-based graduation from the training program you'll head off to the stars to explore the galaxy.
What's more, each of the eight missions take place in mining facilities, ancient temples and sunken libraries among other locations. Chucklefish says that each planet you explore will have a few different biomes rather than just one area per world, too. You'll meet folks along the way who will expand your outposts and add others to your ship's crew. If it all sounds an awful lot like a pixel-art hybrid of Mass Effect and, say, Terraria, you aren't far off the mark.
For the nitty-gritty on the rest of what this release will entail (like multiplayer, the game's new crafting elements, armor progression and planet generation), hit the source link below. There isn't a firm release date for any of this yet, but if you have a hankering for farming, Chucklefish has Stardew Valley to hold you over until Starbound hits its first full version. Farming and space exploration are basically the same thing, right?