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Starbound beta launches Dec. 4

The beta for Team Chucklefish's sandbox space game, Starbound, will be available Dec. 4, the developer recently announced.

Starbound tasks players with exploring the universe after their homeworld is destroyed. In addition to procedurally generated planets, the game also features story-driven missions, a customizable crew and more. According to the post, Steam keys will be send out to all pre-order backers via email.

Starbound will still be available for purchase through Steam Early Access once the beta launches.

The full game is expected to launch next year for Windows PC, Mac and Linux. When pre-orders opened in April, the game surpassed 10,000 backers in its first day.