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Starbound getting permadeath, weapons and 'decorative hats'

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An upcoming patch for Starbound, Chucklefish Games' self-described "extraterrestrial sandbox adventure," will add new game modes, weapons and fancy headwear, according to a post on the game's official site.

New game modes will add permadeath and "drop-everything-on-death" to Starbound. On the weapons front, players will be able to use a Florian thorn hammer, Florian needles, hand grenades, pulse rifles and shivs. Chucklefish will also add more random encounters, more "decorative hats," and "[p]ossibly more content, if it's finished on time."

The patch will include several fixes, which will mend a DirectX crash, an unresponsive shift key and speed up the crafting window, among other repairs.

Chucklefish may also wipe character progress with the patch.

"Of course," the post reads, "there's also the highly anticipated/possibly feared final character wipe — this patch contains a fix for save files so after this, you won't need to worry about our patches destroying your characters or ships. This patch will wipe everything — characters, ships and worlds. It will definitely be the last time we'll need to wipe characters or ships, and will hopefully be the last time we'll need to wipe worlds."

Earlier this month, the indie developer announced that Starbound passed 1 million copies sold. Starbound's beta was released in December for Linux, Mac and Windows PC.