Starbound developer Chucklefish Games is beginning pre-production on a second game, the studio announced in a post on the Starbound website.
The unnnamed game will be produced alongside Starbound with a second development team, which Chucklefish notes it is looking to build up. The studio is currently accepting applications for UK-based developers to join the team.
In the post, designer Finn "Tiy" Brice writes that the second game's development will not in any way affect work on Starbound. Brice also notes that he himself will be assisting with design on the new project and will be working with the newly-assembled team.
"At the moment we're still in the stage where we're kicking around ideas, one that keeps popping up is a top down, open world, multiplayer pirate game," he wrote.
According to Brice, Chucklefish will continue to assist smaller indie developers with publishing moving forward. As for Starbound, the game's final release will include more end game content, better mod support and server security as well as a Director Mode that will allow administrators to log onto servers with different tools and orchestrate the action for other players.
Sandbox adventure Starbound has been in open beta on Linux, Mac and Windows PC since December.