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Starbound's full launch is coming July 22

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Version 1.0 comes after two-and-a-half years in Early Access

Nearly five years since the game was first announced, Starbound will leave Steam Early Access one week from Friday, July 22, Chucklefish Games announced yesterday.

A procedurally generated, side-scrolling space adventure, Starbound gained cult-hit status since a very successful crowdfunding in April 2013, and launch on Early Access in December of that year. It sold more than one million copies in its first month on Steam.

"After (nearly five) years, the game we set out to make finally exists, and to say that it all feels a bit surreal would be a massive understatement!" Chucklefish said in its announcement of the full launch.

"While Starbound will be finished in two weeks, this isn't the end. We will continue to update and support Starbound for as long as we can," the developer promised. "We've got loads of cool ideas we couldn't fit into 1.0 but hope to put into future updates."

Starbound announced the features for its full launch, "the big 1.0" back in April. Among many other details, it will bring new biomes and dungeons to the game, as well as quests and missions for them. Starbound is available on Windows PC, Mac and Linux. Chucklefish says it is working on a version for Xbox One's early access program, too.