Starbound Raises $600k on its Own Crowdfunding Site
2D Indie sandbox game Starbound is the game to succeed in its crowdfunding efforts, but they are doing it in a slightly different way than most indie projects. Instead of funding themselves through Kickstarter or Indiegogo, they are funding themselves off of their own website!
It’s a gutsy move considering that donating to the project gives you absolutely no insurance that your funds will be used in the way they are advertising and that you will receive the rewards that the studio promises for each of its donation tiers. Then again, doing it this way essentially lets the studio completely bypass the fees that a site like Kickstarter would take out of the drive. And, oddly enough, it worked! The game has raised over $600,000 in just three days.
The game is described as a story filled sandbox adventure, in the vein of Terraria. Here’s the description from the official website. If you like the way it sounds, stop by and drop them a couple bucks.
Starbound begins with you fleeing your homeworld in a space shuttle, just as it’s destroyed by an unknown enemy. With nothing to guide it, the escape pod shoots into space without direction, becoming hopelessly lost in a sea of stars. As luck would have it, the space shuttle touches down on a habitable planet and an adventure begins that will take you hurtling across the universe. Starbound contains both quests and story driven missions, buried inside its vast sandbox universe.