Starbound developer has announced that the beta for the upcoming game is expected to launch by the end of this year with the full game releasing next year!
“Game development is fairly unpredictable, though, especially on games as large as Starbound, and things often take much longer than we could have thought possible. Given that, we’d taken the stance that it’s the beta that will definitely be available this year, not the full game.”
Along with taking part in different activities/quests and storyline missions; players are free to wander about the game’s world at will. In addition to that; players will also be able to transform the world as per their likeness.
Previously; it was rumored that the Kickstarted game would launch by the end of this year on Microsoft Windows, Mac, and Linux.
Furthermore, during Sony’s press conference at Gamescom 2013, it was announced that Starbound will make it to the list of forthcoming titles on Playstation Vita which includes Minecraft, Fez, Hotline Miami 2: Wrong Number, Rogue Legacy, Velocity 2x, and The Binding of Isaac: Rebirth.
Source: Starbound Newsletter