The Starbound preorder has launched and you can now pick up a copy of the game (to be released sometime soon) and get in on the beta (also to be around the corner). There are several “tiers” of backing the game – sort of like with Kickstarter. You buy a specific preorder and you can contribute a larger amount to the game for additional goodies. The basic preorder is $15 and will net you a copy of the game and a Steam key when it launches as well as a beta invite and a copy of the soundtrack (something like 66 tracks!). There’s also a “Buy 4-Pack” option for $45 (a 25% discount) so you can be generous and gift copies to your friends. Then there’s the Silver Tier for $20 which gives the same rewards + a “donor” badge for their forums. The Gold tier for $45 which gives you all of the above and a different forum badge and you get to name an NPC (keep in mind just how many names will be in the random procedural generation). The Diamond tier gets your name in the credits for $75. The Platinum tier lets you design a hat to be used in the game for $500, the Solarium tier for $1000 lets you design a weapon, and the Impervium tier nets you a statue of yourself to be used in-game.
Starbound Preorder Levels
All in-all pretty standard Kickstarter-style stuff here. I’m going to be grabbing myself an early copy so I can get in on the Beta. If you haven’t heard much about it – I’d suggest checking out some of the Starbound dev’s Youtube videos.
Apparently hackers have cracked Ubisoft’s uPlay and have gained access to the Ubisoft distribution system and can download games for free. It’s likely to be patched quickly but one game unfortunately (for Ubisoft) was downloaded that hasn’t even been released yet.
Ubisoft’s unannounced shooter Far Cry 3: Blood Dragon is apparently lying on Ubisoft’s servers, available to download to those who have the exploit.
It’s already up on torrent sites for grabs and is sure to get someone fired at Ubisoft. Far Cry 3: Dragon Blood is rumored to be releasing on May 1st and transforms the jungle setting typically found in Far Cry to an 80′s sci-fi setting. Complete with some pretty sweet weapons to blow stuff up with, Dragon Blood is going to be a stand-alone open world game and won’t require Far Cry 3 to play it.
With a lot already known about the new PS4, people have been speculating as to what Microsoft has up their sleeve. Microsoft Analyst Paul Thurrot has shed some light on those speculations. The console will be revealed on May 21st at an upcoming Microsoft event. The console is expected to launch in November (just in time for parents to snatch one up for a Christmas present) and there will be two pricing options available. The first is a flat out purchase no strings attached $500 console. It’s suggested that there will also be a $300 subscription supported price most likely to Xbox Live. Another rumor flying around is that there will be a new Xbox 360 console out later this year that you’ll be able to grab for a measly $99. I’ve been wanting to switch from Gran Turismo to Forza but all I have is a PS3 and don’t have any real desire to buy all new hardware to try out a game. For $99 I might be persuaded to make the jump.
Any other console gamers itching to get the details on Microsoft’s next Xbox?