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Beetlemania Sweeps The Desert Sands

Starsand adds collectable bugs in its latest update
[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Game Developer and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource Games Press]

Oberhaching, Germany / April 29 2022 - All you need is love… and… Beetles!

 

Let us guess - you are already humming the song softly to yourself? Move on, but be aware - in Starsand there are not four singing handsome guys waiting for you! The desert awaits you with a range of different beetles and bugs! You want them! Find them, collect them, keep them!
 

The desert adventure Starsand is set to deliver its latest update as part of its revamped roadmap. Bringing collectable bugs, new tools and fresh building pieces to expand your sanctuary, the Beetles Update now gives players the opportunity to not only collect and catch different creepy crawlies while wandering through the dunes, but also showcase them in unique terrariums. With the opportunity to now also build curved walls and clay roofs for the first time, players will have the tools they need to build towers and original formations. 

 

The NEW ROADMAP:

Intending to release multiple updates over the coming months, including support for Valve’s Steamdeck in May alongside a sandboard for surfing down sand dunes, June/July’s update will see a new zone behind the stone gate,  a new enemy, a strange artifact and a new piece of story to uncover. 

Set against a harsh arcane desert, Starsand sees players construct weapons and defenses to fight and survive against strange creatures. Transported to a strange planet and paying homage to the likes of Another World and Stargate, players are invited to explore a vast and hostile environment in their quest to return to Earth. With unpredictable weather, an impactful day and night cycle, as well as deep crafting mechanics, Starsand offers players the freedom to explore a huge landscape filled with dangerous creatures and artifacts.

Starsand is available now in Early Access ($19.99) while players can also buy the Digital Supporters Pack, which grants access to digital goodies and expands your desert adventure with exclusive content. Can you survive the desert?
 

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Key Features:

  • A massive otherworldly desert landscape to explore. Navigate over 64 km² terrain.
  • Discover a world full of lost monuments, strange artifacts and creatures both modern and ancient.
  • Awaken your survival instincts in this challenging environment. Brave the blazing sun, freezing nights and brutal sandstorms.
  • Scavenge, gather, harvest and craft. Protect your body and your new home against the dangers of this harsh desert world.
  • Unpredictable weather and an impactful day/night cycle put planning at the forefront. Prepare well for every expedition and all you might encounter.
  • Unravel a thrilling sci-fi adventure. Discover ruins, piece together the truths of this world, solve puzzles and journey deeper into the unknown.

About Toplitz Productions

The German-Austrian publisher, whose name originates from the mysterious Toplitz Lake in the heart of Austria, develops and publishes games with "heart & soul" for all platforms. The company consists of a healthy mix of experienced industry veterans and young talents, all of whom are passionate gamers. They enjoy working with creative developers on many exciting titles, such as those from the "Dynasty" and "Giant" series.
 

About Tunnel Vision Studio:

Tunnel Vision is a small creative studio, ready to take on the world wielding RAM sticks, dressed in GPU-coated armor, with a VR visor as a helm. They charge towards the future guided by technology, but we also carry on their shoulders a bundle of memorabilia from the '90s, trophies of a childhood we barely escaped.

Tunnel Vision’s team are valiant geeks based in Rome, not willing to surrender to the allure of countries with fiber optic broadband and unhealthy food. They make a living out of what they like to do: everything involving virtual reality, video games, electronic music, cutting-edge technology, and coding.

 

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