was the initial public beta release
, released on December 4th, 2013. Prior to entering beta, the game was not publically available and had only been played by the developers, their friends, family and a few contributors.
Read the "Alpha" version article for an overview of pre-beta development.
Starbound's beta followed over six months of daily development updates, and was a very early entrant in the "early access" program on Steam.
It was announced and FAQ were detailed on the developer blog shortly before release.
- ↑ http://playstarbound.com/december-4th/