Starsand is a desert survival game set among the dunes of a remote planet. An open world full of danger, a vast desert for you to explore and solve the mystery of an extinct civilization.
While running a desert marathon, you get caught by a sudden sandstorm and end up swallowed by a yellow wall of sand. You find shelter for the night in an old desert shrine and you wake up next morning with the feeling something's not quite right. The storm is over and the sky is clear; all around you, calm reigns over an ocean of infinite sand. If you survive long enough they’ll eventually find you and rescue you, that’s the plan. Hope is going to keep you alive, at least until you find out the truth about this place.
Find shade, find water, find life. Save your energy, avoid the hottest hours, keep warm during the coldest nights. Hunt for food, craft your weapons, build your shelter. Once you’ve built your shelter, take a tip and build stronger walls, add some traps, and craft bigger weapons, because these dunes are teeming with noxious creatures hungry for your flesh.
In this desert, you are both hunter and prey. Insect-like predators arise from their dark nests beneath the sand. Use fire to keep them at a distance, blow them up with explosive coconut grenades, reinforce your base walls, add spikes, set traps, build turrets. Do whatever it takes to survive.
Find your bearings in a vast and lonely desert, but learn how easily you can get lost when you are caught in the eye of a sandstorm. Thirst and heat will kill you during the day, but nights won’t be easier as the temperature drastically drops down. Find your ways to build paths you can trust, learn from animals, rely on the sun to orient yourself, don’t waste any energy. Become a desert dweller.
Starsand Early Access development is open, and the development team wants to hear from you.
[Disclaimer] We want to make clear that the video teaser you can see here is cinematic, and a gameplay video is coming soon, but this teaser doesn’t look much different from the actual gameplay.
We are Tunnel Vision Studio, a small creative team ready to take on the world wielding RAM sticks, dressed in GPU-coated armor, with a VR visor as a helm. We are a handful of valiant geeks based in Rome, willing not to surrender to the allure of countries with fiber optic broadband and unhealthy food. We make a living out of what we like to do: everything involving virtual reality, video games, electronic music, cutting-edge technology, and coding.
At this stage, in this crazy marathon called game development, our closest checkpoint was the demo release in early October, as we promised. But we got "caught in a sudden sandstorm" along the way and we were forced to slow down a bit. Unfortunately, that means we'll be there with a bit of delay. Though at least we can give an official date now.
The demo of Starsand will be available from October 25th.
With a piece of not-so-good news also comes a piece of not-so-bad news: thanks to this delay we are able to implement all the translations, and do so before the demo is out.
Hence, the demo will be available in all the 13 languages listed on our Steam page!
And with that, that's all for today's news.
We are really sorry we have to keep you waiting longer than expected. But you know who else is waiting?
Tunnel Vision Studio
Starsand has now an official release date, and a new gameplay trailer is here for the occasion!
A new update on new stuff and what's coming next in our desert survival game
A long-due update on what we are doing and what are the things we are working on.