Starbound beta, which is expected to begin in November, will have three stages.
The first stage will be the bug hunt. "This will be the buggiest and busiest stage of the beta. A bunch of unfinished features will be disabled whilst we finish them up. Updates will come thick and fast, sometimes as often as multiple updates a day," stated the studio on its blog. It warns that if you hate bugs, stay away.
Stage Two will be nearly feature complete, but revolving around the open world, rather than the campaign, which will be in Stage Three. Chucklefish warns gamers should avoid Stage Three if players would "rather wait a litttttle bit longer and play the polished final version" or they're "still busy playing Pokémon X/Y."
Starbound, which is considered "Terraria in Space", has no set release window yet.