Chucklefish's extraterrestrial sandbox adventure, Starbound, is preparing their next update. The patch (expected next week) will fix some lingering bugs and also introduce some keen new game modes that introduce some punishing new twists. It's also set to precede the game's final character wipe, as the game gears up for its final release.
Chucklefish explains that the patch contains a fix for save files, thus the necessity of the character wipe. The developer says this wipe will erase characters, ships, and worlds, but it will be the final time such a wipe will occur.
The new game modes will include permadeath and drop-everything-on-death modes. Both game modes are fairly self-explanatory, as the former will make players start completely from scratch upon death, while the latter will result in fallen players dropping their entire inventory.