Developer Re-Logic and Engine Software announced Terraria: Otherworld today, but strangely enough it is not a sequel to Terraria like most people might expect. According to the developers this game is "exploring what might have been, and approaching gameplay in a new direction". This means that the new game is more a take on what the original Terraria universe would have been like in other circumstances, and they are letting us experience this by taking us into another dimension: The Otherworld.
"Set in an alternate dimension within the Terraria universe, Terraria: Otherworld places the player in a life-and-death struggle to restore a once-pristine world – now overrun by a malevolent force that has corrupted nature itself – to its original splendor. Along with a rag-tag band of survivors, will you be able to successfully harness the power of an array of weaponry, magic, defenses, and even the world itself to thwart the designs of this unseen evil?"
Now, Terraria was a big hit, it was the best selling game on Steam for 6 days straight when it was released in 2011 and beat big names like The Witcher 2 and Portal 2. It kept on selling in bucketloads and it is still a game people enjoy, the developers are still updating it. Update 1.3 is still in the making and is one the community is eagerly awaiting. So you might think, what is going to be different with this new game, if it's just another run in the same world? Re-Logic says they are "Combining the experience of sandbox gameplay with role-playing and strategy elements, Terraria: Otherworld explores the Terraria experience in an innovative and unique way - providing a fresh approach to the “open world” genre." As far as I know, the original could also go by those descriptions, so it might be wise to wait until we know more before we get too excited about any revolutionary changes. This short teaser is pretty much all we have to go by for now:
The game is still in an early stage, and so far it is only scheduled for launch on PC and Mac. On their forums, Re-Logic does say that they are considering Xbox One and PlayStation versions, without being able to land a decision on that yet. No release date has been revealed, but the developer will be shedding some light and answering questions on the game on the upcoming Game Developers Conference in early March, so we can expect some more news then.
Are you looking forward to more Terraria?