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Console The Best Laid Plans: An Apology, a Promise, and the “Additions” Update

Discussion in 'Console - 505 Games/Pipeworks Studio' started by 505Games, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. 505Games

    505Games Publisher/Developer Staff Member 505 Games

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    Hello console and mobile Terrarians! We have some exciting news to share with you today. Before we get to that, we would like to share a short story; if you can indulge us for a few minutes. If you really cannot wait to read the news, click HERE to go straight there.


    Shakespeare once wrote “the course of true love never did run smooth” and although it’s admittedly a fairly obtuse reference, the same can often be said of videogame development and publishing. Well, maybe less often said, of course, but equally true nonetheless! So where’s all this going, you might ask? In the course of any great work, it’s important to take stock of your journey to this point, your current location, and the paths ahead toward your desired destination. A large part of that self-reflection is taking stock of areas of success – and places where you could stand to perform better. As we enter the next phase of console/mobile developments, today felt like a perfect opportunity to share some of that with you.


    505 Games and Re-Logic have been partnering on the expansion of Terraria “beyond PC” for a few years now, and throughout that time we’ve been delighted by the way the fanbase has grown and expanded to take in new platforms, new territories, and -most importantly - excited new fans. From the outset we’ve been driven to expand the reach of the fantastic gaming experience that is Terraria to an ever-wider group of gamers and thereafter delivering as much of the ever-evolving PC content to the console and mobile fanbase as quickly and completely as possible. In addition, we felt it important to embrace the philosophy that Re-Logic follows on the PC side of Terraria – and so we have and will always keep these updates free of charge. This is the fantastic and successful side of our work to-date: expanding the Terraria universe while staying true to the spirit and culture it stands for.


    That said, things haven’t always gone according to plan. It’s important for us to recognize that - despite our best intentions - there have been hurdles and pitfalls along the way. We’re not seeking to languish in the past or dredge up old wounds, but we know that there have been issues and instances which have frustrated and upset our fans. Whether it was the state of the initial launch of the 1.2 console update or – more recently – the mobile crash issues, we know that things have not always been as they should for you guys. We also understand that we may not have been as open and communicative in the past as we should be – and that this likely exacerbated any negative feelings or confusion you may have had.

    Well, simply put: we are sincerely sorry for where mistakes have been made. That said, we want to do far more than apologize; we want to make amends and improve our performance. Allow us to share some of what that entails.


    Terraria has grown from strength to strength since its first PC outing a little over four years ago, and we’re proud to have been part of that expansion. Although with that that growth there have been growing pains, and with those growing pains painful lessons. However as well as accepting our mistakes it’s equally important to note that we’ve learned from those mistakes. Not only are we working more smartly now, but we are also ‘doubling down’ on our investments of time and money in order to underline our commitment to delivering the very best for the franchise and – most importantly – its community of loyal fans.

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    In terms of specifics, let’s cover a handful of areas where we will be stepping up our game:

    Quality Assurance: We’ve completely overhauled the way we QA Terraria.
    • More stable, dedicated testing teams – people that truly know the game vs the “standard” technical-only approach to console testing. Terraria simply isn’t a game that fits the mold – and testing needs to follow suit.
    • More direct engagement/partnering with Re-Logic on prioritization of content, catching bugs/issues earlier, etc.
    • Focusing on smaller and faster updates – this allows for a tighter “window” of content to test (and fix as necessary) vs something as massive as, say, 1.2 was.
    • On Mobile, you will have seen some of the results of this already over the past several weeks. This is an ongoing process, and we have a handful of additional fixes coming – so stay tuned there!
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    Customer Service & Community Engagement
    • We are applying the same approach – leveraging more experienced people that know the game and the community – in how we will be answering customer inquiries/issues and in how we interact with the community across places like TCF and social media.
    • We are also becoming more closely integrated with Re-Logic in order to enhance our understanding of the needs of the community, and to gain better foresight on the PC content coming down the pipeline.
    • Our plan is to be more open with our communication of “coming events” as well.
    • Our hope is that this will result in a more engaging and streamlined experience, and to aid in the quality and efficiency of future development on Console & Mobile.
    • This is still very much in process, so stay tuned and keep providing your invaluable feedback to help guide us here!

    So, in short: by more closely partnering with Re-Logic, engaging community and game experts, and listening to you…we will raise our game across the board and deliver the best possible Terraria experience possible on Console & Mobile.

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    Terraria Console & Mobile News!

    So that’s our promise to you…but that’s not all! We come bearing news as well.

    MOBILE - On top of the ongoing suite of fixes across the board, we will be announcing new content for Terraria mobile at E3 in a couple of weeks. So keep your eyes peeled there!

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    CONSOLE - Later today we’ll be pushing our ‘Additions Update’ live across all console platforms, with a bunch of new content to play and enjoy!!! This should essentially bring Console Terraria up to the 1.2.3 PC version. For details on what will be contained within this update, check out the changelog below:

    Additions update
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    - Increased npc name net message size
    - Created separate textures for solid and non-solid tiles
    - Add swap option for all consoles except PSVita between L1R1/L2R2 or LTRT/LBRB
    - Renumbered console exclusive armor head, body and leg ids
    - Ice Queen projectile does not affect destructible tiles (Frostmoon loot bug and Queen Bee spawning)
    - Replaced “Drop” function with “Quick Buff” in the controller map


    Mechanics:
    - Ability to change platforms into stairs with a hammer
    - Update music box graphics (each music box has its unique style)
    - Add Music Notes animation for Music boxes
    - Update Robe graphics
    - Update graphics for Cobalt Shield, Obsidian Shield, Paladin’s Shield
    - Add Cactus variations
    - Add biome-specific stalactites
    - Add sounds for waterfalls and lavafalls
    - Add sounds for critters
    - Increase bird spawns during the morning
    - Add various song sfx for birds
    - Add upside-down slopes (for hammer, and in world-gen)
    - Allow the placing of coins to create coin stacks
    - Destroyer boss drops loot from segment closest to the player
    - All non-event bosses can drop a Boss Mask (see items)
    - Dyes stackable
    - Turn rain red during a Blood Moon
    - Add Shark Statue
    - Add the catching of critters and making cages for them
    - Add Underground Crimson music


    New Critters:
    - Duck
    - Mallard Duck
    - Worm


    New NPC:
    - Travelling merchant


    New Items (and ID):
    2158 Bubble Wallpaper
    2159 Copper Pipe wallpaper
    2160 Ducky Wallpaper
    2008 Fancy Grey Wallpaper
    2009 Ice Floe wallpaper
    2010 Music wallpaper
    2011 Purple Rain wallpaper
    2012 Rainbow wallpaper
    2013 Sparkle Stone wallpaper
    2014 Starlit heaven wallpaper
    1991 Bug Net
    2177 Ammo Box
    2214 Brick Layer
    2215 Extendo Grip
    2216 Paint Sprayer
    2217 Portable Cement Mixer
    2219 Celestial Magnet
    2266 Sake
    2272 Water Gun
    2279 Gypsy Robe
    2274 Ultrabright Torch
    2268 Pho
    2267 Pad Thai
    2258 Chalice
    2270 Gatligator
    2223 Pulse Bow
    2271 Arcane Rune Wall
    2277 Gi
    2275 Magic Hat
    2242 Fancy Dishes
    2243 Glass Bowl
    2278 Kimono
    1988 Fez
    2273 Katana
    2269 Revolver
    2260 Dynasty Wood
    2261 Red Dynasty Shingles
    2262 Blue Dynasty Shingles
    2283 Zebra Skin
    2282 Leopard Skin
    2281 Tiger Skin
    2493 King Slime Mask
    2112 Eye of Cthulhu Mask
    2104 Brain of Cthulhu Mask
    2111 Eater of Worlds Mask
    2108 Queen Bee Mask
    1281 Skeletron Mask
    2105 Wall of Flesh Mask
    2113 Destroyer Mask
    2792 Horned God Robe
    2106 Twin Mask
    2794 Horned God Boots
    2107 Skeletron Prime Mask
    2793 Horned God Headpiece
    2791 Ocram Mask
    2109 Plantera Mask
    2110 Golem Mask
    2218 Beetle Husks
    2199 Beetle Helmet
    2200 Beetle Scale Mail
    2201 Beetle Shell
    2202 Beetle Leggings
    2280 Beetle Wings
    2229 Dynasty Work Bench
    2263 White Dynasty Wall
    2264 Blue Dynasty Wall
    2265 Dynasty Door
    2228 Dynasty Chair
    2230 Dynasty Chest
    2259 Dynasty Table
    2226 Dynasty Lantern
    2224 Large Dynasty Lantern
    2236 Dynasty Candle
    2227 Large Dynasty Candle
    2225 Dynasty Lamp
    2235 Dynasty Bowl
    2234 Dynasty Cup
    2231 Dynasty Bed
    2237 Dynasty Clock
    2233 Dynasty Bookcase
    2232 Dynasty Bathtub
    2244 Wine Glass
    2208 Terrarium
    2162 Bunny Cage
    2163 Squirrel Cage
    2206 Penguin Cage
    2166 Bird Cage
    2167 Blue Jay Cage
    2168 Cardinal Cage
    2191 Mouse Cage
    2207 Worm Cage
    0250 Fishbowl
    2019 Bunny
    2018 Squirrel
    2205 Penguin
    2105 Bird
    2016 Blue Jay
    2017 Cardinal
    2003 Mouse
    2002 Worm


    Not only do you get ‘Additions’, but we are also releasing a mobile Companion App for the PS4 and XBox ONE versions of Terraria, for both iOS and Android devices. The Companion App will operate as a ‘World Map’ live-steaming your in-game location, allowing you to see what’s around you to either to either go and explore or fight, and all without ever having to bring up a menu or having to pause your game.

    We look forward to bringing you further content later in the year.


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    In closing, we hope you have enjoyed what we have brought to the Terraria experience to-date and that you will accept our apologies for the places where things have gone awry. We can and will do better. Moving forward, we are confident that you will enjoy the content we’re bringing to the mobile and console platforms, and we hope that are as excited for the future of the franchise as we are.

    ~505 Games
     
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  2. Loki

    Loki Consigliere Staff Member Re-Logic Administrator

    So much good stuff there!

    Appreciate 505 stepping up to own the past and dedicate themselves to the future. We certainly look forward to partnering with them there.

    Love the fixes to Mobile of late - its come so far pretty fast. Still some fixing to do...and the tease of more content after that is quite nice.

    Topping it off with a new console content update and that clever mobile app (which I guess acts like a "dual screen" world map would functionally?) is even better.


    Am I the only one that wants to throw a party for the demise of the "Drop Button"? No more randomly dropping important stuff into lava...
     
  3. Xman101

    Xman101 Cultist

    Great to see 505 on the front foot regarding the recent issues with console and mobile!

    I hope to see lots of good things come out of this for those in console side of the community! :happy:
     
  4. Erienna Nakagai

    Erienna Nakagai Headless Horseman

    Yeah!
    I'm (less excited than for 1.3 but still) excited for this news.
    and also now we have a place to link those annoying complainers to.
     
  5. ChippyGaming

    ChippyGaming Retinazer

    When the companion app coming?
     
  6. Pedguin

    Pedguin Terrarian

    Yay! I've been meaning to buy the PS4 version recently so this gives me a reason to! Haha :)

    Also I'm suuuuuper hyped for the Wii U version in october! I'll be able to lay in bed playing away :passionate:
     
  7. Cirom

    Cirom Skeletron Prime

    While I'm not a particularly big fan of the Mobile version (although I do own all three: PC, PSVita and Android) - glad to see that work is being done to improve everything! Plus, that companion app looks pretty sweet, although I'm not too sure how useful it'd be given that as a PSVita user, I can just pull up the map without interrupting other same-console players anyway. (As the PSVita lacks splitscreen)

    Also, Quick Buff instead of Drop? Yussssss. Never once have I found the "Drop" button useful (not even in PC) - if I wanted to drop an item, I'd drop it straight from the inventory menu itself. (Or, with PC, just right click the item off the inventory.)
     
  8. ExoticCharm

    ExoticCharm Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Glad to see it! I have a lot of friends that will be happy to hear this news.

    ...still, I hope the possibility of cross-save functionality for Xbox 1 hasn't been ditched.
     
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  9. Zygomorph

    Zygomorph Spazmatism

    I don't really have condole, but this looks cool if I ever decided to play the PS4 version that I bought on a whim a while ago.

    Continue, 505Games.
     
  10. ChippyGaming

    ChippyGaming Retinazer

    I couldn't do that, running a full time Terraria channel is enough Terraria for me already! aha
     
  11. Pedguin

    Pedguin Terrarian

    I can make videos from bed!

    Genius.
     
  12. ChippyGaming

    ChippyGaming Retinazer

    Oh man, that's genius, all you need is a laptop and a suspension microphone!
     
  13. Ori

    Ori Spazmatism

    Bravo! Magnifique! Excellente!

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  14. JohnPlaysMRT

    JohnPlaysMRT Terrarian

    I just hope Amazon won't be a bum about this update, like they have been recently...-_-
     
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  15. Safeman

    Safeman Community Manager Staff Member Re-Logic

    The companion app sounds like a game changer. I can't wait! Anything to feed my screen addiction :)
     
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  16. dom1998

    dom1998 Skeletron Prime

    Yesssssss thanks 505 games your amazing n its awesome your changing the way you do things for the fans
     
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  17. CinamonPizza

    CinamonPizza Retinazer

    While I rarely play console myself, good job 505, another good update (especially the screen part :dryadpassionate:)
     
  18. Cubicality

    Cubicality The Destroyer

    Not sure updating Console first was the best idea, as far as I know, mobile users got pretty mad about the frost moon...
    But hey, maybe the news will turn out to be 1.2.4! :naughty:
    These latest updates for mobile have been much better than the initial 1.2 and original game, keep it up 505!
     
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  19. Loki

    Loki Consigliere Staff Member Re-Logic Administrator

    My understanding is that the Mobile content updates were delayed a touch in order to focus on fixing the litany of bugs that have cropped up of late. Best to build the next story of your house once the foundation and existing floors are all shored up and stable. I, for one, embrace that approach.
     
  20. Cubicality

    Cubicality The Destroyer

    Aah. I just hope more people get this, I know some people who were like "CONSOLE FROST MOON WUT TERRARIA IS WORST GAME EVA RAGEQUIT"
    Maybe it was just me, but I hope this doesn't happen again.