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Terraria: Otherworld Changing of the Guard: An Update from Otherworld

Discussion in 'PC - Re-Logic' started by Loki, Apr 3, 2017.

  1. Loki

    Loki Consigliere Staff Member Re-Logic Administrator

    Good Day, Terrarians-

    We wanted to take a few moments to share some important news with you all in regards to the status of Terraria: Otherworld.

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    As you all know from when we first announced the game a good while back, Re-Logic’s focus has and always will be on delivering complete and quality game experiences to our fanbase. This means that we will not compromise game quality for speed to market or for any other reasons within our control. Our team had a clear vision for this game – one that we shared with all of you with much shared excitement – and, as much as we hate to say it (and in spite of all of the reforms we tried last year) - the current state of the game is still equal parts far from that vision and well behind schedule.

    As a result, we have made the decision to move on from having Engine Software continue development of Terraria: Otherworld. Re-Logic has possession of the game (code, art, sounds, etc.) as it exists today, and we have been examining the array of options available to us to get TOW to a place to where we can confidently deliver on the vision and expectations we all have for this game. After taking a good hard look at everything, we feel that a new and fresh start/direction is the only way Otherworld will ever reach its full potential at this point.

    So, where does TOW head from here? The great news is that we already have a dedicated and passionate team ready to pick up the torch and continue the Otherworld journey! Based upon their really impressive work to-date with the Terraria re-write on Console/Mobile, coupled with an amazingly on-point proposal for completing Otherworld (after a thorough review of the game on their end), we have made the decision to bring Pipeworks on board as our new development partner for Terraria: Otherworld!

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    We know that the "radio silence" and all of the shifting development work aimed at continuing the journey for Terraria: Otherworld has been frustrating for a lot of you. It isn’t a happy or easy call for us either – however, we feel strongly that we owe it to our community and loyal customers to uphold the standards that both you and we expect and to focus on delivering the best possible games that we can for you all to play. The length of the silence was purely driven by "these things take time to occur and then set up" coupled with our desire to have an actual solution/path forward before just sharing the news about Engine.

    Come whatever may, quality is simply not something we are willing to compromise on to make a quick buck. It may be painful in the short term, but our sincere hope is that it will pay off for everyone in the long term. Clearly, had we known this would be the scenario way back then, we would have held off on announcing the game until a later time - but such is game development. That said, we are really happy and confident with the new team and new plan - and cannot wait to get back on track.

    Some quick details/questions that you may have:

    • Scope: We will be working with Pipeworks to examine the entire game, from top to bottom, to see how it fits with our high expectations and core vision for this project.
    • Timing: As we know more about the specifics of timing, etc and/or have fresh spoilers to share, we absolutely will - though expect the "quiet period" to go on just a bit longer while Pipeworks gets ramped up and we actually have new things to show.
    • Impact on other work: Pipeworks will staff up appropriately so that the Otherworld workload does not have any impact on the timing/quality of the Terraria 1 Console/Mobile/Switch launch
    • Other Changes: We will be doing a full refresh of all of the Otherworld public-facing locations (Website/Twitter/Facebook/etc.) - including a revamp of the logo itself :cool: As these are completed, we will be sure to let you know so that you can check things out!


    Thanks so much to you all for your amazing support of Terraria, Terraria: Otherworld, and our company. It is that support that drives us every day to do amazing things for you and we look forward to sharing more of what is to come very soon.

    We are sure that you have a ton of questions, and we will answer what we can – but we will not delve into some areas out of either respect or confidence or the unknown. So we will ask your patience and forgiveness in advance there.

    Thanks!
     
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2017
  2. Guys. GUYS. SOMETHING WAS UP AFTERALL! :D This is great!!!
     
  3. Cenx

    Cenx Lead Developer Staff Member Re-Logic Administrator

    I am so insanely excited to be able to share this news and what it means for the future of ToW. Thank you all for your continued support and patience. It takes time to make something great and we refuse to let ToW be anything but that! <3
     
  4. Arkhalis

    Arkhalis Quality Director Re-Logic

    I've really enjoyed the work I have done with Pipeworks so far. Looking forward to working with them even more going forward!
     
  5. KaLul

    KaLul Terrarian

    Thank you for this! Thank you! :* :*
     
  6. Ghostar

    Ghostar Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Let the hype train start! Can't wait to see what all comes from this.
     
  7. Antti111

    Antti111 Terrarian

    Good news! It's good to hear where this game is going.
     
  8. Kola17_97

    Kola17_97 Spazmatism

    Great. Now we're overburdening Pipeworks. This is a recipe for disaster since we don't know what their full potential could be since the console 1.3 update isn't even out yet. Nice job shooting yourselves in the foot?
     
  9. Safeman

    Safeman Community Manager Staff Member Re-Logic

    Actually, Pipeworks is hiring so that the Otherworld development doesn't have any impact on the timing or quality of the Console and mobile updates or Switch launch. They are going to rock it!
     
  10. ExoticCharm

    ExoticCharm Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    It sounds like things are moving forward at least. Nothing wrong with that in my eyes.
     
  11. Kola17_97

    Kola17_97 Spazmatism

    I hope to Moon Lord Chuck Norris Arceus that they hire competent developers. Please don't let me down.
     
  12. Loki

    Loki Consigliere Staff Member Re-Logic Administrator

    Just to carry @Safeman's point a notch further - one could safely assume that this was a major point on emphasis from both parties in our discussions. It is not a question of making either/or amazing. Only BOTH the Terraria and Otherworld work being top notch is acceptable. Period.
     
  13. Aurora3500

    Aurora3500 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Excellent to hear about Other world's status!

    I have faith it will become a wonderful game. I'll wait as long as it takes! Continue being awesome!
     
  14. Clarineta

    Clarineta Terrarian

    Yea! Happy to see the updated photo on Facebook. Glad to hear things are progressing.
     
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  15. Proxy

    Proxy Spazmatism

    Switch Launch....
    ohhhhh, my Wallet is getting moist... ;D

    Even tho it is literally IMPOSSIBLE.
    I still hope there would be a Isaac reference in Otherworld, something with the Dagaz rune and these Purification Towers... i just Pray for it
     
    Last edited: Apr 4, 2017
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  16. IMainMudkip

    IMainMudkip The Destroyer

    I actually had my suspicions that pipeworks was working on TOW. Thank you soon much for getting us back on board with it. Hyped for new logo!
     
  17. Migui

    Migui Skeletron Prime

    the music producers are the same?
     
  18. Arkhalis

    Arkhalis Quality Director Re-Logic

    I promise, we're not shooting any feet.
     
  19. MBraderz

    MBraderz Skeletron Prime

    Was wondering when Engine were gonna be "sacked" so to speak, after the transition to Pipeworks I was thinking to myself "it's only a matter of time till Engine are completely gone"

    Hopefully now that you guys have new team things should progress smoother ( ish...) :p

    Looking forward to seeing TOW content in the future and semi super hyped for 1.3 on consoles
     
  20. PieFlavoredPie

    PieFlavoredPie Skeletron Prime

    Thanks for the update! I'll still be here - waiting patiently! :)