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Official New 1.3 Spoilers: Enhancing the User Interface

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Yoraiz0r

Lead Developer
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Greetings everyone!

All of us on the Terraria development team hope and trust that each of you had a pleasant a restful holiday season. While we took some time to spend with friends and family as well, we have also been hard at work on the 1.3 update. It is our desire that 1.3 live up to everyone's expectations and leave an epic, lasting impact on the game.

It's been a while since we shared some substantial spoilers - so to make up for that gap, you will find a larger-than-usual list of stuff from 1.3 to whet your appetite. Hope you enjoy them!

One of our areas of focus with Terraria 1.3 is an interface upgrade. Clearly, this is a core part of the game experience with which players will constantly interact - so we have taken great care to make the interface more clear, pleasing to the eye, and to enhance it's level of interactivity. Below are a few examples of these efforts:

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Player Interface Upgrades - Icons & Text

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We have upgraded how icons appear/work: things in your inventory will now have their edges lighten up once the cursor is over them.

In addition, a lot of buttons such as reforging, opening the crafting grid, PVP, and teams got a visual update -we even added a 5th pink team!

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We also noted that a lot of in-game text is currently hard to read due to how it blends in with the backgrounds - so we've gone on a bordering spree and are making sure everything has the right amount of clarity and contrast to it is easier to to view and read (even item stack amounts).

(Please Note: This is a work in process and may not reflect the final version.)

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Player Interface Upgrades - Inventory & Shopping
Moderator Edit: Please note that the pink grass and trees in this image are PAINTED, and not a new biome.
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On the interactivity end of the spectrum, we have made great strides. In an earlier spoiler Cenx showed everyone you can now link items in chat - but that is merely the beginning of the changes we have made!

Items in your inventory can now be "favorited". When you "favorite" an item, you will not be able to accidentally throw, trash sell or stack it into a chest!

To further help streamline inventory management, you can now quick stack items to all nearby chests. This feature will place items in chests that already have stacks started for certain items. (If you do not have a stack started you will need to manually open the chests.)

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We also realized that shopping in Terraria could be improved. With 1.3, when paying for goods from NPCs, you can now see the money contained in your piggy bank or safe, and use your savings to pay! (no more running back and forth from your bank)

We even upgraded crafting to take advantage of these improvements - you will be able to craft from an open chest (including the piggy bank and safe)! To further enhance this feature, chests now show as open when they're in use, so you can tell which is which.

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Player Interface Upgrades - Maps, Data, & Screenshots

We have also taken the time to augment how information is displayed to the player by making all the accessories that provide data (time/depth, and so on) work by simply sitting in your inventory. In addition, we added a bunch more of these - such as items which display the weather, moonphase, DPS, and more!

The information items you have will also share their effects with any nearby player, but you can easily hide information from your screen when it interrupts you!

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Moderator Edit: Please note that the pink grass and trees in this image are PAINTED, and not a new biome.
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We have also added a new method for taking screen shots within the game. When you enable our new Screen Capture mode, you will be able to take larger scale pictures of your worlds and builds rather than using the old method of taking many smaller pictures and piecing them together!

(Thank you to all of our amazing testers involved in this build!)

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Further additions include the map marking the last spot where you've died and being able to see text inside signs when you hover your cursor over them from a distance...plus a few other details that I'll leave hidden for now. ;)

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On behalf of the entire Terraria dev team, I hope you enjoy these spoilers and that they continue to keep you hyped and excited for Terraria 1.3!
 
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ppowersteef

Paladin
HOT DANG!
These looks so incredible! (both the spoilers and the towers)

How can I say this in a few words...

...Amazing.....I'm really excited, time for reading:

-Funny that the team colors resembles the gems
-Did anyone also noticed the new graphics of the tombstones
-That tree between those towers... @Snickerbobble confection confirmed?
Nah, Like A LOT of other people said, It's probably a snow tree dyed violet, too bad.
 
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Thee Pie Man

Official Terrarian
Nice! I can't wait to actually play this update~!!!

Edit: After looking at the post again I see several things that have yet to be mentioned;

1: The Rainbow torches (Unless I missed a spoiler)
2: The sharpening stone- usually used to refine blade edge's and make them stronger so perhaps a melee buffer kinda like the Crystal ball is a mana buffer.
3: The floating tome table- curious what this has to offer.
4: The Sun Dial- is this just the clock for the Skyware or perhaps is it the night and day turner?
5: There's some interesting monster banners up there...specifically the crossing alien looking ones
6: Some weird globe like item inside the Traveling merchant's shop. Thought it was a kind of Chakram but am unsure.
EditEdit: I see a Lizardforge now too ._. How'd I miss that?
EditEditEdit: Huge lever thing as well..

Ediediteditedit: Marble and Granite, nice.
 
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Aadrian1234

Terrarian
Oh man, i can't wait. Content updates AND QOL updates? 1.3 is gonna be amazing!

So far, the "Stack items in nearby chests" and "favorite" features are my favorite, that's gonna be extremely helpful
 
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