Is it a new engine though? It looks like it runs on the exact same engine to me. Yes the animations are nicer, the graphics are prettier and there are a couple new mechanics, but they're also still working on Terraria simultaneously, adding new music, animations, mechanics, etc... Basically overhauling it for the third time or so.As for being a reskin . . . I don't think making a brand new game from the ground up with a completely new engine, music, enemies, graphics, gameplay, and design direction can be called a "reskin" under any conditions.
This is why I feel Otherworld is a bit of a cash grab. I'm aware they haven't released another title in quite some time, and I do believe they deserve support because I do love Terraria and I want to see it continue to be great. However, when they pump out the exact same game with a couple new mechanics and some prettier graphics... well that sounds like a game a whole lot of people love to hate on doesn't it? Shouldn't we hold all companies to the same standard?
I'm not saying in any way that Terraria: Otherworld won't be a good game. I'm just saying that I'm not impressed that their new title is nearly identical to their previous title.
It's advertised as "another take on Terraria", yet it shares most of the same basic premises. Carve out the land for resources, build up a base of operations, make suitable environments for npcs to join you, go kill monsters and stop the corruption from spreading throughout the world. That's Terraria already, it's not really that new of a take, just a slightly altered mission statement. If they had completely changed the way the game played, made it more adventure based than mining and building based, then I could see it in a different light.
I suppose to be fair it's not so much a cash grab as it is just a rather unprofessional way to go about getting more revenue in my opinion.
As for the Starbound comments, a lot of the game looks visually similar to Starbound. The way the characters hold and use their weapons, and the biomes all look very similar to those I've found in Starbound (I mean, c'mon, the dudes on an asteroid in that one scene). There are more things that remind me of it, but it's hard to put them into words at the moment as it's 5am at the moment and I'm on my lunch break. That said, there's nothing wrong with looking like Starbound though, that's not my problem at all (I've always wanted a space biome for Terraria). However the fact that it resembles Starbound so much visually just gives it less uniqueness, since let's face it; Starbound is Terraria in space.
I hope this better explains my concerns with the game.