Official The Path Ahead: Major News Updates for Console & Mobile

Yeah. I know! I know the content of 1.3 but I think you don't get the difference in terms of feeling when you're receiving update such as this in mobile. So that's why we need spoilers. Right? Don't get me wrong.
I get the need to have updates and feel like we've gotten something new. It's just there is such a thing as too much hype. Other than some screenshots showing 1.3 content on a console or mobile device, there's really nothing for them to show us. Really the pics in the original post should prove showing us the progress isn't that impressive really.

We are months away from the devs having nailed anything down for certain, so they can't even tell us useful information yet. I mean lots of people want to know how much ram they need to run 1.3 mobile. I doubt the programmers have even figured that out yet.

I think the best thing to do is find another game to play for a couple of months so Terraria feels fresh and exciting when you come back to it for the update.
 

PankHairStudios

Skeletron Prime
Ummm this is wat my world gemerated on mobile
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dirtlord

Skeletron Prime
Psst, you need to be behind Dungeon walls for the Dungeon Guardian to spawn. He is behind crimstone walls.

You think that is weird, I found a Demon altar in a crimson area.

According to the wiki any naturally placed walls work (though I have noticed that recently only dungeon walls seem to work which is probably a bug because all walls used to work and the wiki is up to 1.3 and I doubt that they would remove it just to add it back again)

Also the demon altar thing doesn't surprise me that much there seems to be allot of weirdness with crimson worlds doing corruption checks (such as the steampunk boiler checking for eater of worlds instead of brain of cthulu)
 
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Unicron

Terrarian
According to the wiki any naturally placed walls work (though I have noticed that recently only dungeon walls seem to work which is probably a bug because all walls used to work and the wiki is up to 1.3 and I doubt that they would remove it just to add it back again)

Also the demon altar thing doesn't surprise me that much there seems to be allot of weirdness with crimson worlds doing corruption checks (such as the steampunk boiler checking for eater of worlds instead of brain of cthulu)

Well I remember when I used to play the game on mobile around 1.1 and yeah I remembered going near a Dungeon and one dg spawned. :eek: I was scared the <vulgarity> outta my head.
 

Terra Magicio

Wall of Flesh
Is there anywhere besides this forum where update news might be posted I'm getting a new phone at the end of the month and it actually stands a chance of playing 1.3 when it comes out so I want to keep up with the news as much as possible

Also I just want to confirm are watches craftable because the wiki says that the are "obtainable on mobile but not functional but I've read several times that they aren't elsewhere and I can't craft get the recipe to show up even though other two part stations (crystal ball + water/lava, crafting station + chair) work and I'm really close to unlocking all recipies in the game, other than watches I just have to geta few enemy dropped accessories and dye ingredients (the main sticking point of this is that pink prickly pears don't seam to grow I've had multiple loot worlds with deserts and am on the third crop of cactus in my artificial desert)

You can get the watches through opening presents, as I myself have a Tungsten watch, but they are NOT craftable.
They are also, of course, nonfunctional.
 

Torrentino

Terrarian
So much news! 1.3 for current gen, everyone will be excited! Welcome to the community Pipeworks :) I'm sure everyone is glad for the update! :)

Good day, Terrarians!

We cannot help but to be really excited about the ongoing work – and that we are finally able to share it with you! So, without further ado, we are sharing a handful of plans with you today:

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OLD GEN CONSOLES
What’s happening with old-gen?
  • Engine Software is currently working on an update that will be focused on clearing out the most impactful bugs that our QA and/or Re-Logic QA have been able to uncover - along with keeping close track with anything that the Community has raised. This will encompass over 100 fixes in total. If you have any major items in particular that you would like to inquire about, please let us know.
  • This update will unfortunately be the final update for PS3, XB360, and PS Vita
  • Targeted release timeframe is September 2016
  • The great news is that you can continue to play these versions of Terraria (both online and offline) as a fully functioning – and still incredibly fun – game.
    • No further updates will be coming for old gen
    • Current-Gen consoles (XB1, PS4) will continue to receive updates (more on that below)
    • Future updates to current-gen platforms will unfortunatelty make cross-play with old-gen platforms impossible
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Why are we no longer providing updates for old-gen?


  • Simply put, these consoles are 12 years old at this point, and we are running into hardware requirement issues (as some of you saw with Vita): as Terraria has grown over the years, its hardware demands have as well – with 1.3 being a sizeable jumping-off point. This also means that we would likely have to substantially "hold back" current gen possibilities in order to make things work with the "lowest common denominator."
  • So, that being the case and in order to continue to give all users the best Terraria experience, we needed to draw a line here that allows old gen players to have a stable and authentic game experience – even if that means being stopped at 1.2.4 tier content – while also enabling current gen consoles to fully leverage their more current hardware.
  • We explored a few possible approaches to make 1.3 work, but – to be frank – none of them were really acceptable. They required too much in the way of compromising the Terraria console gameplay experience and still left some lingering stability concerns, all while drawing in a rather large amount of resources to make it work at all – resources that we ultimately feel would be better used to push Terraria forward further and faster.
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How are we making the transition easier for our users?

  • You will be able to upload your worlds from old-gen platforms and transfer them to current-gen – we have been focusing heavily on cross-saves over the past few months and will continue to do so in order to be 100% certain that this is functional for everyone.
  • We are working with Sony and Microsoft to help make the transition as smooth as possible for current owners – keep an eye out for some exciting promotions!
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CHANGING OF THE GUARD

As this is a major milestone in the journey of Terraria on Console and Mobile, we took a step back and evaluated everything that we had currently going on as well as available resources. To that end, we are making a shift in the development teams moving forward. We thank Engine and Codeglue for all of their contributions to bringing Terraria to a wider community but we’ve made the decision to bring all development in-house under one roof with Pipeworks. So say a big thank you to them both, and a give a warm welcome to Pipeworks!


Engine will remain on board until the final Old Gen Console Update is complete, while CodeGlue will remain on board until sometime in Q3, as they continue their work on stabilizing the mobile codebase. CodeGlue will also remain on board for any future 3DS updates.

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Meeting Pipeworks: Our new Console and Mobile Development Team

That said, let’s meet the new team shall we? Taking over the mantle of Terraria development on Console and Mobile will be Pipeworks Studio out of Eugene, Oregon! Here is a bit about Pipeworks and why they were such a good fit for this project:

  • They are a part of the Digital Bros. group (of which 505 Games is as well) – so this is an opportunity to bring Terraria “in house”
  • Since the reforms in QA, our current Console (and future Mobile) QA team is located at Pipeworks as well – this means that the QA team and the dev team will sit side-by-side, and that makes for some massive gains in efficiency of finding and squashing issues!
  • The team dedicated to Terraria at Pipeworks are MASSIVE Terraria fans. Each of the team members are well-versed veterans of the franchise on PC and beyond – logging hundreds of hours of play over time. They are also immensely passionate about this project and making this amazing.
So, everyone, please share your warmest greetings to our new team at Pipeworks! We have certainly encouraged them to dive right in to the community – and we hope to have some events in the very near future that will allow the community and the dev team to interact more closely. Stay tuned there!


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CURRENT GEN CONSOLES

Continuing with our theme of this being a key milestone and thus a chance for a fresh start, Pipeworks is hard at work on two huge undertakings:

Console Reset
  • PW is currently rebuilding the entire Console Terraria experience from the ground up.
  • The foundation/standard being utilized is the current Terraria PC codebase, which should ultimately mean:
    • Integration of the PC Controller support style
    • A more seamless/authentic experience - when you play one version or the other, they should feel quite similar if not exactly the same!
    • Shortened update “gaps” and a cleaner, more stable experience
    • And more!
  • There are other potential benefits to this Reset that the team is actively exploring and discussing, but we will save those for sharing when we know more/are more certain if/when any of that will be possible.

    Clarification on Reset
    There has been significant confusion about the reset, so to clarify, the intentions of ReLogic and Pipeworks is to be able to seamlessly integrate old worlds and player files into the new codebase for Console Terraria. This is not expected to delete your old saves, its merely a rewrite of the game's code, so your progress should be safe!
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Terraria 1.3 on Current Gen Consoles!!!
  • Our next update for current gen is the long-awaited MASSIVE Terraria 1.3 update - which includes a ton of new content. When it arrives, it will include both the reset discussed above AND be current up to at least PC 1.3 standard. For those of you whom are for some reason unaware of what all 1.3 brings to the table, here is just a small sampling:
    • Endgame Celestial Invasion Event & Moonlord final boss encounter
    • Brutally difficult Expert Mode – where fortune and glory - and unique loot - await those brave enough.
    • Over 800 new items, bringing the total count to well over 3500!
    • Numerous player quality of life upgrades
    • Original Changelog for PC is located here: http://forums.terraria.org/index.php?threads/1-3-changelog.20617/

We know that everyone has been dying for this content to arrive on Console for some time, and we are beyond thrilled to finally announce that it is well underway.

The timing of these two projects will overlap – meaning that Current Gen Console players will get both the Reset AND Terraria 1.3 at the same time! Of course, that leads to the obvious question: When?

Our current target delivery for the Reset+1.3 is Q2 2017. All of this will be absolutely free to existing Current Gen Console Terraria owners (Old Gen players will have to purchase a Current Gen copy).


We – and Pipeworks – plan to share progress and spoilers along the way. We are even looking into more interactive ways to allow you all to share in the journey with us. So, stay tuned and look forward to that! In the meantime, let’s whet your appetite with a quick screen of the current actively-running build of Console Terraria:



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MOBILE

So, that just leaves our good friends the Mobile Terrarians. What do we have in store for you guys?

As you saw above, we are changing our Mobile development team over to Pipeworks as well. As with Console, Pipeworks is working to redesign and rebuild the Terraria Mobile experience. This eventual Mobile Reset will include Terraria 1.3 as well!


In parallel, CodeGlue will continue their efforts to stabilize the existing Terraria mobile game. This will be critically important even with the Mobile Reset, because there will likely be older devices (less RAM, etc) that cannot run Mobile 1.3, and we want to leave players with those older devices with as stable and solid a Terraria experience as we can.

Key things to know:
  • Timing is planned to be “around the time of” the Console Reset – but likely will come after it by at least a few months. As we know more, we will share it.
  • As with Console, we will share our plans and progress and journey with you!
  • We are aware of other features desired by the community (online multiplayer, UI redesign, rebalancing, etc), and those will absolutely be discussed in our planning. As we know more there, we will fill you in – hopefully, we can cover off at least some of these in the reset!
  • As always, the updates (and the reset) will be free to current owners of Terraria on Mobile.
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Whew, well that’s all we have for today – it was a lot to write and probably even more for you guys to take in. We are beyond thrilled to be able to share all of this with you and equally excited for what this means for the future of the franchise is a massive understatement. We truly feel that we have found a way here to spend the time and money needed to accomplish our – and Re-Logic’s – goal of providing the best Terraria experience possible to as many people as possible. This is something that we look forward to continue providing to you all for years to come.


Here’s to the journey ahead!
[doublepost=1485681634,1485681281][/doublepost]Well, I guess this means I have to say bye bye terraria, I used to play this everyday but now I've completed the game multiple times and have waited and waited and prepared for the 1.3 update to come to psvita until I saw this... I doubt ill ever get a current gen Cus I don't have enough money so I want a refund and I'm probably going to sell my psvita Cus that was the only game I played on my console(psvita). I am so annoyed. Customer service for you- 0/10
 

Kazzymodus

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[doublepost=1485681634,1485681281][/doublepost]Well, I guess this means I have to say bye bye terraria, I used to play this everyday but now I've completed the game multiple times and have waited and waited and prepared for the 1.3 update to come to psvita until I saw this... I doubt ill ever get a current gen Cus I don't have enough money so I want a refund and I'm probably going to sell my psvita Cus that was the only game I played on my console(psvita). I am so annoyed. Customer service for you- 0/10

Re-Logic does not give refunds, because they are not the retailer. If you want a refund, you should go to the place where you bought the game, although since you have had it long enough to complete it multiple times, I think you'd be wasting your time.

Nevertheless, I'm curious as to why you want a refund. Apparently you thought Terraria was a good enough game to complete multiple times, but the knowledge that you are not getting an update that you never paid for, never were promised and, potentially, never even knew existed when you bought the game is now what makes Terraria 'bad', or at least bad enough to warrant a refund?

This has nothing to do with Customer Service either. Re-Logic and 505 had a choice between leaving last-gen with a working (and fun) version of 1.2.4, or an unstable, if not unplayable, version of 1.3. You can be mad at them for not getting 1.3, but in the same vein you would have been more upset (and rightfully so) if after 1.3 hit, you wouldn't be able to play Terraria at all.

You have been left with a very enjoyable version of Terraria. Not getting 1.3 is disappointing, I get that, but it doesn't detract anything from the original experience.
 
Kazzymodus I couldn't have put it better.

Torrentino I understand how much this sucks, but it's not like they dropped the Vita on a whim. It's just not powerful enough to hold the game anymore. Plus it's a dead system, Sony had dropped all support for it. You probably could have seen this coming.
 
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