Don’t call it a comeback: Terraria: Otherworld explores dangerous new worlds

Re-Logic and Engine Software have announced Terraria: Otherworld, an alternate dimension version of their popular sandbox game. Terraria: Otherworld builds on the exploration and crafting of the first game with new elements of roleplaying and strategy. The developer was insistent that while Otherworld is a new, standalone title, it is not a Terraria 2, but rather a spin-off, like Civilization: Beyond Earth is to its main, numbered franchise.

The developer shared little about the game apart from a shadowy trailer of pre-alpha footage and the following blurb:

“Set in an alternate dimension within the Terraria universe, Terraria: Otherworld places the player in a life-and-death struggle to restore a once-pristine world – now overrun by a malevolent force that has corrupted nature itself – to its original splendor. Along with a rag-tag band of survivors, will you be able to successfully harness the power of an array of weaponry, magic, defenses, and even the world itself to thwart the designs of this unseen evil?”

The action looks familiar to anyone who has played Terraria, but with a darker color palette and the visual detail turned up a few notches on textures and particle effects. Objects and terrain all look a bit less rectilinear–notice those 45-degree slopes on the terrain.

Terraria: Otherworld is in early development for Mac and Windows. PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are also being considered as platforms., but no final decision has been made. The developer also insisted that this does not mean Terraria has been abandoned, and update 1.3 is still in the works.