Terraria State of the Game - July 2023
Posted on July 26th, 2023 11:39 AM EST
Whew, what a month July has been! We saw the great Tree vs Axe War of the Terrarians take place on Terraria Community Forums as well as all over social media? Which side did you wind up supporting? The good news is that things are back to being nice and peaceful again with the leaders of each side reaching a spruce to end hostilities. The even better news is that we will all get to enjoy a couple of new items as a result! We cannot wait to share what we have in mind there when the time comes. Beyond that, we are hammering out the final bits and going through one of our first team Terraria playthroughs in quite a while. These are always fantastic to do near the end of update development for balance, QA, and even the occasional new idea. We know that everyone really wants a launch date window, but we still are not quite ready to share that at this time. Soon though, hopefully!
Let's dive headlong into July's happenings and hints of what is to come in August and beyond!
The team has started the customary group full playthrough that accompanies the end stages of development. These are very important (and fun) sessions, where we unearth any remaining pesky bugs, find anything that feels unbalanced or not fun, and - quite often - come up with some fun new ideas.
We have been taking the time to listen to fan requests as well - and one we have heard pretty frequently is a way to see which worlds which characters have visited previously as a method to help know which character goes with which world(s). Players and worlds are also now sorted by most recently played.
The team is also having fun diving into the potential of World Seed combinations. With 128 different possible seed combinations, the team has let its creativity run wild by adding a whole bunch of fun combo effects - some big and some small. This includes at least 2 (and maybe more to come) combos that will substantially change the gameplay experience in unexpected ways. Want an example? Of course you do!
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Getting this update done and out to you is our only development focus right now!
We are excited to announce that 1.4.4 tModLoader will be available starting August 1st as tModLoader's default experience! After a lot of testing and changes, we are ready to release this next big version of tModLoader. We have seen significant uptake within the modding community on our 1.4.4-preview Beta, and are looking forward to a smooth transition to the next big stage. A lot of hard work went into this, so a big thank you to everyone involved.
Likewise, although 1.4.4 is released from our end, there will still be some mods not yet released on 1.4.4. This may include some popular mods. We anticipate several of these noteworthy mods to release within the few days to follow, and ask for your patience as modders publish their work.
For more information on the Jump to 1.4.4 and all that's happening around it, you can read more in our big announcement from earlier this month: tModLoader 1.4.4 Transition Plan
We are excited to see our modding community is already more than half way to our 60% porting effort target! As a reminder, we are waiting to changeover tModLoader to 1.4.4 as the default option until the majority of mods have posted a 1.4.4 version.
Please note that 1.4.4 will NOT replace 1.4.3. 1.4.3 will continue to be available in full through Steam Beta options, just as 1.3 is today.
As always, we kindly request that we all respect modders' time and not hassle them about porting to 1.4.4. Please be respectful as we all wrap up this big jump forward. Please stay tuned, and thank you for your patience. Once again, we are excited to bring tModLoader to 1.4.4 age! We hope you enjoy this next era of modding, and several improvements we've made during the journey.
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Final preparations for the 1.4.4 release and the subsequent bugfixing and tweaking that will be needed is taking up all of our time for now!
As always, you can keep track the current progress and much more in real time at tModLoader/tModLoader (But note that the completion percentage doesn't mean anything, because issues and PRs don't have weights.)
Developers who are willing to contribute may do so by doing PRs to the tModLoader/tModLoader branch. (See tModLoader/tModLoader)
Over on the Console/Mobile front, we are adding content just as fast as the PC side can put it out! We thought we would put together this fun little collage/montage of a recent testing session where we were trying out the new Velociraptor transformation.
Of course, we are also still exploring the handful of issues that remain for some players from the previous technical update:
KNOWN ISSUES WITH FIXES UNDERWAY
- Multiplayer not working for some users on Xbox - the latest backend updates seem to have cleared this up for almost everyone. The only exception seems to be players with bad connections with each other. We are seeing if we can force the system to allow connection anyway, but not sure if this is possible.
- Issue where the game freezes suddenly for PS4 users - We have made some progress with replication of situations where this is still occurring. Hoping to get this sorted soon.
- Old save data not showing anymore for some Xbox users - We have had to travel way back in time to get to the bottom of this issue. Progress is being made, but we do not yet have a line on a fix.
Until next time, Console & Mobile friends - thanks for all of your love and support!
Here's the latest and greatest happenings on the Community side of things. Thanks as always for being the most engaged and awesome gaming Community ever!
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TERRARIA - THE BOARD GAME DESIGNER DIARY
This month, we will share the first in what will be several "Designer Diary" entries from the lead designer for Terraria: the Board Game - Chris Kingsworth. We hope you enjoy these behind-the-scenes candid thoughts as we move ever closer to making this a reality!
I’m Chris, game developer at Paper Fort Games. As you’ve probably heard, Re-Logic recently announced a collaboration between our studios to create Terraria: The Board Game. The Re-Logic team have kindly given me the opportunity to write a designer diary as part of State of the Game, so let’s dive into the first instalment!
We announced Terraria: The Board Game on 1st June, to coincide with the UK Game Expo (UKGE) held at the NEC in Birmingham. I was excited and anxious in equal measure; Terraria is a video game beloved to literally millions of people, so it’s natural that some people’s reaction would be ‘why?’. Some players might be worried about a soulless tabletop rehash of another videogame IP, but I want to reassure you that we’re here to do the best job we can for you, the fans. We care about getting it right. It was wonderful seeing so many of you get excited about the chance to play Terraria in physical form; our aim is for the board game to be an extension of the incredible Terraria universe, and a chance for new and veteran players alike to experience the game in a new way.
If you heard me talk about the game at UKGE, hopefully I was able to convey how passionate we are about doing a great job. Before I even started designing the board game, we’ve spent hundreds of hours of research by playing, trawling the wiki, watching playthrough videos and reading forum discussions to understand the game and the community. We’re making a Terraria board game, not a board game with a Terraria theme.
It was fantastic to meet so many of you at the convention. Hundreds of Terrarians came by to find out about the board game; some who’ve played a few of hours, others who’ve logged thousands. There were kids with their parents, groups of friends and players that have been following the game since day one. One fan on holiday from the US heard the announcement and came to UKGE just to see the game, and Chippy came by for a chat and to ask some questions from the community. It was an amazing weekend, and reinforced how important Terraria is to so many people.
Like Re-Logic, we’re a small indie team, and we share the same game design ethos. We’re aiming for crowdfunding towards the end of the year, but we’re not going to rush. We’re going to take the time to get it right, playtest extensively, listen to feedback and give it the polish that it deserves. Everything that we do will be approved by Re-Logic, to ensure that we are faithful to their vision and respectful to the amazing community that they’ve built.
We’re passionate about the game and its players. We’re here to do the best we can and we want to bring you along for the journey by keeping you updated on what we’re doing; that’s one of the aims of the designer diary. In the next instalment, I’ll talk about the core aims of the tabletop game’s design; how we’re attempting to capture the sandbox feeling of Terraria and the unique things we are adding that can only be achieved in the physical world.
Until then, I’ll leave you with my 2 favourite quotes from fans during the launch: “…Terraria 2 is so light on RAM it doesn’t even need a PC…” and “…Can’t wait to speedrun this…”; these definitely made me laugh!
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In case you missed the big reveal, be sure to take a minute to read our post about Terraria - The Board Game, which contains details about timing, how it will be sold, and more!
TERRARIA - THE BOARD GAME DETAILS
The first rough lineart pages for Issue 5 are starting to arrive - and things are looking really good so far! What have Vale and crew been up to since defeating the evil Eye of Cthulhu, and where are they headed next? You will have to stay tuned to find out... but we will be sharing some spoilers along the way. Oh, and the first passes on the script for Issue 6 are under review this week!
As in prior months, if you have any outstanding issues with your order from Issues 1-4, we do not want to miss the chance to take care of you - please reach out to [email protected] immediately so that we can take care of things ASAP. Feel free to let us at Re-Logic know via [email protected] (we have been able to help several folks) if you are having any issues as well, but the 50amp email above should be the best way to sort out any stragglers out there!
So, we have seen a lot of Goblins in the past State of the Game posts... but we haven't seen perhaps the most famous of them all - until now!
Here to take all of your hard earned coins is none other than the Goblin Tinkerer!
As he often does, Chippy put together a great summary of some of the best of the antics. The two sides have since reached a truce, with new items being added to the 1.4.5 update to appease both sides. What will those be and what will they look like/do? You will have to wait and find out!
TERRARIA ON R/PLACE 2023
Perhaps even more moving is that the Community has chosen to make this a fitting tribute to our fallen colleague and brother, Leinfors. To give you a taste of what everyone has created:
You may be seeing this arrive as a painting in Terraria update near you!
We also saw Terraria appear in several other spots!
If you are not familiar with r/place, it is intended to be a global community blank canvas where people place one pixel at a time, creating works of art (or not). Of course, nothing is stopping others from overwriting or vandalizing your piece... so defending your turf is also key. That our community was able to create and defend all of these amazing pieces is a testament to your passion and dedication for all things Terraria!
(CLICK A GIVEN IMAGE TO HEAD OVER TO THE THREAD WHERE WE SAW IT)
FAN ART & BUILDS
Cowboy Duel by IlliaLime
Lunatic Cultist by Lun
Ocean Slimes by MoonRite
The Terraria team is thrilled to be participating in the second annual United Servers of Discord Alliance’s Guilds For Hope charity fundraiser! We’re teaming up with many other communities to raise money for Give Kids The World, a highly respected non-profit that fulfills many of the wishes for the Make a Wish foundation. Last year we reached our goal and successfully raised more than $7.5k for children with terminal diseases. This year our goal is $10k+. 100% of all funds raised are processed by the charity and go towards helping children with critical conditions.
Follow the link and participate today!
Link to Guilds for Hope 2023 Event
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Until next time, Terrarians - we hope you have an amazing month, and we look forward to bringing you the latest and greatest next time!