Terraria Coming to XBLA and PSN, PC Players Apparently Furious
Re-Logic, the studio behind PC-hit Terraria, has announced that their dungeon-exploration and crafting game will soon be coming to Xbox Live Arcade and the PlayStation Network, and not to mention boasting all-new content. Sure, console gamers are likely to be ecstatic at the news, but dedicated PC players – well, they’re right-ornery about the whole ordeal.
As Destructoid so cleverly discovered when parsing through the many lines of Facebook comments on the developer’s post, much of the consumer feedback was primarily unbridled fury, something you likely don’t expect or hope for as a developer when you announce that your project will now be playable by more people in more places.
Here are some of my current personal favorites from the lot:
“know what? this basically proves Red as a money grubbing whore. first you say you want to abandon the project, because you felt it was UNFINISHED. and NOW you want us to buy the shit again? two words: FUCK THAT! and NO i’m not buying Starbound either…” – Ricky Gervais (Probably not the real one, but that’s Facebook for you)
“Wow. Seriously? You abandon the PC game to release THIS. This confirms my suspicion that you guys are just in it for the money now.” – Courtney
“I HOPE YOUR CONSOLES CATCH FIRE AS SOON AS YOU PUT TERRARIA IN!” – Anemicni Oliver
“OH God ! You are copying this Idea from Mojang. -.- First they make a Xbox version and then you copy instead of satisfy the PC Gamers -.-” – Marco
“HAHAHAHA consoles.” – Rowen
Let’s talk for a moment about what these pleasant folks have right, and, more importantly, what these folks have incorrect.
These people are (presumably) customers. They (presumably) purchased this game on the PC with the idea in mind that the developer was going to supply them with a fun game that boasts content equal to the price they paid. Given that I’ve played hours and hours of Terraria, and even more so how much there truly is to uncover and accomplish in that game, not to mention the hats (my Lord the hats), there really is no shortage of content to be found.
Should these consumers be upset that new content is coming to consoles? If it’s exclusive content, then yes, perhaps they do have some reason to be upset – especially if they’ve poured a lot into that online community.
However, does wanting to make more money on a successful game make these independent developers “money grubbing whores”? From my understanding of how a business works (and the fact that we, as humans, like money), there are plenty of “money grubbing whores” out there. What is so upsetting about a game being on other platforms? Are you upset that you can play Doom on an iPad? Does it piss you off that you can purchase a Sonic The Hedgehog game on Xbox Live Arcade instead of having to drag out your Sega platform of choice?
Does this new console release indicate that Re-Logic is going to abandon the PC release of Terraria all-together? Well, it most certainly could, but the team has yet to clarify any of that officially (not since February), and I doubt they (or any developer) ever would. They’ve yet to even state that the new content is console-exclusive; it could very well make its way to PC at launch or shortly after.
However, to the credit of those upset, the owner of Re-Logic and creator of the game has stated in the past that he has “moved on’ from the game to focus on aspects of his personal life like his wife and son. So, what does this mean? Does this mean that he and his team are working on the game again, despite his past statements? If that’s truly the case (and the port isn’t being handled by a side company), then he may soon retract his idea to move on from post-launch development on the game.
When the time comes that Re-Logic officially abandons the Terraria PC community and focuses wholeheartedly on the XBLA and PSN scenes, then you, the apparently Terraria-loving consumer, have reason to be genuinely upset. Until that day, when questions are answered, do you really have no reason to be this level of upset? And by you, I mean the folks in the quotations above. However, it’s likely that you (the reader) are an informed, respectable, opinionated human being who refuses to post in caps just because you can, and would much rather place your comments ever-so-calmly in the comments below.
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And when I used the phrase “genuinely upset” above, I wasn’t referring to any of the quotations as an example. That’s not being genuine, that’s being a whiny baby.
That said, we’ll keep tabs on Re-Logic to see what they have up their sleeves for Terraria as a whole. G’day folks!