If you're a big Terraria fan patiently waiting for the latest spin-off title to release, you may want to sit down for this one. Terraria: Otherworld, originally announced back in February 2015, has officially been canceled. This may not come as a shock to the project's followers, especially after developer Re-Logic booted Dutch developer Engine Software and decided to go with studio Pipeworks instead, but it's still an unfortunate turn of events for the popular sandbox and survival game.
Terraria: Otherworld was supposed to act as a full-fledged expansion released as its own game, giving players the hefty task of purifying the "Corruption" from the world by activating special towers that would nullify the blight and keep it from spreading any further. It was to be a more strategic-focused affair with RPG elements such as skill trees and new tower defense mechanics.
Unfortunately, development woes plagued the title, with Re-Logic having suggested that even swapping studios didn't really alleviate the issue. In an official post on the Terraria forums, Re-Logic stated that the team had a "clear vision" of the game, but that inspire of all the team's efforts, the game's current states "remains equal parts far from that vision and beyond behind schedule."
"Progress has absolutely been made during that time - but unfortunately, a very thorough status review of the game versus its intended design showed both the Re-Logic and 505/Pipeworks teams that things were quite a bit further away from the finish line than we had imagined," continued the post. Finally, the bomb was dropped. "As a result, we have made the decision to terminate development of Terraria: Otherworld."
Fortunately, Terraria's base game is still being worked on, with updates for PC coming in the near future and mobile and Switch versions receiving updates as the year wears on as well. If a new Terraria title was on your list of most-anticipated games, however, you'll have to go ahead and find something else to look forward to.