If there is anything games such as Minecraft or platforms such as Xbox LIVE Arcade and Steam have taught us, it's that gamers don't necessarily need amazing graphics to enjoy a game. Provide an engaging or fun gameplay experience and gamers will overlook plenty of shortcomings, including graphics. New services such as Steam Greenlight have even put indie games front-and-center, rather than dismissing them as a niche product.
Today 505 Games, the publisher of the indie success Terraria, released a preview trailer for the console version of their game. It, of course, looks the same as the PC version of the game, but the trailer does tease that extra content will be coming for console gamers.
Terraria is, as 505 Games describes it, a "block-building" action-adventure sandbox game. Players take on the side-scrolling adventure to explore huge game worlds, collect materials and loot, and craft things. The high-concept for Terraria is "2-D Minecraft," but the game has differentiated itself in both style and substance from the Mojang game.
“The block-building genre has taken the world by storm and Terraria has garnered a massive following through its increased focus on adventure and discovery.” said Tim Woodley, head of global brand for 505 Games. “We’re looking forward to bringing an already hugely successful experience to a brand new console audience and we can’t wait for the existing Terraria fan base to experience all-new content.”
Terraria will be available on Xbox LIVE Arcade and PlayStation Network starting in "early 2013."