A lot of people are keeping their eyes on Terraria, but a Terraria: Otherworld open source petition is focused on something else entirely — getting a canceled game released to the public for free. Best of all, Re-Logic has signaled that they may be open to doing just that.
If you don't remember Terraria: Otherworld, here's the GDC 2015 trailer from a few years back that gives you an idea of what it was all about.
The petition in question — titled "Get Relogic to Open-Source Terraria: Otherworld" — is seeking exactly what it says. Petition creator Frank Jewell wants to see this canceled game finally see the light of day and he's looking for the Internet to rally behind him.
Here's the petition's premise:
A long time ago, Relogic started work on a game called Terraria: Otherworld. Sadly, due to a number of problems during the development of the game, Relogic was forced to cancel it, after a long and troubled development cycle with numerous radio silences. However, Redigit, the president of Relogic, has stated that if he can get 100,000 signatures and 15 dollars, he will open-source the game. I will cover the 15 dollars myself, but it's up to the community to help get enough signatures. This could allow people to see what Terraria: Otherworld could have been. Once it is open-source, modders and developers can work to finish the game themselves, and perhaps people can finally get to see the dream of Terraria: Otherworld realized in a playable form.
There are tons of gaming petitions released every day and most of them fail. This one has done pretty well so far, racking up roughly 7,000 signatures. More impressively, however, is the fact that it's received an official response from the Terraria developer.
Re-Logic Responds to Terraria: Otherworld Open Source Petition
Somehow, word about this petition made its way to Re-Logic and they appear to have addressed it in a message on the game's official Discord server.
Here's what the Discord message reportedly says:
100,000 signatures and $15 and I'll open source it.
Unfortunately, we were unable to track down the specific message on Discord ourselves. We did, however, reach out to Re-Logic and they responded to our inquiry; here's what they had to say:
Spoke with Andrew on this, and all we can say right now is that we can neither confirm nor deny any possible outcome in the event that the 100,000 signatures are obtained... and of course there is always the matter of the $15.
So we shall see, I suppose.
So there you have it. If you'd like to see a Terraria: Otherworld open source release, go ahead and sign the Change.org petition and help get it up to 100,000.
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