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A game called 'Starbound' popped up on Steam and I am confused as I am waiting for Terraria 2.

I love Terraria and some various websites said that the Starbound developer team has members from the Terarria team. Also terraria 2 and starbound are both supposed to feature infinite worlds and space travel etc.

  1. Is starbound terraria 2? or are they different competitor companies / games?
  2. Is starbound game play similar to terraria?
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Terraria 2 is being planned, I understand, but not in development, I don't think. – Frank Dec 5 '13 at 19:10
I don't fully understand why people have down-voted this question. It seems perfectly legitimate to me, especially for those who may only have casual knowledge of either game. – Jonah Bishop Dec 5 '13 at 20:28
@JonahBishop there usually is never a good reason. – Paralytic Dec 6 '13 at 12:29
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Starbound is from a different developer, only @Tiyuri worked on both games. Starbound is quite similar to Terraria, but there are a few key differences such as races and the fact that the world doesn't end, it wraps around (planets are round, you can walk in one direction and end up where you started).

Starbound is not a sequel, but many people call it a spiritual successor to Terraria.

The gameplay is similar, and the key differences come from Starbound's questing, spaceships and the ability to travel between planets within the game. This is extremely useful for public multiplayer servers, who don't need to worry about players stealing from others anymore and most random people are unlikely to even see each other by chance. Other than that, most mechanics are just the same old polished up a bit with a new look.

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The only person working on Starbound from the Terraria team is Tiyuri. – VanBuzzKill Dec 5 '13 at 19:13
@Katustrawfic That's what I thought, but I couldn't find anything that would confirm my thought. – 3ventic Dec 5 '13 at 19:13
This is now making sense, thank you! I will get this game as soon as it is released (i hate playing incomplete beta games) – Quinma Dec 5 '13 at 19:17
Can you mine down with starbound and then come back out at the other side? – Lyrion Dec 6 '13 at 7:32
@3ventic Nm already awnsered :… – Lyrion Dec 6 '13 at 9:42

No, Starbound is not a sequel to Terraria.

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Two things. You answer is obviously correct but you should elaborate a bit more on why you are correct, especially in a case like this where the person asking knows the answer but doesn't know why. And you should also keep all opinions (especially ones about which game you prefer) out of your answer unless relevant to the answer (like why a build or way of doing something is better than an alternate suggestion). – Reafexus Dec 5 '13 at 19:40
please don't put Information in an answer that another answer has just put- in other words it's the same thing as copying please don't – Awesomest_Donut Jan 30 '14 at 23:15
@Awesomest_Donut Actually this was the first answer. – 3ventic Feb 17 '14 at 11:19
@3ventic it seems by a whole 4 min. – Shadow Z. Jan 26 '15 at 18:20

Starbound is an idea that may well been motivated by Terraria but was in no way meant to replace or continue Terraria.

There is definitely a plan to make Terraria 2. However, whether it is still in the planning phase or is being worked on right now I do not know.

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Both games share key similarities but Starbound has more of an emphasis on questing and NPC interaction. Terraria does to an extent but its mostly about surviving

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