Hello Terraria Fans! Welcome to the Starbound community! I have been here since the forum started, and also been in the IRC since the original Q&A. I've noticed many many very common questions from the Terraria community in general, so I thought I'd take a stab at answering some of those here for you. As opposed to the more general FAQ, this will seek to answer some specific things for you. If I miss anything, please ask it here, and I'll update the first post to include it. Q: Is Starbound a sequel to Terraria? A: No, Starbound is definitely not a sequel to Terraria. It will be a very unique playing experience, but one that Terraria fans should really enjoy. The similarity you might have thought you saw in the screenshots is simply that the graphics in Starbound will also be in the classic 2D, side scrolling style. Tiy, whom you all know as the lead artist on Terraria, is the lead developer on Starbound. Aside from that link however, Chucklefish is a completely different team, composed of the people you see here: http://playstarbound.com/team/. This is an ongoing source of debate in both communities, so I would like to share this with you: Straight from the horse's mouth, as it were: Q: But Starbound seems like Terraria, only in Space! A: The only true similarity is that Starbound is a 2D side-scrolling game. At first glimpse one might think Starbound is another sandbox, or a Terraria clone but in actual fact it is so much more! Starbound will actually be far more an adventure than a sandbox, and feature a deep story and countless quests, an infinite universe with randomly generated and unique worlds, items, weapons, armor, mobs, and so much more. You will be exploring, mining, crafting, questing, battling, researching, capturing and taming creatures, and many features yet to be announced! Q: Can I mine and build in Starbound like I could in Terraria? A: Absolutely! We have been informed that entire WORLDS will be able to be taken apart block by block, or even on a massive scale through a ship in orbit! It will be quite a bit more in depth than simply building a shelter, you can build towns, cities, even civilizations. In the words of the development team "there will be plenty of shiny things for you to mine." Another fantastic feature to Starbound will be the inclusion of PRE-BUILT structures, such as weather stations, that can allow you to take full control over life on your homeworld. From there, the sky is NOT the limit, you can expand to colonize as many worlds as you want! Q: Starbound killed Terraria, I HATE YOU! A: Honestly, it didn't! You as Terraria fans have it in your power to keep the game alive and well through mods and community support. Tiy had a dream, and that dream is Starbound. He wanted to pursue this dream, and here you are! Don't lose heart and let go of a game you enjoy simply because development is finished. Give Starbound a chance, and you won't be sorry! Q: What is there for Terraria fans to love about Starbound? We already HAVE Terraria! A: The simple answer is everything! You're already a fan of 2D gaming, and Starbound will take that to a whole new level. In addition to the things you grew to love about Terraria, in Starbound you will find many new and exciting ways to expand on that. In fact, we will even be able to write our own misisons and quests, customize our home worlds and other planets, run and develop our own space station, and countless other new experiences. We will still have the freedom of the sandbox genre, filled to the brim and bursting with content. We'll get to travel among the stars and meet NPC's across the galaxy that can come home with us, and provide an amazing variety of support on our space stations and homeworlds. We will be able to capture and train creatures across the galaxy, to populate our home worlds, or aid us in battle against a wide variety of mobs and baddies. This really will be an experience of its own! Q. What about combat? Will that be the same as Terraria's? A. Definitely not! The combat system for Starbound is going to be MUCH deeper. While there are not "classes" as we saw in Terraria, where by equipping a certain set of armor one took on that role, there will be tremendous variety in team roles and in the choice you make for weapons and armor. One will not simply be able to carry around several sets of armor, you will have to choose carefully. Additionally, rather than a set number of pre-determined weapons with a handful of available stats, the generation system in Starbound will feature MILLIONS of variations of countless different weapons. Shields will also play a role, and have a massive number of effects on the player and the combat depending on what you equip. No longer can you button mash your way to end-game, you have to think about the mobs you are up against, who will definitely be plenty frightening! Q. Can I create my character like I did in Terraria? A. You'd better believe it, and not only that, but with many many more options to customize, including your ethnicity! You can choose from a wide variety of hair, skin, eyes, etc. When asked how much we could customize the characters on a scale of 1 to 10, the team's response was 8. Definitely something to look forward to! Where your base character doesn't give you the look you want, you can expect plenty of vanity items and armors to find that special look! Q. I don't know, I burned through my Terraria world so fast! Will multiplayer be so easy to beat? A. Not by a long shot. While Terraria's maps gave a feel of being "used up" after one had beaten all the bosses, there will be no such worry with Starbound. Especially when playing in large groups, Terraria lacked the depth in terms of being able to entertain a large number of players at once. I'm sure I can't be the only one to become frustrated when my friends would be beating the Eater of Worlds, while I was still wearing copper. Thankfully, Starbound will have SO much more to offer. In addition to infinite planets, in an infinite universe, the progression in this game will be much slower, and require a great deal more effort. You will NOT be on a level 100 planet on your first day. Planets will be rated by difficulty, from 1 to 100, and a person with level 1 rated gear will die quickly if they exceed that level without obtaining better equipment. Q. Will we be able to "recognize" elements of Terraria in Starbound? A. You will notice only some very superficial elements that remind you of Terraria. There will not be any NPC's, mobs, or other items from Terraria found in Starbound. What you WILL see, is an original universe alive with its own variety of lifeforms, and you're not likely to see the same thing twice. Starbound is definitely going to be a treat for sheer variety, and so much to explore along the way. Like traditional point and click adventures, you can mouse over just about everything in the game, allowing you to learn important things about its use and other helpful information. You could theoretically make a Starbound career out of simply discovering plant life, or finding that next rare creature. Update: 3/12/2012: This is the first video of the game in action, featuring the amazing lighting engine. A picture is worth a thousand words, and one cannot watch this video and see anything but that the two games are a universe apart. Starbound stands alone, and now you can witness it firsthand: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=F5d-USf69SU I hope that this will answer some of your more common questions about how the two games stack up, and that by getting this information out there, everyone will see that both games stand alone for what they are. The Starbound community totally understands your loyalty to Terraria, and we hope that those who are coming to us from Terraria Online forums will enjoy your time with us and find your place here at Starbound. See you in space!