The hit indie game Terraria’s recent update added a bunch of new content to it. Playing it extensively, I got to thinking what the game would be leading up to. This post will be filled with unmarked spoilers and my own speculations, unless you have defeated the Hell boss or don’t mind spoilers I’d advise not reading on.
When you first start Terraria, you’re starting off like any action RPG sandbox game. It’s you against basic monsters like slimes and zombies. As you dig underground, that expands slowly to underground worms and skeletons, when night falls, you fight flying demonic eyes. As you acquire the right items, you fight the bosses of the game. An eye of the High Priest of the Great Old Ones, Cthulhu, a chain of eldritch abominations in the form of a giant worm, and the remains of a skeletal lich. Digging a mile down to Hell itself has you against demons and the new boss when you sacrifice the Guide to the lava via voodoo doll, the Wall of Flesh, the largest boss in the game probably as he is the height of Hell itself.
Now, the technology of Terraria ranges from standard metal and wooden equipment, even unreasonable or unrealistic metals like silver, cobalt, and gold. (In terms of the Moh scale, Silver and Gold are 2.5, while Cobalt is 5, making it only slightly stronger than iron in real life). Among these is meteorite matter, which crafts some of the best items in the Normal difficulty, here’s where I get to the point about how Terraria could be heading into space.
There are two sci-fi weapons that can be created in normal mode. The first is a Phaseblade, which is basically a lightsaber, and a space gun that consumes mana. Both of these are created using Meteorite metal, and meteors randomly drop from the sky the same day you destroy a Shadow Orb. There is no denying the sci-fi influence the game has.
Another factor, the corruption is full of eldritch abominations, as is the Wall of Flesh in Hell, and an eye explicitly referencing Cthulhu is the first boss many fight. If you are not a fan of Lovecraft’s work, many of the Great Old Ones in his works came originally from Outer Space.
Thirdly, at night once you have defeated the Wall of Flesh, small alien-esque creatures called Gastropods begin to appear. They fire lasers, but whenever they are just part of the Hallow like unicorns or actually aliens is unconfirmed.
Lastly, when you fly up to the last few hundred feet of the map, the sky darkens regardless of the time of day, and gravity sharply reduces (thankfully you don’t need to breathe). The highest points of the game commonly remains as floating islands, and the height limit has remained the same as ever.
With several updates, it has become easier, and easier to reach higher areas. Grappling hooks, to rocket boots, to wings. Any of these combined with a magic rod that creates platforms of ice makes reaching anywhere in the game world, land, sea, or air, a completely trivial matter.
I can predict with confidence that a future update to Terraria will involve going into space itself. It’s easy to imagine a boss fight against Cthulhu himself pursuing you through space as you leap across asteroids and meteors to maintain some distance. It’s also possible that fighting your way through to space can have you reach Heaven or otherwise a paradise created purely from Hallow eventually. Terraria has been about digging straight down, but soon we may be able to seize the very skies as the scope of the game begins to crawl to Tengen Toppa Gurren Lagann levels.