The Future of Terra Nil

Hi everyone,

We've got some exciting news to share today, Terra Nil is graduating from a hobby project to a full time commercial endeavour. I've spent the last few months working out the details to have the indie studio Free Lives  (broforce, gorn) take on Terra Nil. And finally, it's all come together. 

What this means in practice is that myself (as design lead) and elyaradine (as art lead) will now be working full time on a new, paid version of the game that we hope to bring to Steam and other platforms.

The new version is going to be the same game you all know and love, just reimagined with better levels, a better metagame, a bunch of new gameplay features, new content, and a wonderful new painterly art style, inspired by the work of Studio Ghibli.

The current pixel art version will continue to remain on itch, for free, for the foreseeable future.

If you want to keep up with all this exciting news, we'd love for all of you to join the Free Lives discord - we are going to be posting WIP content and ideas, and we'd really love to get your feedback. This is a wonderful opportunity to influence the direction of the game :) if you have ideas of things you'd like to see, or just want to be the first to see new content, join up.

We are both very excited to embark on this next phase of Terra Nil's development and would love to have you all along for the ride, it's going to be fun.

Much love,

vfqd and elyaradine 

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heey, can you update the discord server link? it seems to be invalid... thanks ^^

Fixed! Sorry about that :)

thanks :3

Congratulations. I just now discovered this game and haven't even played it yet but I can tell quality work when I see & hear it, and your team deserves full recognition among commercial ranks for your hard work!! 👏

This is welcomed news. I think the updated art will be a good match to the positive, 'reclaim the wastes' vibe. Good luck!

Wow, the art looks great so far! I’m definitely looking forward to the full game :)

Amazing news! Congratulations to the both of you.

Looking forward to the full release of the game! :D

Great news! Good luck, I'll keep my fingers crossed for you!)) Looking forward to seeking what you come up with. A few days ago, I was just writing an article about Terra Nil, so I got even more personally involved :-D I like the artworks, although I have to admit, the designs don't really reflect the overall feeling of the pixelart version of T.N. I've got lots of love for Ghibli, however the designs have too much of a "permanent" feeling, I liked how all the buildings in T.N. get dismantled and recycled and the visuals left a lot of space for the player to imagine the details and technology. Whereas these, although beautiful, have more of a steampunk-ish vibe and reflect the needs of humans, which are (to a great benefit) absent from TN. Maybe work with what could be around in the desolate wasteland? Recycle sediments of plastic, work with grass, build with clay... I dunno. Like there has been a lot written about sustainable, ecological architecture)) May the Force be with you!

This is awesome. I'm gonna miss the pixel art but the new concept art looks great too. Congrats!

Yo that concept art for the new buildings looks sick! Good luck with your development endeavour :)

Rooting for you guys all the way! Not sure I totally like the new art direction, but I'm sure you guys will do great with it

Amazing! Happy to know the news

Good luck! Nice to see great news.

I'm very much looking forward to it!

Exciting times!

Good luck to you guys!

Awesome news !


Congratulations !
Teaming with the Broforce studio, that's incredible...

The sad news though, is that we probably won't have any new version before 1 or 2 years ;-)


Love the game and its concept and would definitely buy the new one. All the best!


That's exciting news, best of luck with it! Hope to see it continue Linux support, as I've loved it.


Wow, congratulations! I personally like the pixel art style, but you guys have demonstrated that you know exactly what you're doing. Good luck with the whole game! I hope it becomes everything you want it to be.