TERA Goes Free To Play

| 9 Jan 2013 15:45

Bluehole Studio promises there'll be no level cap or content restrictions for the free version of TERA.

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In a move that probably isn't going to surprise too many people, TERA, the Korean fantasy MMO developed by Bluehole Studio, has become the latest in a series of titles to offer an alternative free-to-play mode alongside its regular paid subscriptions.

Starting in February, TERA players will be able to switch their account over to a free-to-play version of the game called TERA: Rising. The free version won't have any content restrictions or a level cap, and will feature a new in-game store with character customization options and in-game consumables. Players who decide to stick with a paid subscription can look forward to extra dungeon rewards, bonus quests, store discounts and multiple other extras for $14.99 USD per month. More details can be found at TERA's website.

TERA originally launched in South Korea way back in January of 2011, but made its way to Europe and North America in May of 2012 through a publishing deal with En Masse Entertainment and Game Forge. The game itself received decent reviews, and our own John Funk described the game as "a breath of fresh air" for the MMO genre despite having some issues with repetitive quests.

Source: Gamasutra

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KingsGambit:
Is this the game which everyone said was just female-elf porn?

To be fair, the High Elf males are pretty porn-tastic as well.
Every race females are pretty damn sexualized though so it is very biased anyway.

Is this the game which everyone said was just female-elf porn?

I'm pretty interested in this, might give it a shot now that it's F2P. I like the idea of the more action based combat, and some of the environments look really nice.

xefaros:
Gameforge??? Not touching it with a 10 foot pole
Wasnt that the game with the stolen code or it was just a rumor?

They did take assets from what would of been Lineage 3 and left NCSoft to form Bluehole. There was a court case and a settlement was paid.

I really wanted to play this when it came out but I knew Guild Wars 2 would be superior, glad I finally can give it a shot and with no restrictions none the less. Unlike those pricks at Bioware.....

Gameforge??? Not touching it with a 10 foot pole
Wasnt that the game with the stolen code or it was just a rumor?

VanQQisH:

AldUK:

RanceJustice:
A large and beautiful post.

I agree with this guy 100%. Couldn't of said it better myself.

I first heard about TERA years before its release, before the Elin were announced. (That part is key.) I was very excited about it and was active on their forums for a long time, then the Popori were announced and I was a little skeptical but I could live with it. Soon afterwards they modified the Popori race so that the males and females were separate and the Elin were created.

Everybody knew TERA's mature style, it's skimpy outfits and suggestive animations. I had nothing against those, I wouldn't of been there on the forums every other day if I did. But creating a child-like race of girls in that environment? It stank and I and many others raised objections. We were justified by the, frankly, creepy undertones of those that posted their devotion and love to the race.

There was a massive forum war over it for months with thousands of posts on both sides, the mods basically started handing out bans left and right, too liberally in one's case, she lost her job over it. But nothing would ever be changed, since it was Bluehole and not En Masse that made the decisions in the end.

For me, it was the final straw when my favourite community manager ever who was with EM since the start, left with 6 months to go until the game launched. It just felt like a sign that my suspicions of everything going downhill were true.

I skipped it and haven't played a minute of that game to this day. I got Star Wars instead. It's debatable if that was a good choice, but at least I could play it without feeling like a sex offender.

What the hell are you talking about? The Elin were always a part of the game. En Masse never modified the Popori and Elin into two seperate races. En Masse simply published the game in the west with a few experience tweaks. If you were on that website for years and never thought to even take a peak at the always f2p Korean version then it's your own fault. Hell, look at any pre-release Korean trailer for the game and there are generally Elin all over the place.

In 2007 when En Masse first put up its website, there was only 4 races announced, Human, Elf, Castanic and Aman. Baraka came after a few months, then Popori later. At first there were male and female Popori, but Bluehole didn't believe that female Popori had enough appeal and so created the Elin.

That is 'what the hell I am talking about.'

cool, now i can actually sink so time into the game and really give it a worth while try

Actually thought about trying this game the other day, and now this happened.

WMDogma:
The free version won't have any content restrictions or a level cap, and will feature a new in-game store with character customization options and in-game consumables.

And that's usually where the catch is. You can do SO MUCH with the consumables alone. Like, massively nerf everyone's damage and offer consumables that restore it back to normal for a limited time. The same can be done with experience gain (and I bet my left ear that they are going to do exactly that) along with other in-game resources. You can also, say, cut something that strictly speaking isn't "content" and sell it back to the players. No, not it a crude and stupid way like EA did with TOR. This kind of stuff only works if it's subtle and doesn't really seem necessary at first glance or isn't really necessary for a casual player's point of view. Like, limiting the player's inventory or storage space, while leaving it large enough to seem fair and offering expansions for a small fee.
Basically, what I'm saying is that "no restictions on content and level cap" does not equal "is going to be fun to play without paying a dime". And before someone says, I do realise that nothing in this world is free, I just prefer to be asked to pay upfront, rather than milked with microtransactions.
...Says a man that spent $50 on Planetside 2, the big fat hypocrite that he is.

Anyway, the reason I never tried TERA is its' uneppealing (to me, at least) character design. I mean, I looked at screenshots and concept art and other things back when it was still new and saw skimpily dressed female elves with horns or whatever. Now, I prefer melee to magic or ranged combat in MMOs, and I also prefer female characters to male ones. Oh, and I also have some sort of heavy armor fetish. I really like to see women wearing heavy, functional plate armor. TERA's skimpy outfits just aren;t to my taste.

So yeah, I want to ask just one question: does at least some armor really look like armor when it's worn by female characters in this game? If yes, I might actually give it a shot. I heard the combat here is pretty good.

EA should be taking notes, this is how you do f2p. They aren't taking much away from the game for f2p users, and they are adding more through micro transactions. No 'pay $5 for simple interface options'. You seriously have to pay $5 in that game to unlock the ability to hide or show your helm and then another 10 if you actually want quest rewards.

Hell, it's about time.

I've been waiting forever for this. The sexy female characters will be mine! I'll even go as far as to make an Elin character, mainly because they offend a lot of you guys and I have a soft spot for any kind of media that others want to see banned, although it will be disappointing, playing with those censored shorts.

Yes, I find the Elin race's ample ass proportions slightly arousing. And no, I do not find real children arousing in the slightest. Almost like there was never any connection. (Because there wasn't.) Haters gonna hate.

AldUK:

RanceJustice:
A large and beautiful post.

I agree with this guy 100%. Couldn't of said it better myself.

I first heard about TERA years before its release, before the Elin were announced. (That part is key.) I was very excited about it and was active on their forums for a long time, then the Popori were announced and I was a little skeptical but I could live with it. Soon afterwards they modified the Popori race so that the males and females were separate and the Elin were created.

Everybody knew TERA's mature style, it's skimpy outfits and suggestive animations. I had nothing against those, I wouldn't of been there on the forums every other day if I did. But creating a child-like race of girls in that environment? It stank and I and many others raised objections. We were justified by the, frankly, creepy undertones of those that posted their devotion and love to the race.

There was a massive forum war over it for months with thousands of posts on both sides, the mods basically started handing out bans left and right, too liberally in one's case, she lost her job over it. But nothing would ever be changed, since it was Bluehole and not En Masse that made the decisions in the end.

For me, it was the final straw when my favourite community manager ever who was with EM since the start, left with 6 months to go until the game launched. It just felt like a sign that my suspicions of everything going downhill were true.

I skipped it and haven't played a minute of that game to this day. I got Star Wars instead. It's debatable if that was a good choice, but at least I could play it without feeling like a sex offender.

What the hell are you talking about? The Elin were always a part of the game. En Masse never modified the Popori and Elin into two seperate races. En Masse simply published the game in the west with a few experience tweaks. If you were on that website for years and never thought to even take a peak at the always f2p Korean version then it's your own fault. Hell, look at any pre-release Korean trailer for the game and there are generally Elin all over the place.

I played it for a month like alot of people and still have it on my hard drive, so going back to to tera for a bit sounds like a good idea.

I was just saying yesterday free to play would be great for this game then the announcement hit today, I've just bought the game (For veteran status) so these guys have made money out of this decision already.

I do like the game, I tried it once before during one of the betas and enjoyed it but the sub fee prevented me from buying the game since the quality of Guild Wars 2 made paying for any other game feel like a waste of my money.

Another one bites the dust eh?

On a more serious note, I may have to take a look at it now, I've heard good things about the combat.

RanceJustice:
A large and beautiful post.

I agree with this guy 100%. Couldn't of said it better myself.

I first heard about TERA years before its release, before the Elin were announced. (That part is key.) I was very excited about it and was active on their forums for a long time, then the Popori were announced and I was a little skeptical but I could live with it. Soon afterwards they modified the Popori race so that the males and females were separate and the Elin were created.

Everybody knew TERA's mature style, it's skimpy outfits and suggestive animations. I had nothing against those, I wouldn't of been there on the forums every other day if I did. But creating a child-like race of girls in that environment? It stank and I and many others raised objections. We were justified by the, frankly, creepy undertones of those that posted their devotion and love to the race.

There was a massive forum war over it for months with thousands of posts on both sides, the mods basically started handing out bans left and right, too liberally in one's case, she lost her job over it. But nothing would ever be changed, since it was Bluehole and not En Masse that made the decisions in the end.

For me, it was the final straw when my favourite community manager ever who was with EM since the start, left with 6 months to go until the game launched. It just felt like a sign that my suspicions of everything going downhill were true.

I skipped it and haven't played a minute of that game to this day. I got Star Wars instead. It's debatable if that was a good choice, but at least I could play it without feeling like a sex offender.

I'm actually happy to see this, as I played TERA when it first came out and thought it was fun even if it was a bit grindy, but not good enough to pay monthly for. That said I hope this isn't just a last attempt to get enough people to keep the game running and prevent a shutdown. Also contrary to what some people say, I am of the opinion that B2P/F2P does not equal bad, in fact the only MMOs I have ever enjoyed have fallen into one of those categories.

Not entirely surprising really.

I think this is good though. I despise the subscription model, and hope it dies in the flaming pits of hell.

felbot:
funny, i was in a tera thread once on /vg/, everyone was talking about how greedy this games cash shop was, that or the fact that you needed to pay monthly and then pay the cash shop for stuff.

The cash shop really was pretty exploitative. Hopefully they'll reconsider their costs.

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