TERA Hit on July 2 Corsairs’ Stronghold

06/27/2013 / Comments Off

Break down the castle walls! En Masse Entertainment has announced that their action MMO TERA: Rising, will be debuting all new content in their upcoming battleground, Corsairs’ Stronghold. Staying true to TERA’s action combat roots, a massive 20-player team will be given an arsenal of weapons and war machines to attack a stronghold defended by another 20-player team. Players will utilize battle tanks, airships, cannons and siege ladders to outwit and overpower their opponents. Then, the tables will turn when teams switch roles attacking and defending the stronghold.

The Corsairs’ Stronghold adds a whole new dynamic to TERA: Rising’s award-winning action combat system, demanding new cooperative tactics on foot and in the air. With gear equalized to a level playing field, players can enter the battleground starting level 30 and will need to rely on skill and wit to ensure victory. Upon entering the Corsairs’ Stronghold, players will be put on teams tasked with defending the anchorstone from swashbuckling invaders, or drafted to the offense tasked with destroying it. The Corsairs’ Stronghold will debut as part of a new patch in TERA: Rising on July 2, and current players will have the option to download this content early. The patch also contains the framework for future content and features that will roll out later this summer including the highly anticipated Alliance system and new raid dungeons that En Masse Entertainment will speak to in the coming weeks.

Staying true to TERA’s action combat roots, a massive 20-player team will be given an arsenal of weapons and war machines to attack a stronghold defended by another 20-player team. Players will utilize battle tanks, airships, cannons and siege ladders to outwit and overpower their opponents. Then, the tables will turn when teams switch roles attacking and defending the stronghold.

With gear equalized to a level playing field, players can enter the battleground starting level 30 and will need to rely on skill and wit to ensure victory. Upon entering the Corsairs’ Stronghold, players will be put on teams tasked with defending the anchorstone from swashbuckling invaders, or drafted to the offense tasked with destroying it. The Corsairs’ Stronghold will debut as part of a new patch in TERA: Rising on July 2, and current players will have the option to download this content early. The patch also contains the framework for future content and features that will roll out later this summer including the highly anticipated Alliance system and new raid dungeons that En Masse Entertainment will speak to in the coming weeks. 

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TERA Take Part in Powerleveling Event

06/27/2013 / Comments Off

If you’re still on the fence about whether or not you’re going to be taking part in the “No Sleep ’til 60″ event, this should help you make your decision!

The big concern with a lot of players regarding this is in reference to how the rewards are going to be handled. Are they going to be bound to the account that earned them or will they be tradeable? Well, there’s some good news about this. They are tradeable! This means you can either trade them over to your main account, use them on your alternate, or even sell them if you wish.

What if I’m not a founder? Now this is where the benefit really comes in. For non-founders, the free character slot all by itself adds some value, not to mention the mount and other items.

What if I’m Elite? This is a hard one to answer. I really think Elite players are getting the short end of the stick here. You have to choose between having Elite on your main or on this alt (which is only temporary), or having it on both at the same time, meaning double the cost.

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What if I already have a level 60? This is a very valid question. Some have argued that you can just farm the gold and purchase the items from others instead of doing the event or paying cash. This is somewhat hit-and-miss. It all revolves around supply and demand, and while it may be possible, there’s also a chance that it won’t be as easy as some think. I’ll throw out my opinion and that’s that the items should be somewhat available since not everyone who does the event will be using theirs (which increases the supply).
Who benefits the most? It’s the F2P players that benefit the most from this event. A lot of people are going to have reserves about creating a new account with a character they will never play just so they can take part in the event. This leads me on to the next part.

Concluding thoughts? I like the idea behind the event: to get players to make new characters. It increases the population in areas that are not designated for end-game, allowing new people to have others to play with. On the other hand, its value is really going to be subjective. Some will find the event to be worth doing, and others are going to find that the hassle of having/juggling two accounts isn’t worth it. In case someone at EME reads this, I highly suggest that next time (or this time) you allow players to create new characters on existing accounts.

It shouldn’t require a new account. I really don’t understand the concept behind this. Were people able to create new characters on their existing accounts, I think a lot more would take part in the event. This would be a legitimate reason to level up the alts many of us have, as well as to try out new classes. And if this were allowed, it’d benefit those with Founder/Elite status as well.

Now on to you. I’d love to hear your opinions on this event. Are you going to be taking part in it? Why or why not? 

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Tera From February Free-to-Play

06/26/2013 / Comments Off

En Masse Entertainment and Bluehole Studios have announced that Tera will be going free-to-play in February.

The exact date of the change for the Korean MMO, which is currently subscription-based, has yet to be revealed, but the companies have announced the new game service will feature three membership tiers: Founder, Elite and Standard.
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In North America, Standard will be the basic free-to-play option, while Elite will confer a number of convenience bonuses not currently available in the game (like faster cooldowns and vanity items) for $14.99. Founder status is acquired by purchasing and redeeming a copy of the game and confers lifetime benefits. The European pricing has yet to be announced, but other than that the only differences are that the Founder, Elite and Standard options are called Veteran, Tera Club and Free respectively.

Some of the free-to-play limitations include character and bank slots, though more can be purchased, and various brokerage and tax fees. Happily there aren’t any race, class or content restrictions, though Elite/Tera Club players do get reduced dungeon cooldowns. For more info on exactly what each package offers check out the fairly extensive North American or European FAQs.

This makes Tera the latest in a long line of MMOs to ditch their subscription fees in favour of free-to-play options. After months of speculation, Star Wars: The Old Republic announced it was dropping its subscription cost last July with the change coming into effect in November, and reportedly boosting player numbers significantly. Funcom’s The Secret World also announced a similar change last month.

In all instances, the companies have cited a changing MMO marketplace as one of the main reasons for them ditching the fees. While World of Warcraft is probably safe for the foreseeable future given its recently revitalised subscriber base, it’ll be interesting to see how Rift fares as one of the few subscription MMOs left that doesn’t enjoy such a large playerbase, as well as what effect this has on Zenimax’s upcoming The Elder Scrolls Online.

You can get more on the changes to Tera and the reasoning behind them in the free-to-play announcement trailer below, which also features an amusingly not-so-subtle dig The Old Republic’s F2P offerings. 

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Tera Half a Million Players Going Free-to-Play

06/26/2013 / Comments Off

Fantasy MMO Tera has gained over 500,000 players since dropping its subscription fee just over a month ago, Gameforge has announced.
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This brings the grand total of players registered for the game to just over a million, and means that the company has opened six new servers since the free-to-play launch to deal with demand.

It’s interesting to speculate what this means for the MMO genre in general. Just recently we pondered over whether we should still be paying subscription fees to play MMOs; these figures are the latest to suggest that the future of the genre could indeed lie in micro-transactions rather than monthly payments.

With Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn slated to launch later this year requiring a sub fee, and The Elder Scrolls Online still remaining quiet over exactly how it’ll be monetised, time will tell whether the death knell for the old model has sounded or not.

In the meantime though, have you tried out Tera since the F2P conversion? If so, be sure to let us know your impressions in the comments below. 

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Tera Stats One-Year Anniversary Released

06/26/2013 / Comments Off

En Masse Entertainment has released an infographic celebrating the one-year anniversary of Tera. The image shows off “how many players of each class have died in PvP battle,” “how many monsters have been killed in-game,” ”percentage breakdowns of character class and sex, most deadly enemies, auction item records” and more.
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En Masse will also have events in the game throughout this month to celebrate the anniversary, “including a loading screen contest which will feature winning fan submissions as loading screens in the game, daily in-game tasks which reward players with raffle items, a new 10- and 20-person Kelsaik raid and in-game mystery boxes filled with rare and valuable prizes.”

Tera has more than 1.5 million registered users according to En Masse (half a million of which were picked up after its transition to free-to-play), and is “dedicated to keeping the game updated with fresh content and features.” Upcoming content includes “an expansive 20v20 battleground that asks players to defend and control strongholds with the aid of tanks, cannons and airships, and the introduction of the innovative, player-driven alliance system,” due to arrive this summer. 

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Happy Cloud Appointed to Enable On Demand Access leveling for TERA

06/25/2013 / Comments Off

Happy Cloud, Inc., the leading provider of cloud-based on demand gaming, just announced that it has been selected to partner with En Masse Entertainment to enable on demand access for TERA: Rising, its premier subscription-free action-oriented MMORPG.  Happy Cloud’s innovative “data streaming” technology now allows gamers to jump into TERA’s immersive world with no need to sit through a download and installation process.
“Happy Cloud helps publishers and gamers by breaking down barriers to getting in-game,” said Eric Gastfriend, VP and GM of Happy Cloud.  “A 22 GB download and installation can take days.  We’ve cut the initial download by over 90% and eliminated the installation process entirely, all without making any changes to the game’s source code.”
Happy Cloud’s patent-pending data streaming technology works by delivering the game’s content files—images, video, sound, and game logic—to the end user’s computer as they play, in the order they are needed.  Gamers no longer need to sit through many hours of waiting to download the 22 GB necessary to install TERA: Rising.  Happy Cloud data streaming eliminates over 90% of the initial download and the entire installation process, enabling a seamless on demand user experience.


“Improving our user onboarding process for TERA: Rising is a priority for us, and using Happy Cloud’s system is an easy way for us to get more players into TERA’s immersive, 3D world,” said Soo Min Park, COO at En Masse Entertainment. “Taking a graphically rich, fast-paced game such as TERA: Rising, which contains hundreds of hours of gameplay, and delivering the bytes in the order they’re needed is no small task, but we’re confident this will provide an even better experience for our fast growing legion of fans.”

Happy Cloud’s patent-pending data streaming technology works by delivering the game’s content files—images, video, sound, and game logic—to the end user’s computer as they play, in the order they are needed.  Gamers no longer need to sit through many hours of waiting to download the 22 GB necessary to install TERA: Rising.  Happy Cloud data streaming eliminates over 90% of the initial download and the entire installation process, enabling a seamless on demand user experience.

TERA: Rising is the subscription-free version of En Masse Entertainment’s inaugural title. The game made the transition from subscription-only in early 2013, and since then has seen tremendous growth, more than doubling its registered player accounts, which has fueled heightened player activity. With demand on the rise, the integration of Happy Cloud will allow gamers improved ease of access to the world of TERA.

Happy Cloud data streaming technology is wrapped around the compiled game executable by the Happy Cloud team with little to no effort or code changes required from the game developers.  It includes full support for frequent patches and updates.  Happy Cloud uses intelligent branching and caching algorithms to deliver the game content from the cloud as it is played.  Eventually, the user is left with a full installation of the game on their computer, and has the exact same gameplay experience as through a traditional download.

“Happy Cloud helps publishers and gamers by breaking down barriers to getting in-game,” said Eric Gastfriend, VP and GM of Happy Cloud.  “A 22 GB download and installation can take days.  We’ve cut the initial download by over 90% and eliminated the installation process entirely, all without making any changes to the game’s source code.”

The Happy Cloud on demand experience is now publicly available for new users to try out after completing the registration process at tera.enmasse.com.

 

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TERA leveling Warrior Guide DPS

06/25/2013 / Comments Off

This is a TERA Warrior DPS guide many people have been asking for. In this guide, I will help you maximize your DPS {as much as possible | as far

as possible} as a TERA Warrior by suggesting glyph builds, gear, what crystals to use, and giving tips and tricks.
This guide will include both PvP and PvE aspects.

I was previously in TR with the name Renai and planned on making this warrior an alt to play when bored but it turns out that it became my main and

I abandoned my lancer because of how fun the warrior gameplay w. 

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