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Tera’s Political System: A Tale Of Ad Space And Exploits

By Nathan Grayson on July 19th, 2012.

Once upon a time, streamlined WoW-style questing, raiding, and PVP felt fresh and daring. However, like most things that begin with the phrase “once upon a time,” the very notion seems almost unbelievable in this day and age – more akin to a swords ‘n’ sorcery fairytale than actual historical fact. And so, many MMOs that were once treading water have recently realized that they were in quicksand all along. In many ways, Tera‘s easily as guilty as anyone else with its utterly tedious questing and tired world design, but the action-heavy MMO’s hardly resting on its laurels. Its province-running political system is an attempt to add a dash of EVE-style intrigue to the tried-and-true MMO formula, and the results thus far have ranged from brilliantly outside-the-box to well inside the range of the banhammer.

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Dying To Try: Tera Adds Week-Long Free Trial

By Nathan Grayson on June 15th, 2012.

It's also very pretty - you know, in a giant-spike-monster-with-outside-bones type of way.

As the legends tell it, once upon a time – many mist-enshrouded moons ago – MMOs demanded consistent tributes of money every month, or else they’d destroy the world. Well, their world. For you, specifically. Now, though, all but a final bastion of behemoths who practice The Old Way have moved on to F2P. One such holdout, however, is Tera, En Masse’s swords ‘n’ sorcery to-do with a focus on bopping giant monsters and actually moving during combat. Unfortunately, its quests set the MMO level treadmill at walking pace and pipe low-volume elevator music through your headphones, so its new seven-day free trial is probably a good chance to see if enjoyable combat alone can sustain your interest.

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TERA Accepting Closed Beta Applications

By Adam Smith on January 12th, 2012.

A compensatory sword

TERA is an “action MMO” with a relatively complex political system, which allows players to gain control of resources through democracy or violent monster-bashing. It’s an accepted but little spoken truth that our own Nick Clegg only elevated himself to the position he fails to enjoy today by grinding rats for hours on end. Forget all that though and ask yourself one simple question: do you want the chance to join TERA’s upcoming closed beta? Applications are now open and anyone registering before 11:30 CET, 13th January will have a chance to be one of the first 1,000 entrants. That’s 10:30 in Blightlyland by my reckoning. More passes will be given out as the beta progresses. Europeans, sign up here. Americans here. Video below.

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TERA Has A “Revolutionary” Political System

By Jim Rossignol on December 17th, 2011.

Pretty! But is he also petty?
TERA‘s action-combat and overall ludicrous prettiness has caught my attention on occasional, but the way it ties guild quests to an overall political system is really quite something, as you can see in the video below, via PCG. You can rise to power through either a popular vote of actual players, or through the PvP battlegrounds, and once you are in power you can make life easier for people (or not) via your control of various resources such as shops and teleports. To perform actions with these your guild will need to be perform particularly high-end quests, fighting monsters and so forth. It all looks rather satisfying, at least within the constraints of traditional MMO systems. (Eve Online it ain’t.)
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TERA Still Coming Out, Apparently

By Jim Rossignol on October 18th, 2011.

Is it really better to fight a couple of big dudes, or a lot of smaller dudes?
A couple of days ago a friend asked me “what ever happened to that TERA game? It looked pretty.” It certainly did look pretty, and I can see why he lost track of it, because I had too. It wasn’t actually the prettiness that they were touting way back when we first looked at it in February last year, but more the “action combat”. There’s a bit of that illustrated in the second trailer, below, but I’m still not enormously convinced it’s a world away from other MMOs, and this blighter is going to be up against Guild Wars 2, which I don’t envy for it.

Anyway, it is still coming out, in Spring 2012.
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TERA: Action In Your MMO?

By Jim Rossignol on April 16th, 2010.


I was just reading some stuff about forthcoming MMO Tera, and I had assumed we’d posted Brian Cox doing a walkthrough of the game at GDC, but I can’t find it. Must have been imagining things. Anyway, it’s a useful follow up to the interview we did when the project was announced, and you can see what they mean about “action” stuff being included, even if the game does look very much like a whole bunch of traditional MMOs. Also: it’s really rather pretty. That seems to be a theme. Where are the ugly, half-breed mongrel games, eh?
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TERA-forming: En Masse Entertainment

By Kieron Gillen on February 24th, 2010.

News of MMO-malarkies breaks. A subsidiary of Bluehole Studio, En Masse Entertainment has been formed. Their aim is basically to select MMOs and make them most suitable for bringing to the western audiences. Hyper-localization! Its staff are alumnis of Blizzard Entertainment, Microsoft Corp., Electronic Arts Inc., ArenaNet and NCsoft, so they’ve certainly worked for some companies. RPS’ similar list would be “Its staff are alumni of that bar on campus, Walker’s Dad’s dentistry, some hop-farming and a big financial mag (which sacked him)”, so they certainly have us beat. Their first game will be – perhaps unsurprisingly – Bluehole’s TERA. We took the chance to talk to En Masse’ producer Brian Knox about what they’ll be up to, TERA and all things MMO…
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