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Posts tagged “En Masse Entertainment”

It’s A Smaller World, After All: Tera Merging Servers

In the grand scheme of MMOs, Tera actually has quite a lot going for it. The combat's brisk, high-flying, and surprisingly tense, there's a fairly ambitious political machine chugging along in the background, and its selection of beaver/badger/cat/dog/catdog people is second-to-none. Unfortunately, the glue that holds it all together - a bog-standard kill/collect quest grind - isn't so hot, and unsurprisingly, players noticed. So Tera's…

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Feature: Vanarchy Reigns

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

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…

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Dying To Try: Tera Adds Week-Long Free Trial

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…

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Tearing It Up: TERA Open Beta This Weekend, Too

The teams behind TERA must be sighing at the news they're going up against the Diablo III open beta this weekend, but that's nevertheless what they're doing. If you're not bash skeletons in Blizzard's forthcoming sequel, then perhaps you might want to nose at the freshly-converted "action" MMO, TERA. Converted, that is, from its natural Korean state, where it has already been running for some…

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TERA’s High Elves Say Hi

Or perhaps "greetings" followed by a bow, a graceful flourish, and a knowing air of superiority. Something suitably elfish. I don't really know what they say, but - thanks to a new trailer - I've seen them do their pointy eared thing, and I can safely say that they are, in fact, elves. You know the drill: fleet-footed battle prancing, slow-mo flips and twists, and…

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TERA Has A “Revolutionary” Political System

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…

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En Masse Produce TERA-vision

I'm still not quite sure what to think about TERA. The promise of skill-based combat in an MMO always flickers my interest, and the world seems pretty enough, with some extraordinary characters and gigantic monsters, but it's hard to be sure about how it will really play, how long that grind will be, whether the world has some real depth behind that prettiness. The edited…

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TERA: Action In Your MMO?

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…

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TERA-forming: En Masse Entertainment

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…

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