En Masse Entertainment and Bluehole Studios announced that their massively multiplayer online role-playing game Tera soon be switching from a monthly subscription plan to free-to-play. While the exact date for this switch from paid subscription to free has not been revealed, the companies say it will happen sometime in February.
When the game does make the change it will offer players three membership tiers: Founder, Elite and Standard. In North America, Standard will serve as your vanilla free-to-play option; Elite ($14.99 a month) will give players special bonuses like vanity items and the ability to restart dungeons in half the time; and Founder status is acquired by purchasing and redeeming a copy of the game or by being a current or former subscriber:
"If you’re a current or former TERA player, congratulations—you’re a founder! That means eight character slots, four bank tabs, a “Founder” title, the exclusive Terminus mount, and more. (New players have two character slots and can get more with elite status or as an individual purchase at the En Masse store.)"
You can get more details about all the changes to the game here. Pricing for other regions was not disclosed.
Source: IGN by way of Andrew Eisen.