Tera Going Free-to-Play in February

January 9, 2013 -

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.


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Re: Tera Going Free-to-Play in February

GamePolitics: "Elite ($14.99 a month) will give players special bonuses like faster cool downs on skills and powers"

IGN: "Elite will confer a number of convenience bonuses not currently available in the game (like faster cooldowns and vanity items) for $14.99"

The truth: "Dungeon Entries: Cooldown 1/2 (between entries)"

http://support.enmasse.com/tera/tera-rising-play-for-free#What_are_the_different_account_tiers?

 

Good work, GamePolitics.

 

Re: Tera Going Free-to-Play in February

So... did we get something wrong?

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Tera Going Free-to-Play in February

Yes.

Awarding paid-tier players a cooldown reduction on instance entries simply allows those people to get back into a dungeon sooner after finishing a run. Not a big deal.

Awarding paid-tier players a cooldown reduction on skills/powers on the other hand would break large parts of the game (especially parts relating to PvP).

Re: Tera Going Free-to-Play in February

Cool, thanks for the explanation.  Fixed.

 

Andrew Eisen

Re: Tera Going Free-to-Play in February

"Tera Going Free-to-Play in February"

Ooooooh I should read this.

"In North America, Standard will serve as your vanilla free-to-play option; Elite ($14.99 a month) will give players special bonuses like faster cool downs on skills and powers..."

And like that you lost me. So, pay-to-win huh? In free to play one should be able to go into a battle with the same setup as a paying member and play just as well. Having functional differences in gameplay between the free and the premium players is the wrong way to go about it. I guess I'll go back to waiting.

 
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