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Posted: Jan 4th 2011 3:33PM Alex Oglitchkin said

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I believe these rumors to be true. When it comes to Asian type game companies they take care of their own first before the US/EU get to have their shot. So by thinking TERA will come out 3rd or 4th quarter isn't unreasonable at all.

Posted: Jan 4th 2011 4:51PM KymikoLoco said

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@Alex Oglitchkin
They 'take care of their own' not because they have a deep seated hatred of US/EU, but instead because localization has to take place. It takes a good long while, especially for an MMO, they have to translate literally EVERYTHING that is text in the game, and most words and phrases in one language don't translate properly into another. There is always a required context that goes along with any amount of text in a game. It was far more prevalent in older games, 'All your base are belong to us,' comes to mind. The original Final Fantasy Tactics made far less sense with its story when compared with the PSP version. The newer version conveys a better, more appropriate atmosphere than the original. The original is a westernization of a medieval time, the newer is setting-appropriate. All thanks to better localization.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Language_localization

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Posted: Jan 4th 2011 6:13PM Alex Oglitchkin said

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@KymikoLoco I didn't mean it by hatred at all. I have played many Korean games. Aion and the old old game of Ragnarok Online. I know about the length it takes to translate stuff also. All I was saying was they are making sure their game releases smoothly in their country before they might have to worry about possibly sending a fix to another version's game. It would seem kind of weird if you think about it making a game in America and then releasing it for Japan first. That is all i was getting at.
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Posted: Jan 4th 2011 4:40PM bobfish said

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Blue Hole Studio have absolute control over TERA in all territories, if they say second half 2011, then it is definitely second half 2011.

Though that just gives me time to enjoy Rift until it comes out.

Posted: Jan 4th 2011 7:08PM Somnicide said

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@bobfish This is untrue. When it comes to testing schedules AND release, En Masse has final say. They're the publisher. They publish the game. BHS is just the Dev team.

That said, EME stated they'll be addressing the rumors very soon.
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Posted: Jan 5th 2011 1:48PM bobfish said

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@Somnicide

If EME say anything different I'll retrack my statement, but I've worked with Korean developers before and I've yet to meet one that doesn't maintain strict control over their own games.
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Posted: Jan 4th 2011 4:48PM Dukeun said

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If I had to guess, for any reason, what would hold the western launch of the game is Frogster. Translating what En Masse is sending them is what is going to take some time.

Posted: Jan 4th 2011 6:41PM bobfish said

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@Dukeun

The issue is, no matter who translate it, it still requires the original developers to input the translations into the game code and fix any problems that arise.

BHS has clearly decided their time is better spent finishing the game and launching it in Korea and Japan to make back some money (it has over run already), than to try and get the NA/EU version out sooner but delaying the ones they operate directly themselves.
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Posted: Jan 4th 2011 7:58PM paterah said

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@bobfish You have no idea bro, just cut it. BHS are the developers and publishers in the east, En Masse are also the publishers and developers of the game in the west. They have even helped BHS with things like lore and also have given them full controller support for their game. They have bought the game and therefore, are allowed to do whatever they want with it. They do not hang from BHS' decisions or anything like that. En Masse is doing their own share of development ever since they got the project in their hands and is going to give their own patches/content and hence BHS has nothing to do with launching Tera in the west, not even in the slightest. This is not Ncwest/NCsoft releation. En Masse and BHS are two full fledged companies and other than helping each other improve on the game they have nothing to do with the game's operation on the other territory, neither is En Masse "waiting" for game development from BHS or visa versa.
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Posted: Jan 4th 2011 8:29PM Somnicide said

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@paterah While this MOSTLY true, a slight correction...

BHS is the dev team. Thats it. Hangame is the Eastern Publisher, En Masse (+Frogster) is the Western Publisher. En Masse, though, has liberty to change whats necessary for the game in the west.

Its an interesting relationship. One that hasnt quite been done before.
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Posted: Jan 5th 2011 1:49PM bobfish said

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@paterah

Having worked with Korean developers before and many other MMO developers, I asure you that the DEVELOPER is the only one allowed near the game code. Even if TERA is changed in some way for the western market, these changes are still done by the DEVELOPER.

It is like Blizzard letting someone else mess with the code for World of Warcraft, stuff like that just doesn't happen.
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Posted: Jan 4th 2011 5:34PM Valentina said

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Kymiko he never said it had anything to do with hatred, it's just how they always have done things. They normally release their games over there almost a year before they come out over here. And yes I agree language localization is part of what takes so long.

In a way this could be a good thing, because TERA really needs to be more than ready for a launch here, after people were burned so bad by Aion. I think that NCwest's failure to communicate with their player community, and their obvious disconnection with NCsoft's east branch fueled the fire so to speak. It's going to be tough for them to really burst that bubble unless they have a product that is extremely well done and fine tuned to appeal to this audience, and can maintain a very good line of communication with their players.

Posted: Jan 4th 2011 6:19PM Russell Clarke said

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Is that a badger? Looks like a badger. A frowning badger, at that.

I miss badgers.

Posted: Jan 4th 2011 6:23PM Russell Clarke said

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Oh I see, it's a Popori. I thought that was like Napoleonic air freshener.

I suppose you could use a badger to freshen the air too, especially in Napoleonic times.
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Posted: Jan 4th 2011 7:51PM Pook said

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There was some interview just a few weeks ago about CBT for EU (possible NA too) starting this month (or last year, december). Guess Ill just have to wait... :|
*logs off and starts creating fanart*

Posted: Jan 4th 2011 8:35PM Pagan said

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I've been burned by too many asian developed MMOs to consider getting excited about TERA. With RIFT and SWTOR coming out in the next 6 months it's probably a good idea for TERA to stagger their launch anyway.

Posted: Jan 5th 2011 8:46AM XeroForever said

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I figured it would come out during the fall, haha time to go laugh at people that told me otherwise! (Even though we haven't had an official response from EME yet.)

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