Things have been looking fairly bleak for TERA
fans over the last few months. There have been reports of server merges
and general discontent among the Korean playerbase, executive switcheroos
at Bluehole Studio
, and an American launch date delay to the spring of 2012.
This year's G-Star
convention finally provided a ray of sunlight
in the form of the prestigious Presidential Award. Yes, TERA
won it, and the honor is a pretty big deal in the South Korean gaming community. The country's Ministry of Culture (a government board responsible for gaming industry regulations) chooses the nominees while a pool of journalists, industry veterans, and gamers vote on the winner.
also took home G-Star awards for best sound effects, graphics, and character design.