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TERA's level cap to hit 65, new continent on its way

Fantasy, Patches, TERA

Bluehole Studio and En Masse Entertainment have announced today that their fantasy MMO TERA will be receiving a level cap increase and expand into a new continent later this year.

The level cap will increase to 65, adding new skills and glyphs in the process. Along with this will come the Northern Arun continent and the world's fourth largest city, new instance dungeons, quest guide, enchanting system improvements, and more. Mention of a special competition for seasonal guild housing is also in the notes, and players are speculating in the forum thread about what this might mean.

While Korea will get this new content in late July, En Masse says that the goal is to make it available for North American players by the end of the year.

[Thanks to Leiloni for the tip!]

TERA's Patch 27.02 hits North American servers

Fantasy, Patches, TERA, Dungeons

TERA's Wounded World patch (Patch 27.02) has finally hit the North American servers after teasing us on the Korean servers for a time, and with it, we see some long-awaited additions to the game including new dungeons, a new boss gauge system, new gear, new master crafting rank, and more.

Ghillieglade, Lakan's Prison, Abscess (normal and hard mode), and Rift's Edge (normal and hard mode) are the newest dungeon additions to the fantasy MMO while the dungeon bosses have been tweaked to allow more comprehensive information on which boss you're attacking and how close it is to kicking the bucket.

Check out the complete patch notes at the official site for more information.

[Thanks to Leiloni for the tip!]

Bluehole's not developing a TERA sequel after all

Fantasy, MMO Industry, News Items, Free-to-Play, TERA

Korean MMO maker Bluehole Studio officially shot down long-circulating rumors about an in-development TERA sequel this week. While the firm is working on two new games -- currently codenamed Project W and Project EXA -- they "will only be similar to TERA in terms of western fantasy design," according to MMO Culture.

The studio is also developing a mobile TERA spin-off tentatively titled Elin Expedition which features turn-based combat and additional Arborean lore and backstory.

TERA: Rising previews Wounded World update, Rift's Edge encounters

Fantasy, Galleries, Screenshots, Trailers, Video, Game Mechanics, Patches, Previews, News Items, PvE, Free-to-Play, TERA, Dungeons

En Masse Entertainment is gearing up for its next TERA: Rising update in the west, which we now know is called Wounded World. The studio told Massively this week that the update is loaded with fresh content, including a three-man scenario in Lakan's Prison, a solo rescue mission in the primal forest of Ghillieglade, a seven-man foray into the Abscess instance, and a 10-person Big Boss BAM Slam in Rift's Edge, complete with new gear and bosses and rewards.

We've got an exclusive video and screenshots of some of the new bosses and encounters coming in the update. Enjoy them below.

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TERA's Chinese publisher has a deal for VR headsets

Fantasy, Culture, MMO Industry, News Items, Free-to-Play, TERA

Now you'll be able to see the subtle curves of every inch of her carapace.  (It is assumed the monster is female.)
Good news for the VR enthusiasts today, or at least the VR enthusiasts who live in China and have a deep-seated desire to hack at some monsters in TERA. The game's Chinese publisher, Kunlun, revealed an agreement being made between the company and Sony to bring the game to the latter's virtual reality headset. The idea is that the headset will allow players to step into the game with what amounts to a full IMAX experience, only with significantly more giant monsters.

Nothing has been said on whether or not this option will be available for players in North America. The Chinese version of the game is planning on its first large-scale open test in August, and there will be unique content for the region, but hopefully that won't include the ability to play the game with a headset strapped over your eyes.

One Shots: Mount up!

Screenshots, EverQuest II, Lord of the Rings Online, Culture, One Shots, RIFT, TERA, Miscellaneous

Whether it's a real-world or fantasy version, we apparently can't resist showing off a sweet, sweet ride. This week's edition of One Shots is dedicated to all of your spiffy-looking mounts and the paint jobs that you had done to them while they were asleep.

The first one comes from The Lurker, who might become one with his horse in EverQuest II: "Arriving at the magical teleportation spires in the Commonlands. Stepping into the magical wortex will dissolve even a Deathknight and restructure him in a distant land. Is it really safe? If I ride into it on my horse, will we arrive as a centaur? And must I then join the Centaur Herds in the Thundering Steppes? Is that how they came to be?"

Get the picture in full Technicolor as well as several additional ones -- at no extra charge! -- all after the break.

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Here's some odd art from Bluehole's TERA sequel

Fantasy, MMO Industry, New Titles, News Items, TERA

TERA sequel
The TERA sequel is still a thing, as Bluehole Studio served up the game's first publicly revealed artwork at the Nexon Developers Conference 2014. MMO Culture has the image, and is that the white hand of Saruman on that dude's trenchcoat?

TERA's remodeling system removal causing player unrest

Fantasy, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, News Items, Free-to-Play, TERA

TERA armor
Avatar customization is a big deal in MMOs, especially ones as gorgeous as TERA. It's such a big deal, in fact, that changes to TERA's system brought on by the recent Reaper patch have resulted in a titanic forum protest thread that's well over 30 pages long as of this writing.

In a nutshell, TERA's dearly departed remodeling system allowed players to alter the look of individual gear pieces. It was similar to World of Warcraft's transmogrification mechanics, but it has now been replaced by a system that necessitates grinding for tickets that may be exchanged for whole armor sets.

[Thanks everyone who tipped us!]

TERA brings out the Reaper

Fantasy, Classes, Patches, Free-to-Play, TERA, Crafting

Today's patch for TERA is bringing a brand-new class in a pint-sized package: the Reaper.

Patch 26.04's star attraction is the new Reaper class, which only becomes available once a player hits level 40 with at least one character (And yes, there's an achievement to be the very first Reaper on any given server. Make us proud, Massively readers!). The Reaper is a leather-wearing, Elin-exclusive class that does mid-range damage with a scythe. It utilizes chains and combos extensively to do its DPS work.

The patch also contains the new Reaper starting area of Ashen Hope, a big revamp to the crafting system, a production system, and an update to glyphs and the skills UI. It's a two gig patch, so you'll want to familiarize yourself with all of the ins and outs of the patch notes before you log in.

TERA's Reaper class heads to NA servers on May 13th [Updated]

Fantasy, Video, Classes, Game Mechanics, Patches, News Items, Free-to-Play, TERA

The official Facebook page for TERA has posted an official North American release date for the Reaper class, already live in Japan and Korea, and that date is May 13th.

According to fansite TeraToday, the Reaper is a free class available to players who already have a character over level 40; they're shadowy fighters who excel in close- and mid-range combat.

We've included the Reaper trailer below. Pew pew slash slash and all that.

[Update: The studio has just posted an official website for the new class.]

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TERA's having a birthday party and you're invited

Fantasy, Trailers, Video, Events (In-Game), News Items, Free-to-Play, TERA, Anniversaries

TERA celebrates its second birthday this weekend, and for reasons that make sense only to MMORPGs and hobbits, that means it's giving its players a bunch of presents.

En Masse will be handing out 20 prizes per server per day from today to May 1st, with a special jackpot chance for those who play over the weekend. The prizes include party packs, special mounts, skins, and the all-important 2013 swimsuit bundle. Everyone who logs in will be showered in daily federation bills, and this Saturday the team plans to bring in "special guests" who come bearing -- you guessed it -- more loot.

The studio produced a trailer to punch up the festivities and demonstrate just how far the game has come since launch; we've included it below. Happy birthday, TERA!

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TERA's federation bills let you buy discontinued cash shop items

Fantasy, Business Models, Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, News Items, Free-to-Play, TERA

This character will relieve you of your TERA federation bills
En Masse has added a new wrinkle to its TERA cash shop. The next time you log into the free-to-play fantasy brawler, you'll receive a pack of five federation bills for your trouble. You'll get five more on each subsequent login "for a limited time," and En Masse will be "introducing more and more ways to get them" in the future.

The bills aren't tradeable, but you can share them across all the characters on your account. They're used at exclusive merchants in towns spread throughout Arborea to purchase "some of those rare items no longer available anywhere else" as well as "plenty of other goodies and treats."

[Thanks Dengar!]

32-team TERA PvP tourney starts Saturday, March 9

Fantasy, Events (In-Game), Game Mechanics, MMO Industry, PvP, News Items, Free-to-Play, TERA

TERA 3v3 event banner
TERA fans, you've now got some weekend plans -- assuming you didn't already have weekend plans, of course. En Masse is hosting a three-vs.-three PvP tournament in Champions' Skyring starting on Saturday, March 9th. This will be a single-elimination event composed of 32 teams, with 3,000 En Masse cash shop points going to the winners alongside a premium ninja costume bundle.

The second place team gets the costume bundle and a thousand EMP, while third and fourth place finishers will take home the costumes. All participants will receive an afro head slot accessory. If you're not much for PvPing, you can view the shenanigans via En Masse's Twitch channel.

The event runs from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST on Saturday and 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. EDT on Sunday. Click past the cut for the full press release.

[Source: En Masse press release]

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The Stream Team: Hunting BAMs in TERA

Fantasy, Video, PvE, Free-to-Play, Massively Meta, Hands-On, TERA, Livestream, The Stream Team, MMORPG

One of the most notable and fun features of En Masse's TERA is the hunting down and slaying of BAMs, or "big-ass monsters." BAMs give TERA a sense of scale and drama that is difficult to find in other MMOs, and fans of TERA will be quick to tell you that you haven't really experienced the game unless you've downed a BAM for yourself. In tonight's stream, Massively's Mike Foster is on the prowl for these compelling and engaging foes. His goal? Why, to smack them in the face, of course.

The hunt starts at 8:30 p.m. EST.

Game: TERA
Host: Mike Foster
Date: Friday, January 31st, 2014
Time: 8:30 p.m. EST.

Enjoy our Steam Team video below.

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The Soapbox: Stop ganking, you ganking gankers

World of Warcraft, Fantasy, Aion, PvP, Opinion, Free-to-Play, TERA, The Soapbox, Miscellaneous, Subscription, MMORPG, Buy-to-Play

Lineage II
For me, player vs. player interaction is a necessary component of any online game. The urge to engage with skilled human opponents is the reason I spent countless hours defending flags in World of Warcraft and likely the main motivating factor in my slide away from traditional MMOs and toward MOBAs like Dota 2 and Blizzard Entertainment's upcoming Heroes of the Storm. Simply put, I like a good fight.

I especially like a good fight when it occurs unscripted and out in the wilds of the world. If you catch me unaware while I'm grinding out one of TERA's BAMs or plucking gold from an ore vein in Aion, I'll be more than happy to cross swords (or trade frostbolts) with you. Winning or losing isn't important to me; the constant threat of attack heightens my enjoyment of and connection to the game's universe.

Unfortunately, open world PvP doesn't attract exclusively those people interested in fair fights. And in the games that make it possible, a certain small segment of players is working hard to ruin everyone else's good time. I speak, of course, of gankers.

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