A TERA open Beta will be coming to PS4 and Xbox One March 9th to March 11th. TERA is a new breed of MMO, blending True Action Combat with the vast game world and deep social interactions of a role-playing game.
What’s All the Hub Bub about TERA?
As a lover of MMO’s, this game makes the inside of my head scream with excitement, and maybe a little on the outside too. TERA was originally introduced by Bluehole Studio in January 2011 in South Korea by publishers NHN Corporation and NHN Japan Corporation on the PC. Quickly followed by a North American version by En Masse Entertainment in May of 2012. Now, 6 years later, after a load of updates, name changes, and many, many closed and open beta testings. Sony and Xbox have welcomed and celebrated TERA as a new breed of MMO, blending True Action Combat with the vast game world and deep social interactions of a role-playing game. Our very own even had a chance to play it back at PAX East, check it our here.
What’s So Great About Another MMORPG? Really? Let’s just take a look for all those MMORPG lovers out there.
For all the character creator fans out there, like myself, Bluehole Studio has promised to keep their character creation as it has been for past TERA versions. Promising to have “innumerable facial and hair styles” to keep you busy into the wee hours working on your character alone. They have stated that they “[understand] that every hero requires a distinctive look, so players can choose between seven distinct races and ten character classes.” I know I will be taking at least an hour to go through all the stupid styles and different classes before I even get to experience the game!
For fans of games like Monster Hunter: World, and games like it it’s great to see that TERA will also have a bit of the same elements. The developers have stated that the game will have “Epic Encounters” where you can “team up with your friend to take down Big-Ass Monsters…” Now you can team up with your friends and scream over a new game and new enemies!
And on top of all of this, it will have the same feeling of a joined community where you can still be in a guild and make friends. The wonders of the internet let you make friends you will, most likely, never meet in person. Or you can stay a lone wolf if you prefer that life. The game has endless capabilities, and caters to all play styles.
And with all of the awesome features it seems to boast it is nicely pulled together with the fact that it is a free-to-play game. The fact that I can tune in and play and not have to spend a dime of my money wins me over every time. Though they do state that “to support the continued development of TERA, [they] offer account services, cosmetic items, costumes, accessories, weapon skins, mounts, and more…” I can definitely get behind that, this is a truly free game, the game is not pay-to-win, and allows you the option to support them as your purse strings allow. Which says a lot for the Bluehole Studio.
Personally, I am excited to see how Sony and Xbox will help to make this game grow but there will always be the Debby-downers and not everyone is excited to see this game come up again. Several Youtube comments stated that, “This game died years ago!” I’m inclined to agree that it did fall off of most MMO lover’s radars years ago, but with Sony and Xbox taking it to console we may see a brand new side to this game, one that no one has seen before. Or it will be a complete flop and those people will be right, in which case they will flaunt their arrogant asses all over and we’ll have to go another 7 years before we can get rid of them. But, the only way we will know is to tune into the open beta March 9th through March 11th and see exactly how good or bad this game has become.
Check out more on the official website!