Tera, the combat-centric fantasy MMO, has relaunched as the free-to-play Tera: Rising - suggesting the game's various worldwide publishers are hoping for a phoenix-like rebirth of the Korean made RPG. Working in this new version's favour is the generous amount of content being offered to free players, as well as the new dungeon and arena being released with the 2.0 update.
It's tempting to see a new year as a fresh start. New trends, new possibilities, new problems. But no, while the number at the end of our arbitrary calendar may have increased one, cars still don't hover, evil robots still aren't waging war against humanity, and struggling subscription MMOs still seek a fresh start by re-launching as free-to-play. That's exactly what's happening with Tera, last year's combat-heavy fantasy MMO.
Something with Argon and how it's a noble gas... and she's the queen of... never mind. That lead-in was doomed to fail from the start. And players of Tera will likely be as doomed to fail (at least on the first few tries) when the Argon Queen update launches on the 22nd. En Masse is calling it the largest update yet, and is set to bring a new tier of endgame content and a new kind of PvP. To get as many players as possible into the new content, it is also incentivizing XP gorging with a "Race to Max Level" event that is already underway.
Every day is better when you've seen an adorable panda shooting a bow and arrow at a gargantuan monster. Well, technically, it's a Popori, but you get what I mean. Check out this exclusive footage of the new Dark Cathedral dungeon, coming soon to the Korean-import MMO TERA. Whether or not you're a fan of the MMO genre, the visuals on display here are UNDENIABLY gorgeous. This quick playthrough of the instance gives you a look at all the bosses you'll have to down if you want that phat loot, as well as the ominous interior of the once-pure cathedral. If only more games could incorporate low-cut dresses, killer pandas, and dudes smacking around skeletons with two-handed cleavers, the world would be a better place.
The team at Bluehole Studios (yes, they call themselves Bluehole) sent over their compilation video of TERA footage shot during closed-door demos at E3. In addition to being "the first true action-MMO" thanks to its what-you-see-is-what-you-get combat system (as opposed to dice rolls determining hits and misses) this may be the only MMO that features both slutty elves and adorable panda warriors.