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Another MMO goes free-to-play -- this time Bluehole's  TERA
Another MMO goes free-to-play -- this time Bluehole's TERA
January 9, 2013 | By Mike Rose

January 9, 2013 | By Mike Rose
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Another subscription-based MMO has made the switch to free-to-play. This time it's last year's TERA -- although subscriptions will still be offered to those players who want to pay monthly.

Developed by South Korean company Bluehole Studio, the game launched in Korea at the start of 2011, and found its way to the U.S. and Europe in May last year, thanks to publishing deals from En Masse Entertainment and Gameforge.

However, from February TERA players will be able to choose whether the subscription solution suits their needs or not, as a free-to-play alternative called TERA: Rising will launch.

Rising provides an in-game store and options for customizing play characters, and there's no level cap or content restrictions.

Those players who choose to pay $14.99 a month for "elite status" will receive extra dungeon rewards, 10 bonus quests every day, extra items and boosts, store discounts and numerous other additions.

TERA isn't the first subscription MMO to go free-to-play, and it doesn't look like it'll be the last either. Most recently, Electronic Arts' Star Wars: The Old Republic fell on hard times, and was forced to go free-to-play.


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James Yee
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I'm sorry I was there at launch. The game seemed to be made for F2P from launch yet because it was the western release it launched with Subs. *Sigh*

Honestly I think it works better as F2P then Sub so maybe I'll dust off my Tera boots. :)

Geoff Schardein
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Hmm, discounts in the store for paid subscriptions, I wish other MMOs like Star Trek Online would do the same...

Sean Monica
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This was a pretty decent MMO. The problem most people fell out of was the grinding which is a common problem for most MMO's as they lose many players for the lack of interest and flow. I think it will do better as players will have less pressure to not waste time and a more of a pop in and out kind of thing.


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