I have not been shy in the past stating that I think the subscription model for MMOs has passed its expiration date and should be retired for good. They days where only low-rent cheap and quickie MMOs have gone the way of the dodo and the news today of yet another major MMO taking the free-to-play plunge only further reinforces that fact as far a I am concerned. The MMO in question this time is none other than TERA (aka The Exiled Realm of Arborea) and the changeover will happen sometime next month (the exact date has yet to be revealed) when the game is relaunched and rebranded as TERA: Rising. This new version of the game will do away with required subscription fees and will not put any major content restrictions (or at least none that are not also applicable to paying players as well) or a level cap on non-paying players.
There will be as you might expect a cash shop (and it will even be accessible in-game) and additionally those willing to shell out fifteen dollars a month will be granted Elite status. The following comes benefits are conferred with this status:
Elite Status Benefits
One fiery halo
Thirty of each of the 4 NPC summon scrolls
One hour boosts for each XP, gold and reputation, refreshed daily
Ten strongbox keys
One village atlas
Increased maximum simultaneous listings on the Broker (50)
Lower fees for listing and selling items on the broker
Double your daily quest limit
Store discount on selected items throughout the En Masse store
Also those who previously purchased the box or digital version of the game and/or have active subscriptions will receive permanent Founder status which, among other things, grants access to an exclusive mount wholly separate from the Elite Status exclusive mount, eight character slots per server (both Elite and Standard non-founder accounts only begin with two), and the maximum 288 bank inventory slots (again both both Elite and Standard non-founder accounts only initially start with 72 slots) available in the game. Note that it is no longer possible to receive Founder status simply from creating a TERA account but purchase of a boxed copy of the game will continue to do so even after Rising has officially launched.
To further complement the big free-to-play switchover, a bevy of new content will be added to TERA in February. This includes a wave-based dungeon called the Crucible of Flame and a PvP battleground map called Champions’ Skyring that “introduces a new way for players to test their skills against each other.” A launch trailer for Rising (including a first look at some of the new vanity items and other boosts coming for the cash-shop) can be found below.
TERA: Rising will officially launch this February for PC in all territories the original game is currently available in. For more details on the Founder and Elite status and other aspects of the changeover be sure to checkout the source link at the bottom of this article. Stay tuned to Blistered Thumbs for continuing coverage of MMO news and be sure to share your thoughts and opinions in the comments section below.
Source(s): En Masse Entertainment.