So what is the low down on this here MMORPG? What is the deal?
Well, basically, it is a new Asian MMO in development, with plans of trying to break into the western market. It's currently in a limited closed beta with a "Western" branch and an "Asian" one. It has a projected Release Date of 2011.
Why should we care?
Chances are you've heard of this game in some way before. It was once called "Lineage 3" when the people making it were still working at NCsoft. Then it was renamed "Aion" after the project leads were fired. It was code-named "Project S1" when quietly under development by Bluehole Studios, the company founded by the guys NCsoft fired. Now you know this game as TERA: The Exiled Realm of Arborea (aka TERA, or TERA Online). Bluehole Studios, perhaps realizing that "Bluehole" was a bad name for a company in the West, has opened a subsidiary in Seattle called En Masse Entertainment. Things have come full-circle now, as many former NCsoft West employees were hired to work at En Masse (like Aion's Producer, Brian Knox).
Well, it looks pretty great! The combat in the game looks like what I personally have wanted out of MMO's for the past decade, with rolls, dodges, actual aiming and visceral gameplay and animations. Usually I have a habit of dismissing asian MMO's out of the sheer potential grind they always throw in the players face, but the devs behind this game said they really want to take a stab at the westerners in the old and new world and as such realize that they can't get away with excessive soulless grinding. That's a positive!
How it actually will turn out is anyones guess though.
Either way, it looks fun and the beta testers have been giving it the thumbs up so far. Now, take a look for yourself:Official description:
TERA is a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) in which you fight to protect the Valkyon Federation—an alliance of the world's surface races—while also battling for glory and power. With action-filled gameplay and riveting visuals, TERA promises a thrilling, engaging ride.
TERA is breathtaking, with stunning graphics that fully immerse players in its varied environments. Couple that with an exciting new combat system that provides fast-paced, intense battles and engages characters of all classes, and you've got a recipe for the best MMO experience to date. Craft the finest gear, form a group with your allies, conquer a world filled with treacherous monsters, and maneuver your way to the pinnacle of power on your server! TERA offers a unique endgame experience, one where players and guilds vie for control of the Federation.
In a world where gods slumber and demons scheme, the Federation needs brave heroes to take up the mantle of leadership. Through martial power and arcane might, you can join the ranks of heroes and save the world of TERA!
What is TERA?
TERA™ is a massively multiplayer online roleplaying game (MMORPG) for the PC that combines an exciting new take on MMO gameplay with lush graphics, intense action, and a richly-developed history.
You'll defend a world torn apart by struggle and war, beset on all sides by dangerous foes, as you work with your allies to protect the Valkyon Federation—an alliance of the world's surface races—and shape a new destiny for all!
How does TERA differ from other MMORPGs?
TERA will set a new standard in MMORPGs with its next-generation graphics, groundbreaking gameplay, and unique political system.
* TERA's stunning graphics and visuals combine for a cinematic gameplay experience.
* Players have a direct impact on the world, dictating the flow of the economy and maneuvering through the political system of their server.
* TERA's tactical combat system gives players more control and constant involvement in the action! No more point-and-click or just cycling through a palette of spells and skills.
* TERA will support game controllers at launch.
How many classes and races are there in TERA?
TERA has six character races - Aman, Castanics, Baraka, High Elves, Humans, and Popori - and eight classes. Each race will be able to play all classes.
The eight classes include the Lancer, Warrior, Berserker, Sorcerer, Priest, Mystic, Slayer, and Archer. Numerous cosmetic character customization options will ensure each player a unique experience.