TERA: Rising – Over Half a Million New Players Since Free-to-Play Launch (PC – News)
Since the introduction of the free-to-play version, TERA players have created around 1.5 million characters with which they can experience adventures in the world of Arborea. The battle-ready Castanics are the most popular race, with the Humans and High Elves nipping at their heels, while the Warrior enjoys the greatest popularity among the classes, followed by the Sorcerer and the Archer.
With the move to free-to-play, the world of Arborea was expanded by the Crucible of Flame dungeon and a 3-v-3 arena called the Champions’ Skyring. In the future, regular content updates for TERA: Rising will keep on coming. The next such update, which will be released within the course of this year, will add a new feature to TERA’s political system: Players who belong to a guild will be able to enter into an alliance and vie for supremacy against other alliances on their server.
TERA is a classic fantasy MMO, yet it has some key features that set it apart from the rest of the genre. For example, the sophisticated True Action Combat system is the first of its kind. Similar to the controls in action games, the player actively executes their attacks and spells, instead of just pressing a button. In this system, the position relative to one’s opponent is also critical: Players precisely aim at their enemies by lining them up in the cross hairs. Even before its release in summer 2012, TERA was praised by players and press alike, above all for its richly detailed graphics and numerous innovations, such as the novel political system.