Remember a few months ago, when we learned about En Masse Entertainment’s and TERA‘s struggles with third-party programs? As we said back then, EME’s hardline stance on banning players using any kind of third-party programs might do more harm than good, as it would free up the developers of more benign programs to do whatever they felt like, knowing they’d get banned for anything from a DPS meter to a true game-breaking exploit.

That might be what happened recently, as a particularly nasty hack/exploit has made its way into the NA version of the game. It allows players to use the Valkyrie’s Dream Slash ability to deal massive damage, typically insta-killing players or dealing massive damage to bosses and reducing their battles to triviality.

Take a look at this video of a PvP battle and note all the kills — of players with nearly full health — “Muc” racks up in just a few seconds:

That video was from Aug. 7, so maybe things have cleaned up since then? Maybe not. Here’s a video from Aug. 17, that shows a boss melting like ice cream on a summer’s day:

Too slow for you? Check this out:

(For an extra special a-hole moment, look at the comments on that middle video, where someone argues the definition of “hack” and passionately argues that he’s not doing anything wrong. “playing with tera files to get buffs and so is game play its the same as breaking calculator program and making it do 3×4 = 13 xD.” Whatever, they’re still going to get banned, kiddo.)

We asked En Masse Entertainment to comment on this new issue, and the publisher confirmed that it’s aware of it and working with developer Bluehole Studio to remove it from the game:

“En Masse was made aware of the exploit shortly after it became available. Since then, we have been using numerous methods to identify and ban abusing player accounts. We are actively communicating with TERA’s developers at Bluehole Inc. regarding the hack and the various ways it’s being abused to circumvent intended game design and disrupt the gameplay experience of other players.”

According to the source that brought this information to our attention, Gameforge, TERA’s EU publisher, also faced this issue and was, with Bluehole’s help, able to cleanse it from the game. We haven’t managed to verify that, but if it’s true, retribution will hopefully be swift for the hackers and malicious exploiters in NA TERA.

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Jason Winter is a veteran gaming journalist, he brings a wide range of experience to MMOBomb, including two years with Beckett Media where he served as the editor of the leading gaming magazine Massive Online Gamer. He has also written professionally for several gaming websites.

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  1. Sumie on August 23, 2017

    >(For an extra special a-hole moment, look at the comments on that middle video, where its maker argues the definition of “hack” and passionately argues that he’s not doing anything wrong. “playing with tera files to get buffs and so is game play its the same as breaking calculator program and making it do 3×4 = 13 xD.” Whatever, you’re still going to get banned, kiddo.)

    For the record, the guy who made that comment, has nothing to do with the module, no idea who he is. Just a random guy commenting on a YouTube video.

    • Jason Winter Author on August 24, 2017

      You’re right. I’ll fix that, thanks!

  2. Spacecats on August 23, 2017

    Treehouse is innocent, it was all Amaterasu

  3. Weilan on August 23, 2017

    People still play this loli garbage?

    • lolcatz on August 23, 2017

      lol its more than that. I only picked it up because it had controller support, but i thought it was pretty clunky compared to other games, so i dropped it pretty quickly.

      • Kevin Flemming on August 23, 2017

        Never tried it with a controller. Found the M&KB to be more than sufficient. Although, I’ve only really played one class properly, the Gunner.

    • Kevin Flemming on August 23, 2017

      I came back to TERA recently and instantly stopped playing. Not due to the classes, though.
      They have butchered-up the quests and made leveling much too fast for my liking. I liked spending a decent amount of time in each area, as (some will possibly admit) they look quite beautiful on maximum settings.
      Never played whatever the loli race is (can’t remember the name). Doesn’t appeal to me. Either a human (more often than not) or castanic (Gunner).

  4. kek on August 22, 2017

    the question is, how many people are they willing to ban for their own mistakes? Pretty sure saw an article like this before, several. With the little playerbase they got left, don’t think they have the luxury to be this reckless. Literally cutting their own limbs.

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