Another one bites the dust! Another one bites the dust! And another one gone, and another one gone! Another one bites the dust!
Every time a free-to-play MMORPG transitions to a F2P model I can’t help but picture Freddie Mercury singing that song. Sure it may be a bit cynical but it’s also an exciting time as we see more and more high quality AAA MMOs using the F2P model, and luckily it looks like the model TERA will be using for it’s F2P transition doesn’t suck, unlike another recent MMORPG cough SWTOR cough.
The MMORPG will be available for free starting in February. Those that had previously purchased the game will be upgraded to a “Veteran” account; which grants additional character slots, more bank tabs and additional broker transactions. There currently isn’t an option for players to stay subscribed. Those that are will utilize the “TERA Club” membership, which grants them special daily items (boosts and teleports) as well as special consumables and a unique mount. After their subscriptions run out they will be bumped down to Veteran status.
At a glance F2P users seem to be getting quite the deal, with no real meaningful restrictions imposed. One can assume a cash shop is in order, but in terms of actual gameplay F2P users are not getting the short end of the stick so to speak. You can check out the full F2P breakdown chart here and here.
At launch TERA was applauded for its action based combat but criticized for its incessant use of generic kill quests. One could see this transition to free-to-play as TERA’s attempt at competing more directly against RaiderZ. Are you excited for TERA F2P? Let us know.