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TERA: Head to F2P In Japan & Korea

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,581MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

NHN, the publisher of the Japanese & Korean versions of TERA, has announced that all servers will be converting to a free to play version in early 2013. Korean TERA servers will see F2P action on January 10th, with Japanese servers heading that way in mid-February.

There is no word from either En Masse Entertainment (NA version) or Gameforge (EU) about whether or not they will follow suit.

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  • PivotelitePivotelite Hamilton, ONPosts: 2,167Member

    The F2P conversion is coming with some huge changes ... TERA was always missing meaningful PvP, Sieges and raids... well, all that seems to be coming.

     

    http://tera-forums.enmasse.com/forums/general-discussion/topics/Teras-Next-Big-Content-Update1

     
    Anyways about the F2P, EME always seemed reasonable and if they decide to go F2P I am confident it won't be P2W and too restricted, even Korea which is known for P2W didn't make the F2P model too restricted, it made it so you could only make 3-4 characters per server, it doubled dungeon cooldown and made less bank space. All people who had purchased the game or previously subscribed get veteran perks and have none of these restrictions.
     
     

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  • rojoArcueidrojoArcueid hell, NJPosts: 6,754Member Uncommon
    Enmasse NA/EU, take notes from Korea / Japan.

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  • PivotelitePivotelite Hamilton, ONPosts: 2,167Member
    Anyways about the F2P, EME always seemed reasonable and if they decide to go F2P I am confident it won't be P2W and too restricted, even Korea which is known for P2W didn't make the F2P model too restricted, it made it so you could only make 3-4 characters per server, it doubled dungeon cooldown and made less bank space. All people who had purchased the game or previously subscribed get veteran perks and have none of these restrictions.
     
     
    Gameforge/Frogster(EU publishers)...well... I could see them butchering the game to death, more so than they already have.

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  • Superman0XSuperman0X San Jose, CAPosts: 1,575Member Uncommon
    The NA/EU versions will follow suit a few months afterwards. They will not be significantly different than the KR version, but will have the benefit of time to avoid some of the initial mistakes made in KR.
  • JudgeUKJudgeUK Posts: 847Member Uncommon

    EU - Gameforge are making an anouncement in Jan - quote below  from a Gameforge Community Manager (Tiala) taken from Tera eu website:

     

    "Hello everyone,

    yes, the Korean version of TERA is going f2p which is the next big step for them. Please understand that it is too early right now to talk about this but we will have more information for you about the EU version in January.

    Regards,
    Tiala"

  • DamonVileDamonVile Vancouver, BCPosts: 4,818Member
    I hope NA tera goes f2p soon. I really liked the game but didn't want to put in the time to make a sub worth while. I'd play again and have no problems spending a bit on money on it when I do play if it went f2p.
  • SukiyakiSukiyaki GreenwichPosts: 1,398Member Uncommon
    So many server do they have left in Korea/Japan? Any mergers announced? All I know is they went below 2% share in the Korean (M)MORPG market, but right now I cant find the serverlist on the Korean site. Thats below multiple complete no-name grinder title.
  • ZalmonZalmon Bloomington, INPosts: 319Member
    I remember reading on thse same forums that Tera will never go F2P. Boy what a shit storm started when ever this topic was brought up when Tera just released in west.
  • PivotelitePivotelite Hamilton, ONPosts: 2,167Member
    Originally posted by Zalmon
    I remember reading on thse same forums that Tera will never go F2P. Boy what a shit storm started when ever this topic was brought up when Tera just released in west.

     From my experience I saw more people arguing it will go F2P and that it's already flopping in Korea. You must have been on some other forum.

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  • PivotelitePivotelite Hamilton, ONPosts: 2,167Member
    Originally posted by Sukiyaki
    So many server do they have left in Korea/Japan? Any mergers announced? All I know is they went below 2% share in the Korean (M)MORPG market, but right now I cant find the serverlist on the Korean site. Thats below multiple complete no-name grinder title.
     

     Eh, TERA is still in the top 6 most played MMOs from the Korean sites i've recently browsed. 18th game overall last week for players.

     

    But both Japan and Koreas F2P test servers were so successful they couldnt help but pursue the model to its fullest extent.

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  • AsamofAsamof La Canada, CAPosts: 738Member Uncommon
    anyone actually surprised about this? about time too
  • YamotaYamota LondonPosts: 6,620Member
    I guess it is a question of time before it goes F2P in the West aswell. Pity but not entirely unexpected.
  • ShadowVlicanShadowVlican Toronto, ONPosts: 158Member
    AH HAHAHAHAA... now to wait for NA to do the same
  • PivotelitePivotelite Hamilton, ONPosts: 2,167Member
    Originally posted by ShadowVlican
    AH HAHAHAHAA... now to wait for NA to do the same

     Nothing wrong with that, i'm looking forward to the impressive content beind added alongside F2P conversions.

     

    Besides, TERA outlasted TSW and SW:TOR and overall seeing all these MMOs flop is more sad than funny IMO.

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  • JudgeUKJudgeUK Posts: 847Member Uncommon

    People said the game did not have enough content for P2P and should be F2P.

    Game going F2P and content added.

    Bit ironic really.

  • PivotelitePivotelite Hamilton, ONPosts: 2,167Member
    Originally posted by JudgeUK

    People said the game did not have enough content for P2P and should be F2P.

    Game going F2P and content added.

    Bit ironic really.

      Really odd indeed... but BHS was never good at making quality decisions.

     

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  • DAOWAceDAOWAce Flanders, NJPosts: 139Member Uncommon

    Finally, it's starting.

    Was waiting until this game went F2P before I played it.  Beta wasn't a good experience; was never going to pay for it in the first place due to that.

    Shame I have to deal with my alias being used by somebody else.  Quit SWTOR after they server merged for that reason; they didn't even bother to send out any e-mails about it.

  • SukiyakiSukiyaki GreenwichPosts: 1,398Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Pivotelite
    Originally posted by Sukiyaki
    So many server do they have left in Korea/Japan? Any mergers announced? All I know is they went below 2% share in the Korean (M)MORPG market, but right now I cant find the serverlist on the Korean site. Thats below multiple complete no-name grinder title.
     

     Eh, TERA is still in the top 6 most played MMOs from the Korean sites i've recently browsed. 18th game overall last week for players.

     

    But both Japan and Koreas F2P test servers were so successful they couldnt help but pursue the model to its fullest extent.

    TERA barely makes it last place of of the 10 most played Korean MMOs with large gap to top 3 and that doesnt even include action MOGs and it popped out of the top 20 online games already months ago... thats after that super successfull F2P test... when was that "recently"? A year ago? It allready on par with overhyped superflop Star Craft 2.

    I was asking for their servernumbers and existing schedules, not some made up offworld stuff you would love to believe.

    Edit: That SC2 point has given me some clue though, it must have barely above SC2's 0.5% online gaming marketshare. The last place in the top 10 Korean MMORPG has 0.75 marketshare and Tera has just been kicked out of that due to a no-name title beta launch.

  • PivotelitePivotelite Hamilton, ONPosts: 2,167Member
    Originally posted by Sukiyaki
    Originally posted by Pivotelite
    Originally posted by Sukiyaki
    So many server do they have left in Korea/Japan? Any mergers announced? All I know is they went below 2% share in the Korean (M)MORPG market, but right now I cant find the serverlist on the Korean site. Thats below multiple complete no-name grinder title.
     

     Eh, TERA is still in the top 6 most played MMOs from the Korean sites i've recently browsed. 18th game overall last week for players.

     

    But both Japan and Koreas F2P test servers were so successful they couldnt help but pursue the model to its fullest extent.

    TERA is last place of of the 10 most played Korean MMOs and that doesnt even include action MOGs and it popped out of the top 20 online games already months ago... thats after that super successfull F2P test... when was that "recently"? A year ago? It allready on par with overhyped superflop Star Craft 2.

    I was asking for their servernumbers and existing schedules, not some made up offworld stuff you would love to believe.

    http://www.gamenote.com/rank_ongame/?search_mode=weekly

     

    TERA just dropped to 20 from 18 last week, well see where it ends up after F2P goes live January 10th. I said test servers for a reason, KTERA launched one server with moderate restrictions and capped at level 58, the server is usually mid/high population so it has spurred them to go full force F2P.

     

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  • TheocritusTheocritus Gary, INPosts: 3,734Member Uncommon
        You know you have a bad game if you cant make money in Japan or Korea....The Asians usually love their gaming.
  • PivotelitePivotelite Hamilton, ONPosts: 2,167Member
    Originally posted by Theocritus
        You know you have a bad game if you cant make money in Japan or Korea....The Asians usually love their gaming.

      That's an odd assumption. Considering theres very successful games in NA that are complete flops in Korea, different markets. Not to mention LoL is doing the same thing in Korea as it is here... completely consuming everything.

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  • SukiyakiSukiyaki GreenwichPosts: 1,398Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Pivotelite
    Originally posted by Sukiyaki
    Originally posted by Pivotelite
    Originally posted by Sukiyaki
    So many server do they have left in Korea/Japan? Any mergers announced? All I know is they went below 2% share in the Korean (M)MORPG market, but right now I cant find the serverlist on the Korean site. Thats below multiple complete no-name grinder title.
     

     Eh, TERA is still in the top 6 most played MMOs from the Korean sites i've recently browsed. 18th game overall last week for players.

     

    But both Japan and Koreas F2P test servers were so successful they couldnt help but pursue the model to its fullest extent.

    TERA is last place of of the 10 most played Korean MMOs and that doesnt even include action MOGs and it popped out of the top 20 online games already months ago... thats after that super successfull F2P test... when was that "recently"? A year ago? It allready on par with overhyped superflop Star Craft 2.

    I was asking for their servernumbers and existing schedules, not some made up offworld stuff you would love to believe.

    http://www.gamenote.com/rank_ongame/?search_mode=weekly

     

    TERA just dropped to 20 from 18 last week, well see where it ends up after F2P goes live January 10th. I said test servers for a reason, KTERA launched one server with moderate restrictions and capped at level 58, the server is usually mid/high population so it has spurred them to go full force F2P.

     

    That list is weekly average and is pushing down current no.8 nd 9 which replaced Tera. Still even by your own list its not 6th and Tera not even close to the 6th place not just by place but total of marketshare. Most MMORPG spots have difference of +100-200% to the next one. And even in your list it barely popped back to the 20s again for whatever reasons.

  • PivotelitePivotelite Hamilton, ONPosts: 2,167Member
    Originally posted by Sukiyaki
    Originally posted by Pivotelite
    Originally posted by Sukiyaki
    Originally posted by Pivotelite
    Originally posted by Sukiyaki
    So many server do they have left in Korea/Japan? Any mergers announced? All I know is they went below 2% share in the Korean (M)MORPG market, but right now I cant find the serverlist on the Korean site. Thats below multiple complete no-name grinder title.
     

     Eh, TERA is still in the top 6 most played MMOs from the Korean sites i've recently browsed. 18th game overall last week for players.

     

    But both Japan and Koreas F2P test servers were so successful they couldnt help but pursue the model to its fullest extent.

    TERA is last place of of the 10 most played Korean MMOs and that doesnt even include action MOGs and it popped out of the top 20 online games already months ago... thats after that super successfull F2P test... when was that "recently"? A year ago? It allready on par with overhyped superflop Star Craft 2.

    I was asking for their servernumbers and existing schedules, not some made up offworld stuff you would love to believe.

    http://www.gamenote.com/rank_ongame/?search_mode=weekly

     

    TERA just dropped to 20 from 18 last week, well see where it ends up after F2P goes live January 10th. I said test servers for a reason, KTERA launched one server with moderate restrictions and capped at level 58, the server is usually mid/high population so it has spurred them to go full force F2P.

     

    That list is weekly average and is pushing down current no.8 nd 9 which replaced Tera. Still even by your own list its not 6th and Tera not even close to the 6th place not just by place but total of marketshare. Most MMORPG spots have difference of +100-200% to the next one.

     You said it dropped out of the top 20 months ago, I just pointed out it didn't. And yes the gap between MMO playerbases in korea is large, but it's large here as well, does that mean every MMO after WoW/GW2 is dead/garbage? Obviously not.

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  • NBlitzNBlitz ZwollePosts: 1,904Member
    Originally posted by Theocritus
        You know you have a bad game if you cant make money in Japan or Korea....The Asians usually love their gaming.

    The market is saturated, especially in South Korea with its 50 million inhabitants. 

    From what I can remember, without looking how things are as of today...Aion was the Big Kahuna in S-Korea with +/- 50% of the online gaming market cornered but around the time of Blade & Soul dropped to half of what it used to have (too tired to Googlefu this right now).

    What I'm trying to say is it's sink or swim for many titles over there (elsewhere too nowadays...) There are plenty of games to choose from and many don't have to put up with slow patches, shitty customer service, crappy content etc. etc.

    So it doesn't have to mean that the game is "bad."

  • SukiyakiSukiyaki GreenwichPosts: 1,398Member Uncommon
    Originally posted by Pivotelite
    Originally posted by Sukiyaki
    Originally posted by Pivotelite
    Originally posted by Sukiyaki
    Originally posted by Pivotelite
    Originally posted by Sukiyaki
    So many server do they have left in Korea/Japan? Any mergers announced? All I know is they went below 2% share in the Korean (M)MORPG market, but right now I cant find the serverlist on the Korean site. Thats below multiple complete no-name grinder title.
     

     Eh, TERA is still in the top 6 most played MMOs from the Korean sites i've recently browsed. 18th game overall last week for players.

     

    But both Japan and Koreas F2P test servers were so successful they couldnt help but pursue the model to its fullest extent.

    TERA is last place of of the 10 most played Korean MMOs and that doesnt even include action MOGs and it popped out of the top 20 online games already months ago... thats after that super successfull F2P test... when was that "recently"? A year ago? It allready on par with overhyped superflop Star Craft 2.

    I was asking for their servernumbers and existing schedules, not some made up offworld stuff you would love to believe.

    http://www.gamenote.com/rank_ongame/?search_mode=weekly

     

    TERA just dropped to 20 from 18 last week, well see where it ends up after F2P goes live January 10th. I said test servers for a reason, KTERA launched one server with moderate restrictions and capped at level 58, the server is usually mid/high population so it has spurred them to go full force F2P.

     

    That list is weekly average and is pushing down current no.8 nd 9 which replaced Tera. Still even by your own list its not 6th and Tera not even close to the 6th place not just by place but total of marketshare. Most MMORPG spots have difference of +100-200% to the next one.

     You said it dropped out of the top 20 months ago, I just pointed out it didn't. And yes the gap between MMO playerbases in korea is large, but it's large here as well, does that mean every MMO after WoW/GW2 is dead/garbage? Obviously not.

    It did drop out months ago by both netimo.net metrics and pcbang/gamemetics.com it never even temproarely peaked into the top 20 in the last week unlike according to your site which places still current top 9 and 8 somewhere at 60 right now. (You site is not wrong, actually its the most likely "right" one anywhere, but the averages including downtimes skew the individual daily rankings)

    The difference between Tera and Blade & Soul is about as much as WoW and Star Trek Online, and later makes games like Aion and SWToR look like giant cashcows in the West. I dont even bother about the gap more than about the level of the drop since launch which closes to SC2 or SWtoR tanking.

    Thats why I was asking for server counts and potential merge schedules from the very beginning not just some delusional dreams about an immensly successfull F2P switch of TERA..

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