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TERA Going Free-to-Play Next Month

The TERA Website has news that En Masse Entertainment's MMORPG is going free-to-play next month (thanks Massively). This FAQ has all the details, and here's a bit:

TERA will be free.

No level, time, or content restrictions.

Our philosophy is to add to what we already offer instead of restricting existing content. We've added an in-game shop where players can choose to buy costumes, mounts, and consumables, but the core of the game will be 100% free.

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3. Re: TERA Going Free-to-Play Next Month Jan 9, 2013, 13:32 sauron
 
Agent.X7 wrote on Jan 9, 2013, 13:03:
Like nobody saw this coming since release.

Sorry people, MMOs cannot succeed on the subscription model anymore. Those days are over, just like metered internet. Sure, there are some dinosaurs hanging on, and a couple of newer games hanging on by threads (Rift) but everyone was looking for WoW levels of success, not realizing that WoW was a massive outlier. The most successful MMO before WoW had a tiny fraction of the subs that WoW did, and most games can't even pull that.

I'm not sure this is completely true in all cases but it definitely applies here. I think what allows WoW and some smaller games (eg FFXI) to remain subscription based many years after release is the fact that their intellectual property is hugely popular worldwide, which greatly increases subscriber loyalty.

Tera doesn't have that advantage, so F2P is really a no-brainer. Hell, even LOTRO went F2P, even though it does have the IP advantage.
 
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