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TERA Open Beta Weekend

En Masse Entertainment announces they will be holding open beta testing of TERA this weekend, and participants who have preordered the MMORPG will be able to carry over progress from this beta weekend into the game when it goes live. Here's the deal:

In preparation for the May 1 launch of its intense action MMO, TERA™, En Masse Entertainment is excited to host the game’s open beta weekend, which takes place from Friday, April 20 to Monday, April 23.

Players who want an early taste of TERA’s beautiful world and visceral combat can try the game’s all-new playable prologue. As the game begins, the first explorers to the mysterious Island of Dawn are shipwrecked and attacked by demons the moment they land. Players reach the beach, then struggle to regroup before the demons descend upon the survivors.

From the beach, players join a group of soldiers who have ventured up the cliffs to attack the demons directly, learning the basics of swimming, jumping, and climbing along the way. Then they dive into TERA’s contextual action combat and learn the importance of using skill rather than stats to take down enemies, including one of the game’s fearsome big-ass monsters, the kumas.

As players level up and move through the game’s world, they will join an alliance of races fighting to save their world from destruction by the menacing and vicious argon invaders. During open beta, players will be able to progress their characters as high as level 32, and if they pre-ordered TERA, their characters will continue into the launch version of the game come May 1. Pre-order customers will also have access to TERA’s Head Start period taking place from Saturday, April 28 to Tuesday, May 1.

To access TERA’s open beta, please follow these instructions:

1. Log in (https://account.enmasse.com/) to your En Masse account. If you do not have an En Masse account yet, create one! (https://account.enmasse.com/users/new)
2. Click the Enter Code button on the right.
3. Enter the open beta test code: TERABETA
4. Click the Submit button.
5. Click the Download Game button under the Account Overview tab.
6. This will start downloading the game launcher.
7. Run the launcher and install the game so you'll be ready to go when the servers open!

Open Beta Event

Begins: Friday, April 20 at noon PST
Ends: Monday, April 23 at 11:59 p.m. PST

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12. Re: TERA Open Beta Weekend Apr 19, 2012, 22:33 Jivaro
 
You're welcome. I am a fan of the genre, but I tend to beta test, buy, play for a few months, and then move on after I have seen the vast majority of the game. Particularly with subscription based MMOs since I am unwilling to subscribe to more then one at a time.

Regarding gaining xp outside of PvE: Yes, you gain XP for basically everything. Gathering, crafting etc. You even get "buffs" from mineral nodes etc, making it worthwhile to spend a few seconds gathering in between fights while grinding.


 
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11. Re: TERA Open Beta Weekend Apr 19, 2012, 19:49 Innocent
 
Hey Jivaro:

nice, thanks for the excellent review, man!

 
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10. Re: TERA Open Beta Weekend Apr 19, 2012, 07:01 Fibrocyte
 
Jivaro wrote on Apr 19, 2012, 02:20:
Fibrocyte wrote on Apr 19, 2012, 01:35:
Is anyone an MMO fan who also participated in the beta and want to share their impressions? I won't have time to try this over the weekend but the website (content/screens/vids) suggest the game is quite polished and the combat is interesting. I'm wondering if this is reality or marketing fluff.

1) If you don't like MMOs, this game won't change your mind about them. Yes, the combat is different then most...but it is still at its core all the same MMO stuff. It sounds like you are a fan of the genre, but I am just saying.

2) If the whole Japanese anime art style bugs you, you will hate this game. Not because the whole game is anime, it isn't, it borrows heavily from many different art styles. That said, your huge over-the-top weapons, little girls in barely-there clothing, etc are all present and accounted for. If you are indifferent or a fan, then you're good to go.

3) The graphics are awesome for a MMO. Hell, they are pretty damn good for any game.

4) The "I actually have to aim to hit things and move to keep them from hitting me" combat style is refreshing. It will bug the hell out of some people, but they can go play something else. There are a cubic buttload of "tab-select stand in one place" games out there. I don't mean that as negative as it sounds, I play a couple of those games, and love them...but there is a certain immersion and skill factor that comes from a game that requires what Tera requires from its players. I find it to be pretty fun, and wonder why more games don't do it.

5) The quests are boring and unimaginative. This goes beyond the typical "all MMO leveling quests are boring". I mean, the quests I have played in the first 20 levels of Tera are about as creative as Amish porn. They are obviously there to simply carry a very basic storyline and grind your leveling process. Very little voice acting, few cinematics..and very little variation between two basic staples: A) kill X of these OR B) bring me X of these.

6) Speaking of grinding....thanks to a westernization type overhaul...this game appears to be relatively painless as far as the grind. I hit 20 in one weekend of beta playing very casually and taking many long breaks for other fun things like doing my taxes. Maybe that's why the grind didn't seem so bad..I was comparing it to my taxes...

7) The variety in gameplay between the classes is surprising. Traditionally similar classes have very big differences, even at the lower levels. I dig that...being as I like to play alts rather then stick to one character all the time.

8) I have nothing to say about PvP, I didn't do any. I also don't have enough instance experience to comment on that...I mainly solo leveled. Maybe someone else can be more helpful on those topics.

Bottom line, I am going to buy it and enjoy it however long it takes me to level at least one character. If the content gets MUCH more interesting in the later levels, I might even keep playing it...but as it stands, I see it as a 3-4 month diversion...and then maybe revisit it after it "fills out" a bit.

Thanks a lot for typing all of this up - its quite helpful. I wonder if there are other ways to gain XP (via PVP, crafting, etc) outside of the boring quests you mentioned.
 
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9. Re: TERA Open Beta Weekend Apr 19, 2012, 02:30 Jivaro
 
Cutter wrote on Apr 19, 2012, 02:00:
Don't they have an injunction against them being allowed to operate anywhere in Asia? You'd think they're going to get one against them here too.

I believe you are referring to NC Soft's attempt to prevent a NA release due to their claim that Tera uses Lineage 3 assets. So far, they have not been successful in proving that, and have not actually filed a motion in North America. Tera is very much a playable game anywhere in Asia, although it is most popular in South Korea. Their attempt to prevent it's launch there also failed. My link below gies Blue Hole/En Masse's version of that story...but the bottom line is that the injuction attempt failed due to lack of proof.

The entire claim is based upon the fact that Blue Hole was founded by former NC Soft employees that worked on Lineage 3. It is, looking at copyright/trademark law from a historical perspective, a claim that they almost have to make to "show a history of actively protecting their intellectual properties"...but have very little hope of actually proving or winning. If they did, there is no way this game would be being played in South Korea for the last year. It wouldn't take that long to prove their case.

Linkage: http://www.enmasse.com/blog/posts/bluehole-studio-not-guilty-in-trial

That link explains the whole thing better then I do.

This comment was edited on Apr 19, 2012, 02:38.
 
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8. Re: TERA Open Beta Weekend Apr 19, 2012, 02:20 Jivaro
 
Fibrocyte wrote on Apr 19, 2012, 01:35:
Is anyone an MMO fan who also participated in the beta and want to share their impressions? I won't have time to try this over the weekend but the website (content/screens/vids) suggest the game is quite polished and the combat is interesting. I'm wondering if this is reality or marketing fluff.

1) If you don't like MMOs, this game won't change your mind about them. Yes, the combat is different then most...but it is still at its core all the same MMO stuff. It sounds like you are a fan of the genre, but I am just saying.

2) If the whole Japanese anime art style bugs you, you will hate this game. Not because the whole game is anime, it isn't, it borrows heavily from many different art styles. That said, your huge over-the-top weapons, little girls in barely-there clothing, etc are all present and accounted for. If you are indifferent or a fan, then you're good to go.

3) The graphics are awesome for a MMO. Hell, they are pretty damn good for any game.

4) The "I actually have to aim to hit things and move to keep them from hitting me" combat style is refreshing. It will bug the hell out of some people, but they can go play something else. There are a cubic buttload of "tab-select stand in one place" games out there. I don't mean that as negative as it sounds, I play a couple of those games, and love them...but there is a certain immersion and skill factor that comes from a game that requires what Tera requires from its players. I find it to be pretty fun, and wonder why more games don't do it.

5) The quests are boring and unimaginative. This goes beyond the typical "all MMO leveling quests are boring". I mean, the quests I have played in the first 20 levels of Tera are about as creative as Amish porn. They are obviously there to simply carry a very basic storyline and grind your leveling process. Very little voice acting, few cinematics..and very little variation between two basic staples: A) kill X of these OR B) bring me X of these.

6) Speaking of grinding....thanks to a westernization type overhaul...this game appears to be relatively painless as far as the grind. I hit 20 in one weekend of beta playing very casually and taking many long breaks for other fun things like doing my taxes. Maybe that's why the grind didn't seem so bad..I was comparing it to my taxes...

7) The variety in gameplay between the classes is surprising. Traditionally similar classes have very big differences, even at the lower levels. I dig that...being as I like to play alts rather then stick to one character all the time.

8) I have nothing to say about PvP, I didn't do any. I also don't have enough instance experience to comment on that...I mainly solo leveled. Maybe someone else can be more helpful on those topics.

Bottom line, I am going to buy it and enjoy it however long it takes me to level at least one character. If the content gets MUCH more interesting in the later levels, I might even keep playing it...but as it stands, I see it as a 3-4 month diversion...and then maybe revisit it after it "fills out" a bit.
 
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7. Re: TERA Open Beta Weekend Apr 19, 2012, 02:00 Cutter
 
Don't they have an injunction against them being allowed to operate anywhere in Asia? You'd think they're going to get one against them here too.
 
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6. Re: TERA Open Beta Weekend Apr 19, 2012, 01:35 Fibrocyte
 
Is anyone an MMO fan who also participated in the beta and want to share their impressions? I won't have time to try this over the weekend but the website (content/screens/vids) suggest the game is quite polished and the combat is interesting. I'm wondering if this is reality or marketing fluff.  
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5. Re: TERA Open Beta Weekend Apr 18, 2012, 22:51 Teddy
 
Paranoid Jack wrote on Apr 18, 2012, 22:43:
Did they change the date? I thought it was suppose to kick off this Friday.

People who pre-ordered get in on thursday at noon. People who didn't get in on Friday at noon (PST)

And April 20th is this friday...
 
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4. Re: TERA Open Beta Weekend Apr 18, 2012, 22:50 eunichron
 
Paranoid Jack wrote on Apr 18, 2012, 22:43:
Did they change the date? I thought it was suppose to kick off this Friday.

They never announced a date until today, that it was going to start this weekend was just another internet rumor.
 
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3. Re: TERA Open Beta Weekend Apr 18, 2012, 22:43 Paranoid Jack
 
Did they change the date? I thought it was suppose to kick off this Friday.  
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2. Re: TERA Open Beta Weekend Apr 18, 2012, 22:32 eunichron
 
GW2s is next week, starting the 27th, and of course I'm going to be out of town all next weekend, so I'll only get a few hours to play Sunday night.  
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1. Re: TERA Open Beta Weekend Apr 18, 2012, 22:24 Paranoid Jack
 
Isn't GW2 doing a weekend beta test also?

I need to check this one out too.
 
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