A look at Tera Online

TERA Box Art
TERA Box Art

While at E3 2010 Obsolete Gamer was able to get a preview of the new En Masse MMO, Tera Online. Developed by Bluehole Studios, Tera Online brings the battle stylings and action of an RPG fighter on a console and mixes it in with the depth and emersion factor of an MMORPG. I was able to speak to Brain Knox a senior producer for Tera Online about the game and demo it as well.

What was stressed about Tera Online was that it was action oriented. Now this does not mean there isn’t a stunningly beautiful massive world and engaging storyline. The world of Tera was ravaged by the God’s and other dark forces and so the inhabitants of the planet decided to band together to reclaim their world from the God’s. This speaks to another main point of Tera Online and that is the lack of factions. With Tera Online the goal with the quests is to write your own story as you complete thousands of quests and fight even more monsters.

The key is in the fighting system which relies more on movement, teamwork and attack timing. What this means is where and how you hit your enemy matters and working as a team to coordinate your attacks is vital. No more point and click and no more staring at the UI, in Tera Online your attention is on the battle even if you are healing.

Here are some of the key features from the Tera Online Press Kit:

TERA E3 2010 screenshot
TERA E3 2010 screenshot
  • Explore and Engage: Experience an Action MMO beyond “point and click,” where position, timing, and aim determine success in combat, and player characters climb, jump, and swim over and through obstacles.
  • Monstrous Melee: Skillful attacks, not stats, determine the outcome of battles under TERA’s non-target based combat system, making fighting more intuitive, exciting, and intensely realistic than standard MMOs.
  • All Action, No Faction: Go beyond canned stories and factions to write the history of TERA in real time as players join together against dark powers including underworlders, marauding monsters, and evil gods.
  • Discover a Vast Fantasy World: Play six character races (Human, High Elf, Castanic, Aman, Popori, and Baraka) and eight classes (warrior, lancer, slayer, berserker, archer, sorcerer, priest, and mystic); battle hundreds of monsters throughout 80+ zones and thousands of quests in a game world filled with a huge array of weapons and items, and rich in history and lore.
  • Enjoy Stunning Graphics and Extraordinary Animation: Explore a world filled with breathtaking vistas and a wide range of environments, from verdant forests to snowy tundra to dark, terrifying dungeons.
  • Experience a Vibrant Community: In a faction-free world, all players can impact the community and social, political, and economic structures of TERA.
  • Choice of Control: Play with mouse and keyboard or your favorite PC-compatible console controller.
  • Play with Confidence: Keep your focus where it should be—in the game. TERA is fully designed, localized, and supported for North America and Europe.

Below is video from Tera Online including an intro from me, the official E3 trailer and Gameplay footage with my interview with Brian Knox.

Tera Online is set to be released sometime in 2011. We will be bringing you more information on Tera Online as it becomes available. You can check out more information on the Tera Online website.

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