Recently I started playing TERA; recent as in, I haven't even hit level 10. But the only reason I started playing is cos I got wind that TERA will be going Free to Play sometime in February (ever since WoW I no longer play any subscription fee based game). And I tell you, after playing the Unlimited Free Trial, the game is AWESOME! In my personal opinion, TERA is much more fun to play than Guild Wars 2 (more fun, I never said better).
I highly recommend you play TERA with a controller, either a 360 controller or a PS3 controller (I think it supports a PS3 controller; I know for a fact it supports a 360 controller as that's what I use). Just remember to change a few key bindings to suit your preference. Really, the default key bindings really aren't that great.
Anyway, who care's about what I'm saying. Onto what En Masse Entertainment is saying:
The release date for TERA: Rising is 5th of February 2013.
Quoted directly from the NA TERA website:
Get ready for the new world! TERA: Rising , the next evolution of the award-winning action MMORPG, will be available for free throughout North America on February 5.
Thousands of players, old and new, are clamoring to be among the first to experience the all-new content, including a competitive dungeon, a player-versus-player arena, and two new high-level factions.
After a maintenance period scheduled from 12:01 a.m. PST February 4 to 7 a.m. February 5, you can log in and experience TERA in all its epic scope: all the dungeons, all the BAMs, and all the action you’ve come to expect from this groundbreaking MMO.
On February 5, players can choose from five servers:
Lake of Tears and Ascension Valley will be on their own matching system for dungeons and battlegrounds. Character transfers (free for a limited time) will be available among Mount Tyrannas, Tempest Reach, and Celestial Hills. Characters can transfer once every 30 days.
- Mount Tyrannas (PvP)
- Lake of Tears (PvP)—new!
- Tempest Reach (PvE)
- Ascension Valley (PvE)—new!
- Celestial Hills (PvE roleplay)
To handle the influx of new TERA gamers, we’re establishing some chat channel restrictions. Area chat is available for characters level 5 and up, trade and LFG chats are level 12 and up, and global chat is level 20 and up. We’re limiting chat rates as well to handle all the traffic.
Finally, TERA’s community suggested that we give TERA’s founders—those who’ve already played the game—priority queueing if there’s a wait to get into the game. We agree! If you’re a founder, head toward the front of the line (just step over the velvet rope!).