TERA is going free-to-play in February, and while we’ve already been given some of the details regarding account tier perks, En Masse have released the full matrix of account perks and restrictions for their action-combat MMORPG based on your status as either a Free player, a Founder, or an Elite. The free-to-play system doesn’t appear to be terribly restrictive and even players who download and play the game for free will have access to all of the existing content, and the few restrictions present should not be enough to keep them from enjoying the game. Let’s take a look at the tiers.
Instead adding a ton of restriction to free players and chopping the content up into chunks to sale individually it looks like TERA is are making an effort to provide the base game experience to its free players, while providing extra rewards and bonuses to players who have already purchased the game and/or continue to maintain a montly subscription.
Games like Star Wars: The Old Republic have caught quite a bit of flack for making players feel like they had to buy basic game features, even if they had previously purchased the game. You can make changes to your free to play system of course, but it’s hard to loose that stigma you pick up initially with a bad free to play system.
Free players in TERA can expect a pretty unrestricted adventure through the game, with having only two character slots being one of the only obvious drawbacks to being a free player. Other than that, the system really leans more toward rewarding players who either have purchased the game previously, or are currently subscribing.
None of the existing content will be hidden behind paywalls, and all the dungeons and PvP is available for free for players to try out.
Players who have previously purchased the game will be in the Founder’s tier, and will receive an exclusive mount as well as eight character slots and a few other perks such as extra bank slots.
Subscribers will be in the Elite account tier and receive a yet to be announced epic mount, double the normal daily bonus quests, and daily xp, gold, and reputation boosts, as well as plenty of other perks including cheaper auction house brokerage fees and discounts in the cash shop.
On paper the TERA free-to-play program looks like one of the better ones out there, and players should be able to play and experience the game for free if they wish, with those who support the game directly being rewarded for their loyalty.