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TERA Free to Play

From February 5th onwards, TERA will adopt a free-to-play model. According to En Masse Entertainment, publisher of TERA, the MMORPG will walk the “freemium” route. That is, you can still pay for in-game items, but that is completely optional. Just in case you’re a TERA player, let us see what is in store.

 If you are a current subscriber, any remaining game time you might have will be converted to elite game time. That time will be rounded up to the nearest 30-day mark. For example, if you have 24 days of game time remaining, you will be granted 6 extra days of game time to bring up your total amount of game time to 30 days. Of course, once your game time runs out, your recurring subscription will automatically revert to a recurring elite subscription for $14.99. However, you can choose to cancel any time, and if you do so, your account will convert into a founder account when your game time ends.

Currently, you cannot get a refund for your subscription due to that feature not being restored yet. However, you can submit a ticket to request a refund for your remaining game time. After the current month ends, your remaining subscription will be refunded. For example, if you bought a 90-day subscription and have 65 days remaining, you will receive a refund for 60 days of game time. As for the remaining five days, they will stay as elite game time.

The same dilemma, unfortunately, applies for acquisition of EMP instead of a refund for any elite time. Of course, when the feature is restored, you can receive EMP instead of a refund by submitting a ticket after TERA drops its subscription fee. The remaining time will be converted into a dollar amount and En Masse Entertainment will grant you the appropriate amount of EMP depending on the dollar amount. Here are the different account tiers after the free-to-play model is adopted:

Here are the different account tiers after the free-to-play model is adopted:

 

Account Tiers:

Elite Status

Standard

Founder

Cost

30 days, $14.99

Free

Free

Character Slots

2 per server (may purchase more)

2 per server (may purchase more)

8 per server (max)

Character Race & Class

No limitations

No limitations

No limitations

Access to all Zones and Dungeons

No limitations

No limitations

No limitations

In Game Title

None

None

Founder” title

Dungeon Entries

-Shortened cooldown dungeons

-Double Daily entries

Default

Default

Bonus Dungeon Rewards

2 Valkyon’s Response

1 Valkyon’s Response

1 Valkyon’s Response

Daily Bonus Quests

20 per day

10 per day

10 per day

Consumables*

-One fiery halo

-NPC summon scrolls

-10 strongbox keys

-One Village Atlas

None

None

Daily Items and Bonuses

XP, Gold, and Reputation boosts**

None

None

Special Mount

Elite Mount

None

Exclusive Terminus Mount***

Bank Inventory slot

72 slots (may purchase more)

72 slots (may purchase more)

288 slots (max)

Send Gold via Parcel

Unlimited

10 Gold cap per message

Unlimited

Brokerage Postings (Simultaneous)

50

10

30

Brokerage Register Fee (Earnest)

0%

5%

5%

Brokerage Sales Fee

10%

15%

15%

Store Discount on Select Items

Yes (specifics TBD)

No

No

 *Elite consumables will be delivered through the item claim, but the “daily items” and “mount” are accessed from the elite status hotbar

**1 boost of each type (4 types of boosts) given out per day. XP boost only applies to monster kills. Gold Boosts applies to quest and monster gold. Each boost is a 100% increase.

***Terminus Mount is permanent and will be automatically trained on all characters on your account

If you are confused as to what exactly is founder status, it lets you retain all the perks that were in-game without the subscription. There is only one way to obtain founder status, and that is to redeem your copy of TERA. Regardless of whether you currently play TERA, your account will be permanently be granted founder status if you redeem your copy of the game. This is the only way to acquire founder status, so don’t forget!

However, if you upgrade from a founder account to Elite, you will retain all the benefits for the founder account. Keep in mind, though, that if you elect to let your elite game time run out and cancel your subscription, you will automatically revert to founder status. Related to founder status, if you buy a box copy of TERA, you can still receive permanent founder status. Even after February 5th, you can do this any time you wish. However, if you apply any game account after February 3rd, it will not be granted 30 days of elite status or any bonus EMP for the purchase.

Finally, En Masse has decided to no longer sell chronoscrolls. As of February 5th, they will no longer be redeemable for game time. However, if you have a chronoscroll, you can sell it to any merchant for 2,000 gold.

Now that you’re armed with the latest information, welcome to the free world of TERA.

 

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