Season's greetings, everyone!
As the new year fast approaches, the Internets quickly fill up with end-of-year lists of this and that, to let us reflect on the year that was. In looking back at the past twelve months for TERA, I present my own list in reflection of all the good memories we shared with you, our community, in 2013.
1. We added unique dungeons and raids. Wonderholme, Shattered Fleets, Kezzel's Gorge, Kelsaik's Nest XX, and more. This year brought in more challenges and variety for players to enjoy: changes in group sizes like 10- and 20-player raids, small parties without healers or tanks, plus crazy fight tactics and dungeon puzzles.
2. Players duked it out in brand new battlegrounds. Champions' Skyring. Corsairs’ Stronghold. To compliment Fraywind Canyon, these two new battlegrounds brought more challenges to players as they learned to fight both as a small group and as a large team. Tanks and cannons always make things more fun as well.
3. We celebrated our one-year anniversary… which lasted a month. New and existing players joined as we celebrated our full first year online with gifts, mounts, and weekend challenges as a thank you for all the amazing support we’ve received from our community.
4. We shook up the world of free-to-play. The biggest change in TERA was more than new content and events, but letting everyone experience TERA for free back in February of this year. In making this change, we focused on keeping the entire experience free for players by never restricting content. In doing so, we hope to have created the best free-to-play experience in the MMO world.
5. We were amazed by our community. From the forums to in-game to Twitch to our socials, I'm always humbled by the level of support we get from our community. Not only that—we're constantly amazed at the talented people we have playing TERA, from the 500 players that battled to the death in Canyon Clash 2, to the players who submitted their artwork for our loading screens (now on display). We're showing 20 screens, and even then it was hard to decide. You all are the reason we do this, and we wouldn't have it any other way. We were also excited to join our community for 24-hours of marathon streaming during the Extra Life stream event. Together, Team TERA raised over $10,000 for children’s hospitals. This was a feat that could not have been possible without our awesome community.
For us, 2013 was an eventful year, and we're even more excited to see what 2014 will bring to the shores of TERA. There are a few things coming up on the horizon, and I'd like to share them with you.
In January, we're excited to introduce a brand new battleground concept called Kumasylum. For the first time ever, players will transform into BAMs, and defend their riches from being looted by a band of seven other players. If you've ever wanted to dive into the boots of a kumas and hurl your own lightning bolts, this is your chance! Additionally, we are enhancing the perks you receive as an elite status member. Our beloved jeweled lion has about run its course, and it's time to debut a new exclusive mount in its stead. We'll also be increasing the number of buffs everyone receives along with additional gifts which we’ll release more details on early next year. Also, look forward to our upcoming festival event, Rootstock, soon taking place in TERA. You can already see some of the setup in Freeholds, and soon you'll be able to take part in the festivities as well! All this, just in January.
Further into 2014, you can expect there to be a slew of new dungeons and raids that will challenge even the most decorated gladiators in TERA. And last but not least, I’m excited to reveal that we’ll be introducing a brand new class into the ranks with her own set of skills and weapons. There's not much I can say yet, but we're looking forward to the damage she'll wreak on some BAMs come springtime.
I hope that you’re as excited about the new year as we are. 2013 was a great year of change for TERA and En Masse, and we’re confident we can deliver even better service to you, our community, in 2014. Stay tuned.