TERA's fourth closed beta test starts this Friday! Before we tell you what's new, we want to let you know that we'll begin deploying a new patch for TERA on March 21 at 3:00 PM PDT for about two hours. During this time you won't be able to patch. This isn't a long-term solution, and we're working on a more seamless experience for future patches. Once we verify the patch was successful, we'll open it back up so you can download the 9 MB update.
Here are some at-a-glance facts about this weekend's event:
As a result of the feedback we've received during previous tests, we've made significant changes for Closed Beta Test 4. Most importantly, we have increased the difficulty between levels 1 and 15 by decreasing the player's hit points. We hope this will create more challenging and interesting gameplay. Those hit points will gradually be added back in as the player levels from 16 to 20. Also, in the heat of PvP, it can be difficult to see your opponent's level. To simplify this, we've made it possible to see the level of another player by aiming your crosshair at them. We've also doubled the character limit for all chat channels, making it easier to communicate with other players. For complete details, please see our patch notes.
With the increased level cap of 38, you can explore the ancestral home of the elins and poporis—the tree city of Pora Elinu and the stunningly beautiful Lake of Tears. Nearby you'll find the Eldritch Academy, a university of magic currently experiencing…what you might call a high rate of faculty turnover. Then you'll return to Val Aureum and the desert town of Tulufan to explore the ruins of the giants' lost empire, chase down the nefarious plots of the Scions of Lok, and prepare yourself for a trip into the instanced dungeon of the Cultist's Refuge.
We'll also be hosting an in-game event called Terron Treasure Trove, where players can receive helpful and rare consumable items created by the two elin princesses of Pora Elinu! But first, you'll need to find the blue treasure chest in TERA and give the terron sitting on top a good smack on the head before he surrenders what's inside!
Other than the in-game treasure finds, be sure to participate in our Be Creative, Be Smart, Be Lucky! contest for a chance to win awesome prizes from Logitech and En Masse Entertainment. There is no nondisclosure agreement (NDA) during the beta tests, so feel free to screenshot, film, or write about your experiences, and share them with your friends and guild mates!
Want to join us for this weekend's closed beta test? How about every closed beta test? Pre-order TERA from the En Masse store for immediate access to all five closed beta tests and the opportunity to retain your characters and their progress for the duration of the closed beta period.