Never let it be said that complaining about lockboxes doesn’t help. While TERA
isn’t doing away with its lockboxes, En Masse did post last night that it’s overhauled its lockbox system
based on player feedback.
“Every strongbox you open – including the ones you’ve had in your inventory since forever – will include something that you, the players, find useful,” says the studio. “This means that each and every strongbox now has a chance to drop the important ‘jackpot’ items you’ve been clamoring for – and no longer contain the items you told us were just not that important to you. Furthermore, we’ve reduced the ‘leveling’ strongboxes to a single box with a focus on fashion so you look good while you level.”
Check out the whole list of what’s in which box – and the new caps on how many can drop for you depending on your levelband. If you’re a hardcore TERA player, we’d love to hear what you think.
Blade & Soul
players are going to have to chew on a bit of a sour grape today, as NCsoft announced that it made the decision to push the upcoming Eternal Night patch back a week to May 9th
The dev team said that it had “come across a number of issues that will require additional testing and preparation” and apologized for the one-week delay in the update’s rollout. There is a firm, sweet grape to eat with this news, however: NCsoft is going to extend its daily dash, login rewards, and the Automaton Assault event until the 9th to keep players busy and happy.
The Eternal Night update will throw players into a 12-person raid called Nightfall Sanctuary, a dungeon known as Sandstorm Temple, and allow for the acquisition of new legendary gear.
had a busy month, what with the console launch
and its Godsfall update
. May is going to try its hardest to keep this pace of interesting developments, especially over in Europe, where server merges are in the works
At the start of the month, six of the region’s servers will be merged down to three, with a fourth international server remaining untouched. The studio concentrated on merging servers of the same language types to keep French, English, and German-speaking players together and happy.
“It is our aim to always bring you the best possible gaming experience. We know that it is very important for you to be able to find other players for group content quickly and easily at all times,” the team said. “We really hope the merge will help you enjoy the game even more!”
The latest update for TERA
on PC brings characters to new heights of power. Not just because you’re acquiring all sorts of commendations and status; no, the update introduces the new Apex Skills
, which deliver exactly what they promise. A dangerous solo quest guards the Apex Skills for the first seven classes, and you can see these skills in action in the videos just below. They’re kind of a big deal, as the name would imply.
Meanwhile, console players are going to have to wait a while longer to enjoy all of these new skills… but considering how recently the game launched on console, it’s probably just welcome to already be getting new content in the game. Console players can dive into Ruinous Manor, which is filled with dangerous enemies for level 65 and plenty of associated loot. Sure, it’s not the apex of what your character will eventually be able to achieve, but that’s something to look forward to.
The end of the world is bearing down on some Age of Conan players, but that’s exactly when things get interesting. Funcom’s special Saga of Zath server has just a month left to go before the studio merges its population in with the Crom server and turns out the lights.
Before then, players can race to earn special gear and vanity items for the main server. To help with that, Funcom is giving all players a free extra specialization, cutting the price of mounts in half, chopping XP booster prices down by 75%, and making raid and PvP gear bundles available.
Saga of Zath started up back in January as a special time-limited PvE server. Players had just a few months to go through a saga quest to earn rewards and gain items. When the merge happens on May 15th, all Zath characters will be transferred to Crom with all progress and inventory intact.
Can giant, money-obsessed game corporations have a heart? Well, no, they’re corporations, not people, but they can act in a way from time to time that mimics the warmer side of human emotions.
In the case of Nexon this month, the publisher and studio has decided to grant autonomy to seven of its subsidiary studios in order to cultivate creative freedom and overall product growth. After all, why acquire these outlets if you’re going to try to force them into the same mold as their new parent?
These seven studios now have independence from the main office and are being encouraged to come up with their own work philosophy and even compete with their fellow Nexon acquisitions. The studios granted this freedom are: devCAT (Mabinogi, Vindictus), What! Studio (Durango), Studio One, Thingsoft (Peria Chronicles), Nexon GT (Atlantica Online), Nexon Red, and Boolean Games.
PC players, heads up: TERA
is launching Godsfall
next week on April 17th. En Masse is calling it “one of the most significant updates of the year” with new abilities for the Berserker, Brawler, Lancer, Warrior, Mystic, Priest and Slayer classes dubbed “Apex” skills.
“Nothing lasts forever in the world of TERA, not even its mighty gods. The Godsfall update introduces a time-traveling story quest, available to level 65 characters of the seven chosen classes with an item level of 439 or higher, taking players back through time to defeat the powerful dragon Khemadia. Players will find themselves facing their own personal demons as they progress through the quests, including their Temper, Self-Doubt, and Guilt in this god-killing, time-traveling mission.”
Not one of those classes? You’ll be waiting for your own update later in 2018.
A new Blade & Soul
patch has arrived, and it is indisputably the best patch the game has seen because it allows you to fight a giant robot
. Don’t waste your time complaining that a giant robot doesn’t fit the game’s milieu; you have to fight a giant robot, which brings you one step closer to being able to pilot
a giant robot, which is clearly the desired end point.
Specifically, the patch introduces the Automaton Assault event dungeon through May 2nd, pitting players against Hongsil’s maddened creation, Princess Bloodlust. There’s also an associated limited-time jackpot with a new outfit in the mix, so you’ll have even more reason to throw in your lot against the crazy robot.
Other features of the patch? Well, if you really aren’t sufficiently delighted by fighting a giant robot named “Princess Bloodlust” for some reason, daily challenge quests have been updated and Chromatic Thread is now bind-to-account. But the main focus, as mentioned, is fighting a giant robot. That’s a good thing.
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Tomorrow’s a big day for Blade & Soul
players: NCsoft is dropping a new update with both content events and gameplay tweaks
. The headliner is the Automaton Assault event dungeon, which will be open through May 2nd.
“Players level 50 and above can help Hongsil regain control of Princess Bloodlust by accepting Helping Hongsil from your Quest letters. After you run to Hongsil’s Workshop and complete the Daily Quest, Automaton Assault, you’ll receive an Automaton Assault Chest. The Automaton Assault Chest contains 5 Shop Gears (event token) and a chance at 1 Princess Cannonball (cannon token), along with some additional rewards.”
NCsoft is also adjusting daily challenge quests, Temple of Eluvium accessories, and Sundered Nexus drops. The video walkthrough for the new event dungeon is below!
Call ’em golems, call ’em automatons, or call ’em war machines, at the end of the day, they’re robots in a fantasy setting, and we have to be OK with that.
Actually more than OK, because robots are awesome and sometimes they go haywire and we get a valid excuse to go beat some up. This will happen next week with the onset of the Automaton Assault event dungeon in Blade and Soul, which will be running from April 11th through May 2nd.
This level 50 limited-time dungeon tasks players with putting down a robot uprising, all for cosmetics and other rewards. Players can even secure the winner of Blade and Soul’s 2018 costume design contest, which ended up being Phantom Flower (spoiler: It has flowers on it).
Fans of console-based hacking and/or slashing should rejoice today, as TERA
is now out for consoles. En Masse happily touts it in the trailer down below as the only MMO with “true” action combat, which means that all of the other MMOs with action combat are just pretending to screw with your head or something. Have as much fun with that one in the comments as you like.
Regardless of some mildly silly claims, the console version features a new lock-on targeting system, specialized control schemes for each class (which can be customized or changed), streaming tools, and native voice chat. Whether you’re already fond of the game and just want to play it on a console or have never tried it out before, it’s a day for some celebration. Worth noting is that you can still buy the founder’s packs for the game if you want, even though this is the “proper” free-to-play launch.
The big day is almost upon us, as TERA
will launch its console edition tomorrow, April 3rd, on both Xbox One and PlayStation 4. En Masse said that both versions will go live as of midnight EDT
, at which point you may download and jump into the MMO.
To prepare for the release of the hyped console edition, TERA is bringing its PS4 and Xbone servers down for maintenance today for a couple of hours.
If you’re a Twitch Prime member, you can secure several useful goodies for TERA’s console version right now. And if the console launch doesn’t excite you at all, what about the Godsfall content patch that’s coming in a couple of weeks?