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Studio known in the west chiefly for action MMO TERA

TERA outlines the rest of its 2017 plans

Don’t you like it when a studio meticulously plans ahead and then gives you a nice and tidy timeline of those plans? TERA isn’t keeping you in the dark with its fall schedule, posting a development roadmap on the site today that points to the future of this action MMO.

Coming in October is a ton to do and see, including Halloween, an overhaul to enchanting and gear progression, and a pair of dungeons that will send players running through a weapons facility and a biomechanical kennel. The Arsenal content update is scheduled for October 10th. Sounds fun!

The Elin Gunner combo is scheduled to arrive in November, and past that is the return of the Broken Prison, a new open world hunting event, the Wintera holiday, and the Human Male Brawler class.

Get a look at October’s Arsenal update after the break!

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TERA M gives a taste of its gameplay, combat, and pig ridin’

With the mobile spin-off of TERA launching in Korea this November and moving on to the west in 2018, it is probably high time that we get to know what this hand-held MMO has to offer.

Enter… the features video. Actually, without a Korean translator on hand, it’s a little difficult to know exactly what features this video is promoting, but it is pretty eye candy nevertheless. You can see what looks like a beginner area, characters emoting, flight, combat, and (of course) someone riding a pig.

Curious what classes and races will be present in the game? Many TERA staples will make the jump, although they will be only available in a fixed race-class offering.

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TERA rolls the dice with its Demon’s Wheel dungeon

Face it: If you were going to play it safe and normal, you wouldn’t be hanging out in TERA’s back yard anyway. So don’t start balking when you see a giant gambling demon inviting you into his personal dungeon for a deadly game of chance.

On Tuesday, TERA released its Demon’s Wheel update that starred the titular dungeon. Inside are villagers who are trapped by their own addiction to vice (helped along by two powerful demons, of course). If you think that the odds are stacked against you, just wait: One of the bosses can’t be killed. Seriously. You just have to get lucky to win the encounter.

TERA is also preparing for a couple of fall events: Bamarama that’s starting on September 14th and the Rootstock Harvest Festival (starting soon™). “Players looking to try their luck in a less deadly setting won’t have to wait long when the popular Bamarama event, which pits two BAMs (Big Ass Monsters) against each in single combat,” the team said.

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The MOP Up: Skyforge gets a dark rush with the Revenant (September 10, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

Maybe you’ll discover a new game in this space — or be reminded of an old favorite! This week we have stories and videos from Master X MasterBlade and SoulEVE OnlineRoboManiacHearthstoneHyper UniverseThe Black DeathPokemon GoRuneScapeTERA MChampions OnlineWurm OnlineFinal Fantasy XIGiganticAllods OnlineHellionLeague of LegendsDiablo III, and Path of Exile, all waiting for you after the break!

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PAX West 2017: Playing Kritika Online’s upcoming Psion class in Shattered Table

En Masse recently introduced the newest class coming to Kritika Online, and while visiting the studio’s offices during PAX West 2017, I was able to dive in and play it. This Psion class — a combination of swordsman and mage —  generates psychic swords to slice, dice, and generally Ginsu her enemies to pieces. One skill even allows her to throw her blades, which combined with her guns (bound to right click) gives her good ranged options during battle. As I am not the biggest fan of in-your-face combat, I appreciated having options to move me outside of melee range and keep attacking.

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PAX West 2017: Taking ‘control’ of TERA on console

It’s all about the controller: My En Masse Entertainment PAX West office visit last weekend included a hands-on with TERA on console.

Now, I have played TERA before, and it isn’t a game I have returned to with regularity, though I do still return and dabble. Interestingly enough, after this experience, I learned that things might have been different had I been playing the game on console.

As much as I didn’t really like and wasn’t used to movement (I didn’t get the hang of looking the direction I wanted to), I really enjoyed the combat with the controller during my demo. I discovered actually preferred TERA’s combat on the controller than on the keyboard, so I agree the dev’s words: “It’s TERA’s true action combat that makes it such a great fit for consoles and game pad controls.”

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PAX West 2017: Taking a closer look at En Masse’s Closers

When I visited the En Masse offices during PAX West, it was a crash course in learning how to use a controller — which I haven’t picked up in years — as I was introduced to Closers, an episodic anime online RPG. The game has five different characters players can choose from from the Black Lambs, each with its own personality and dialogue with all the NPCs. For my hands-on, I played Seha (a melee swordsman), but there is also Sylvi, Yuri, Misteltein, and J.

Devs noted that the story of Closers is very important; the game itself is story-driven. The characters are all teens with psychic abilities brought together as a team to fight back the interdimensional monsters that are pouring into New Seoul (Old Seoul was devastated during the last invasion) through portals.

These portals, of course, need closing.

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TERA brings a roll of the dungeon dice with its next update on September 12

Good luck with the next dungeon arriving in TERA on September 12th. You’ll need it, because the new Demon’s Wheel dungeon is all about luck. Seriously. You’ll be heading in to deal with the bosses after you find out that people are gambling away everything, and in order to deal with the bosses you’ll fight them… with gambling.

Bandersnatch sends out explosions that require players to know his patterns ahead of time, something that can be determined by talking to the residents of the shantytown for hints. Demoros, meanwhile, is not a boss you can kill; you have to beat him by rolling the dice and collecting coins that rain from above. The dungeon is available for players above item level 423, so get ready to take a chance and hope luck is on your side when you face the new dungeon next week.

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Perfect Ten: MMOs that changed their names

Names and titles fascinate me. While sometimes they have no deeper meaning than to sound pleasant and be memorable, a label can indicate purpose, history, and connection. MMORPG names are, of course, as varied as the stars in the sky, with many of them slapping “online” or “age of” somewhere in there to designate their category. But every so often, we witness a game that changes its name as part of its development and business evolution.

Today I wanted to run down 10 MMOs (well, nine MMOs and one expansion) that received notable name changes over the years. I’m not going to talk about games that created a weird rebrand for a business model shift but mostly stuck with the original title afterward (such as DDO Unlimited or WildStar Reloaded), but instead games that had vastly different names than what they ended up using.
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TERA M brings some (but not all) of your classes and races to mobile

In case it slipped your attention when we reported on it last month, TERA is indeed receiving a full-fledged mobile spin-off. The game, called TERA M, is a prologue of sorts to the current action MMO and is being developed by Netmarble.

More details are emerging from Korea about what players can expect to find when they pick up TERA M, such as the choice of characters. The studio revealed the class and race lineup, with each race in the mobile game sporting a single, set class. And yes, everyone’s favorite childlike Elin are back, if you were wondering.

The roster includes: Elin Priest, Human Female Brawler, Baraka Lancer, High Elf Archer, Human Male Slayer, and the Popori Alchemist. The latter is apparently a brand-new class created just for the mobile game.

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En Masse is bringing Closers Online to the west this fall

We are glad to say that the rumors were 100% correct: En Masse Entertainment is indeed bringing Closers Online (which it is now simply calling Closers) to the west this fall.

The company announced today that it will be publishing Naddic Games-developed Closers in North America and Europe later this year. Closed alpha tests are scheduled for September with a beta to follow, and players can sign up right now to be part of the testing process.

Closers is an online action RPG that features an anime cast of psychic teens who battle interdimensional aliens trying to invade New Seoul. That was a fun sentence to write. It’s definitely a high-octane button-masher, with big numbers and flashy combat, all set in a slightly-more-advanced time than our own. There will be five classes/characters from which to choose at launch, each with their own looks and fighting style.

We’re meeting with the En Masse team at PAX next week, so stay tuned for more info!

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Kritika Online publishes fall roadmap, will officially launch in September

One of this summer’s sleeper MMO hits has to be Kritika Online, a soft-launched action title published by En Masse Entertainment. It might not be the deepest of all MMORPGs, but what it lacks for in progress it makes up for in pizzaz.

This week, the team posted a roadmap of its plans for the game over the next few months as it wraps up its open beta period. The major highlights include:

  • August: A two-player instance, The Shattered Table, is coming at the end of the month, as is arena and PvP modes.
  • September: Kritika will officially launch and become available on Steam. There will also be an update that should flesh out high-level content with new missions.
  • October: The Psion class is poised to come into the game this month, bringing thematically interesting hybrid play for those looking to a different experience.
  • Winter: En Masse has a lot more on deck for this game, including the Prodigy and Monk classes, a level cap increase to 70, PvP rankings, and more danger zones.

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Earn a new mount in TERA by leveling a new character in Kritika Online

There are, presumably, more people enjoying TERA right now than enjoying Kritika Online. That’s sort of to be expected; the former is an established game, the latter is new. So it’s quite possible that you’re playing TERA and haven’t yet played Kritika… but what if the developers enticed you with a new mount you can earn just by leveling up in Kritika several times? Until August 31st you can earn one of two mounts in TERA just by hitting level 20 or 50 in Kritika during the promotional period.

It’s worth noting that players who have already hit level 20 or 50 will have to start a new character to earn these benefits; an existing character doesn’t count. But other than that, it may be the ideal promo for anyone looking to ride a love wolf in TERA, since all you have to do is play another game for a bit to get the mount for free, including a version that restores your health as you ride. So if you haven’t tried the game, consider this your motivation for getting in on it.

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