“We’ll release our first major build of 2016 in early March. This build will increment us several versions ahead of our current version, bringing not only new content, but also several new EME-developed systems and initiatives. For content, this update features a hard mode for the recently released Forsaken Isle max-level dungeon, an upgrade to the Dreadspire challenge dungeon (dubbed “Dreadspire Season 2” by the developers), and the transformation of the Island of Dawn into a max-level hunting zone. En Masse Entertainment is also working internally on some development projects to be released alongside this update.”
The in-game store is “first up” on the to-do list; you can also expect a new VIP loyalty system. February will see the “romantic return” of Kyra’s Pop-Up Potion Shack.
But TERA forumgoers have responded to the dev post by downvoting it into oblivion. The anger centers on accusations of poor community management, game issues arising from the recent so-called “half patch” that introduced the Brawler, and the apparent delay of core game updates until March.
In other TERA news, the game will this weekend play host to a Big Brawl tournament, in which six streamers created guilds to train for this best-of-three showdown. “Big prizes” await the winning team. The tourney begins on Friday, January 15th, at 4 p.m. EST.