TERA interim CEO: ‘TERA and En Masse aren’t going anywhere’

    
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So many colors in the anger rainbow.
En Masse Interim CEO Sam Kim participated in a Reddit AMA for TERA players today, ostensibly to calm nerves after the company announced a round of layoffs and downsizing earlier this week.

One of the topics Kim addressed was the specific relationship between En Masse and BlueHole, a topic that’s been big in our own TERA comments lately.

“At the super high level, BlueHole is the developer of TERA and En Masse is the North American publisher for TERA. There are variations to the model but, at its base-core, the roles and responsibilities break down as such: The developer is responsible for the game, content update, balance, in-game features, event tools, web, monetization systems, and backend integration pieces. The publisher is responsible for account integration, billing, community engagement, player support, marketing, web development, event planning, monetization feedback (as it pertains to their market), gameplay feedback (as it pertains to their market), and testing (market testing, possibly some QA).

The extra thing with En Masse and BlueHole is that we’re part of the same company (En Masse is a wholly owned subsidiary of BlueHole). And because of that, we’ve been able to work more closely with BlueHole on a lot of things. We had more access to in-game mechanics than a publisher typically would with games. And while things haven’t been perfect ALL of the time, we’ve seen impact that we wouldn’t have seen in a super-traditional partnership.”

As to the layoffs themselves, Kim explained that the staff reduction was in large part to “ensure that TERA’s service lasts for a long long time.” More than 35 people remain at En Masse, “almost all of them […] working on TERA in some fashion.” He says En Masse aims to improve visibility on the status of game updates, and though he’s tight-lipped on the precise reasons his predecessor, Chris Lee, resigned from the studio, he reassures players that “TERA and En Masse aren’t going anywhere.”

And what about the player population in the face of stiff competition? Kim answered players worried about a dwindling playerbase:

“I totally feel your pain, a bunch of folks that I play with are also trying out [Blade and Soul] and [Black Desert]. I like those games too, but I feel like TERA is still fun and has special qualities that can’t be mimic-ed (is that a word?). It’s why I think TERA still has a long life and I believe that, given time, hard work, and awesome things from our part, players will come back.”

Source: Reddit
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Husvik ayatesart Thanks!  I think I’ll stick w/ Tera as my secondary MMO to WoW.  The action combat is a nice change of pace, even though I’m not as into the Asian MMO look as much.

Husvik
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Husvik

Xijit Being completely honest here, if they did that I’d be back in a flash. The way it is right now makes playing it pointless.
I even think i “posted” on it a few times as i was in such amazement, but during my first two characters in BnS i was in heaven with the fact that I’m actually leveling at a normal rate. It felt balanced, proper, well thought out, they care about their game and players. Mostly it’s how every game on the planet does it but…

Coming from Tera, it felt like a f’in feature of BnS, to actually do content at proper levels, OMG!!! It was so nice to do content at levels they were intended to be done at. The challenge was there and the rewards mattered.

Husvik
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Husvik

ayatesart Given a choice between GW2 or Tera, 

Tera is a far better mmo.

plynky12
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plynky12

Yes, it is a word, but it is spelled ‘Mimicked.’

Nakua
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Nakua

Players will not come back if you continue to remove fun content and adding crappy ones nobody asked for.
Fate of Arun was the worst update, they remove lots of fun dungeons, very sad that BH don’t understand a simple fact like this, can be the death of the game.

MetaDune
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ayatesart GW2 progression is horizontal so you’ll be grinding for items that won’t impact end game as much. Tera is more traditional so you’ll do dungeon runs to gear up. Each game is unique so both games compliment each other imo. GW2 f2p is a bit more restrictive since its mainly a b2p game though

ManastuUtakata
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ManastuUtakata

Qarran 
You can’t roll an Elin army in BDO. <3

Archebius
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Archebius

thatchefdude Well, I think this is more dealing with the fallout from the layoffs that already occurred. Fighting fires.

Xijit
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Xijit

Since it sounds like this guy reads Massively and saw the pissing contest I more of less instigated:
USE THAT “ADDITIONAL” INFLUENCE WITH BLUE HOLE TO SET UP A LOW XP / HIGH LOOT DROP SERVER FOR THOSE OF US WHO LIKE QUESTING AT A PACE WHERE YOU CAN FOLLOW THE QUEST LINE WITHOUT OVER LEVELING IT + PREFER TO DEAL WITH STRONG ENEMIES BY CRAFTING BETTER GEAR.
… Do that and I would at the least take a break from BDO to dig into it a couple times a week.

ayatesart
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ayatesart

Trying this and Guild Wars 2, since they’re both free.

Need a 2nd MMORPG to play on the side when I’m not playing WoW.  My graphics card is too lame for ESO….

I really, really enjoy the combat in Tera, but I like the world more in GW2.
I’m thinking Tera might be better in the long run because I lean PvE and just from reading the latest GW2 news.

Your thoughts?  Anyone have insight on Tera’s endgame??