TERA introduces new lootboxes for purchase, and they’re full of money

A lot of games have found ways to play with the idea of buying gold, usually with some form of currency exchange regulated by the game: You buy an item for subscription time with real money, someone else buys it for gold, you get the gold. TERA has decided to cut out the middleman with the Federation Gem Crates. You buy those, you get gems. What do you do with gems? You sell them to merchants for a lot of money.

Of course, it wouldn’t be a lootbox without some element of randomness, so you’ll never be sure of exactly what you get within a given crate. There are four different gem packages available, each one retailing for a different amount from merchants, so you could luck out and get a lot of money or wind up with very little money on a whole. But probably not, as player trial runs have shown it’s a bad bet.

So yes, it’s a lootbox selling in-game money. That’s a thing now.

Source: Official Site; thanks to Leiloni for the tip!
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berryble

What a surprise, this is coming from the same game that have announced new hairstyles that will be hidden away behind an RNG and to top it all off will AUTOMATICALLY apply the random hairstyle unless you pay extra! What a trash of a game, nobody should ever even consider touching this game, the combat doesn’t substitute for the trash that is the content as well as the atrocious cash shop as well as the fact that most of the player base uses 3rd party tools to “enhance” their gameplay (Be it use scripts to reduce the ping tax or just other “QoL” scripts that are borderline hacks).

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k2apa

Not so rare in Browser and Mobile games tho…

Literally any Mobile MMORPG game you go into, there will be Cash Shops that sells in-game gold. Tho not in the form of LootBoxes.

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Nathan Aldana

You would think it;d be simpler to just do like warcraft and or EVE and have a gold to money conversion tool

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Armsbend

How does that promote gambling though?

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rafael12104

Bewildering, really. Or maybe not. So you use real money to buy these loot boxes? Or is it game currency?

Either way, they are getting closer and closer to dropping all pretense and offering a slot machine.

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Leiloni

You spend real money to buy the loot boxes from the cash shop, but all cash shop items in TERA can be sold on the auction house or directly to other players. So some are doing that instead.

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kgptzac

This gotta be one of the nominee of most retarded lootbox of 2018. Is it so hard to imitate BnS’s auction house style gold buying method?

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Vunak

Haha TERA gg. Some of you know me as an advocate for TERA and its combat system. I’ve always been in TERA’s corner rooting for it to pull through since it has great potential in the right hands.

But I abandoned TERA a few months back because I was just sick of being stepped on and spit on by the development company and publisher. They have no respect at all for their player base. This was the last straw I don’t ever see myself returning to TERA after this. Which is a shame because I love the game and my Sorcerer (as you can see from my Avatar picture).

Played TERA since release off and on and have over 4000 hours on my Sorcerer. RIP old friend.

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Robert Mann

Yay, more gambling for something that’s even more pointless! Seriously, in game money? Do people still manage to need that stuff in these games?

Ah, I see. They basically put stuff in game for insane prices of in game currency, and are using this to be able to say that it “Isn’t pay to win, because they aren’t selling that stuff on the store.”

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Armsbend

Nothing is more liberating than dropping these trashy free-to-plays forever. Once you leave you will never go back I assure you.

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Utakata

I must admit, I haven’t TERA for awhile now. But that’s more the evident that I found Blade & Soul is a better quality game currently…not because it’s F2P trash.

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Pepperzine

I’m conflicted with how I feel about this. While I agree it is liberating to an extent, it’s also disappointing. The combat in TERA is so much fun (in my opinion) and I loved the initial race/class spread they had at launch. Quitting was very bitter sweet for me.

As to leaving and not going back, I’ll have to disagree. I’ve left and come back seeking the things I’ve mentioned above (particularly the combat). I never stay long, as the the pay to win drives me away very quickly, but I do miss the game as it was prior to going to free-to-play.

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Armsbend

Fore the brief time I played ESO (which I count as a F2P since they basically give away the base game every couple of months just to keep the coveted B2P tag) I’d see an ESO article here and hesitate opening it knowing it would be some way to separate people’s money from them minus the hard work instead of actual good content to take people’s money away.

I’m sure people tire of people saying that their game is best but knowing every warcraft article is about new stuff – instead of what the next lockbox costume is – makes reading articles about your favorite MMO fun – instead of a rage inducing chore.

That alone is worth $15 – not waiting for the ‘screw you customer’ shoe to drop. The fact you get a fun game on top of it is more candy. I don’t care that it’s old looking now.

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Pepperzine

That makes sense to me. I personally can’t go back to WoW, partially due to me being biased by comparisons I draw to how the game used to be and how it is now, but also because I’m at the point where I find combat based on tab-target to be uninteresting. I’m in for the ride for classic servers, as my enjoyment from them overrides my displeasure for tab-target, but other than that I’m solidly done with giving WoW chances in its current iteration.

But, back on topic. I’ll get an itch from former free-to-play titles I have enjoyed in the past, but that itch is very quickly satisfied and I move on. TERA has been that way for me, where I know what’s awaiting me and how much they have hurt the game with their development designs, but I can’t help trying to satisfy that occasional itch.

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Armsbend

I hear you. I’m brand new to the game so it’s all fresh now. I’m sure I will tire of it as well in a year or so. Hopefully not, we’ll see.

Maybe we’ll get some New World info before then.

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Pepperzine

With BoE equipment for sale and the golds costs being tied to their endgame gear enchanting/upgrading materials this is just another pay to win option available in TERA’s cash shop. No need for any uproar though, as when I used to play, the game was already blatantly pay to win with the options available in the cash shop.

Last time I posted this someone wanted to know specifically how, so I’ll quote myself from that article to be proactive about it and save time.

Mind you, I haven’t played in awhile but this is what it was like when I quit.

First, there was extensive alkhest. This was enchanting powder that came from lock boxes in the cash shop which had improved odds of successfully raising an enchanting level compared to the normal alkhest you could buy on a merchant.

Then there were blessed and noble enigmatic scrolls which also came in lockboxes. Unlike regular master enigmatic scrolls one of these scrolls had increased odds to master work a piece of gear and the other gave you guaranteed masterwork.

Then there were spell binds which, you guessed it, came in lockboxes. This powder allowed you to save specific random rolls on gear when you identified it. This allows you to get the perfect rolls easier and for less rerolls.

They also had special events for their strongboxes which when opened with keys from the cash shop had the chance to give enchanting and identifing materials in large quantities.

On top of that they sold instance lockout reset scrolls granting you the ability to rerun dungeons that you should be locked out from. Essentially, if you paid money you could run dungeons for loot as many times as you want verse having to week a day or week.

Finally, all of the cosmetics from the cash shop can be sold for gold which could be used to buy bind on equip pve gear, enchanting materials, identifing materials, and materials used to craft the best gear (via argon vitriol).

As I said in the beginning, I’m sure some of this is outdated now, but that was the state of the pay to win when I left.