I kinda can’t believe I’m typing this, but it appears that En Masse Entertainment, which has run TERA here in North America for the last eight years and has been a going concern for the last 11, just announced that it’s closing its studio doors.
“Today, it is with a heavy heart that we begin the process of discontinuing the business of En Masse Entertainment,” a Facebook post from the studio reads this afternoon. “Our focus in the coming weeks and months will be on our team, helping them to find new opportunities, and on our games, to ensure a seamless transition for you. If you are in the industry and are looking for the best talent, please email Eme.firstname.lastname@example.org.”
It does appear that both TERA and Closers will continue on here in the west, though it’s not clear who exactly will be taking them over or why En Masse is folding.
“For those of you that are interested in TERA or Closers, there will be news in the coming weeks,” the studio says. “Rest assured, support for those titles will continue.”
If we had to guess, we’d suspect that Bluehole might opt to self-publish or that Gameforge, which runs TERA in Europe, might take up the mantle. We’ll update as soon as we know, but in the meantime, our hearts go out to the developers affected by the closure.