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New version of MMO attracts half a million gamers since business model switch last month; total registered user base now stands at over 1 million.

Fantasy massively multiplayer online game Tera added more than 500,000 new players since the game adopted a free-to-play business model, Gameforge announced today. The total number of registered players for Tera: Rising now stands at over 1 million.

Gameforge said it opened six new game servers shortly after the game's free-to-play relaunch last month to accommodate the "high demand" for the game. Tera players have created about 1.5 million characters since the game switched business models, Gameforge said.

It was also revealed that the game's Castanic race is the most popular with new Tera: Rising players, followed by humans and high elves. Warriors are the most popular class, Gameforge said, followed by the sorcerer and the archer.

Tera is the latest MMO game to drop its subscription fee, following Lord of the Rings Online, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, EverQuest II, Aion, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Bethesda has not said if its upcoming MMO game The Elder Scrolls Online will carry a subscription fee, though consultant Nicholas Lovell believes the game will launch with a subscription before going free-to-play.

Source: http://www.gamespot.com/news/tera-adds-500000-players-since-going-free-to-play-6405262



    

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I tried it out after taking a very long break from GW2. It's a really beautiful game, definitely the prettiest mmo i've played. The combat system is pretty unique too, it actually supports a 360 controller straight out of the settings menu. It plays more like an action game than an mmo. Like you can actually press a button to block an attack n stuff.

The free to play system is definitely better than Swtors free to play system which has so many restrictions it's not funny.



UnitSmiley said:
I tried it out after taking a very long break from GW2. It's a really beautiful game, definitely the prettiest mmo i've played. The combat system is pretty unique too, it actually supports a 360 controller straight out of the settings menu. It plays more like an action game than an mmo. Like you can actually press a button to block an attack n stuff.

The free to play system is definitely better than Swtors free to play system which has so many restrictions it's not funny.


Oh snap...hmmm I wonder if I should try it out with my PS3 controller although I promised myself never to touch a mmo ever again n__n



    

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BasilZero said:
UnitSmiley said:
I tried it out after taking a very long break from GW2. It's a really beautiful game, definitely the prettiest mmo i've played. The combat system is pretty unique too, it actually supports a 360 controller straight out of the settings menu. It plays more like an action game than an mmo. Like you can actually press a button to block an attack n stuff.

The free to play system is definitely better than Swtors free to play system which has so many restrictions it's not funny.


Oh snap...hmmm I wonder if I should try it out with my PS3 controller although I promised myself never to touch a mmo ever again n__n


Go ahead and try it if you want :p. I like the aesthetic style and the general look of the game (got that anime flair), but I stopped playing because mmo's just take up SO much time to make any progress it seems. Especially if you want to do pvp or endgame stuff, as it requires you to almost have the best pieces of equipment just to participate.

I think companies are finding that F2P with cashshop can make a lot of money. As long as they don't make it pay 2 win than there is no harm in a free to play system as usually it allows for a much larger player base. Guild Wars 2 does the cash shop right, with a few exp boosters and armor dyes/sets that are only for aesthetics. Nothing significant over non paying players.

I would really like to try the new FFXIV when it finally comes out but that subscription seems like it might stop me. Perhaps after a while it will adopt a F2P system as well, though I doubt it as even FFXI still has a sub fee haha.



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UnitSmiley said:


Go ahead and try it if you want :p. I like the aesthetic style and the general look of the game (got that anime flair), but I stopped playing because mmo's just take up SO much time to make any progress it seems. Especially if you want to do pvp or endgame stuff, as it requires you to almost have the best pieces of equipment just to participate.

I think companies are finding that F2P with cashshop can make a lot of money. As long as they don't make it pay 2 win than there is no harm in a free to play system as usually it allows for a much larger player base. Guild Wars 2 does the cash shop right, with a few exp boosters and armor dyes/sets that are only for aesthetics. Nothing significant over non paying players.

I would really like to try the new FFXIV when it finally comes out but that subscription seems like it might stop me. Perhaps after a while it will adopt a F2P system as well, though I doubt it as even FFXI still has a sub fee haha.


@Bolded/underline/italic - Yep that is the reason why I stopped playing MMOs too, I tried a few like Ragnarok Online (although this one was my main one for years), WoW (it was Ok), FlyFF (man that was horrible) and the Shin Megami Tensei MMO (which was OK but it installed something that was killing off my net >_>).

I'm still surprised that FFXI is still online but that is probably because of FFXIV subscriptions etc. Maybe in the future they'll make it F2P - I was also surprised that they released it on xbox360 only recently lol.

I still wanna try out FFXI but man oh man I cant see myself paying for it ;x - btw the above MMOs the ones that are usually P2P I played private servers ;p.



    

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That's really good to hear. I loved Tera! It was a great game. The combat and required skill to pvp successfully was a nice change of pace for MMO's I thought. Definitely a gorgeous game too. Hopefully this is will help keep it around and populated for a while to come. Check it out if you are looking for a very focused combat driven MMO.



BasilZero said:
UnitSmiley said:


Go ahead and try it if you want :p. I like the aesthetic style and the general look of the game (got that anime flair), but I stopped playing because mmo's just take up SO much time to make any progress it seems. Especially if you want to do pvp or endgame stuff, as it requires you to almost have the best pieces of equipment just to participate.

I think companies are finding that F2P with cashshop can make a lot of money. As long as they don't make it pay 2 win than there is no harm in a free to play system as usually it allows for a much larger player base. Guild Wars 2 does the cash shop right, with a few exp boosters and armor dyes/sets that are only for aesthetics. Nothing significant over non paying players.

I would really like to try the new FFXIV when it finally comes out but that subscription seems like it might stop me. Perhaps after a while it will adopt a F2P system as well, though I doubt it as even FFXI still has a sub fee haha.


@Bolded/underline/italic - Yep that is the reason why I stopped playing MMOs too, I tried a few like Ragnarok Online (although this one was my main one for years), WoW (it was Ok), FlyFF (man that was horrible) and the Shin Megami Tensei MMO (which was OK but it installed something that was killing off my net >_>).

I'm still surprised that FFXI is still online but that is probably because of FFXIV subscriptions etc. Maybe in the future they'll make it F2P - I was also surprised that they released it on xbox360 only recently lol.

I still wanna try out FFXI but man oh man I cant see myself paying for it ;x - btw the above MMOs the ones that are usually P2P I played private servers ;p.

I know right? then if you miss a few days of playtime you feel like you are so behind the rest of y our friends who play (if you play with a group). Pretty high maintenance. Yeah private servers can be a lot of fun actually, if you find a good one.

The last I heard FFXI still has around 500,000 subscribers and is actually getting a new expansion too. Square really has been supporting it well, especially for how old it is. I can't find the numbers now but I remember reading that FFXI made Square a lot of money and that's why they are so hard at work with revamping FFXIV.



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I know right? then if you miss a few days of playtime you feel like you are so behind the rest of y our friends who play (if you play with a group). Pretty high maintenance. Yeah private servers can be a lot of fun actually, if you find a good one.

The last I heard FFXI still has around 500,000 subscribers and is actually getting a new expansion too. Square really has been supporting it well, especially for how old it is. I can't find the numbers now but I remember reading that FFXI made Square a lot of money and that's why they are so hard at work with revamping FFXIV.


Whoops I meant to say "Surprised its still P2P" not "Its still Online" l0l.

Wait there's another expansion coming out O_O? Damn that is awesome that they are still supporting it - I wonder if its possible to reboot the game graphic wise - keep the accounts , etc and re-release it next gen ;o.



    

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BasilZero said:
UnitSmiley said:
I tried it out after taking a very long break from GW2. It's a really beautiful game, definitely the prettiest mmo i've played. The combat system is pretty unique too, it actually supports a 360 controller straight out of the settings menu. It plays more like an action game than an mmo. Like you can actually press a button to block an attack n stuff.

The free to play system is definitely better than Swtors free to play system which has so many restrictions it's not funny.


Oh snap...hmmm I wonder if I should try it out with my PS3 controller although I promised myself never to touch a mmo ever again n__n

You won't be disappointed. I tried it out too and the game is great. I use my PS3 controller as well, since a keyboard and mouse for this type of game be just be awkward.



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