SEATTLE – February 1, 2012 – En Masse Entertainment TM , a gamer-built publisher focused on delivering fun and innovative online games, announced today that its award-winning, PC-based action MMO title, TERA TM , is now available for pre-order from the company’s website and retailers throughout North America for $49.99. Players who pre-order TERA will have access to all of the game’s Closed Beta Tests, scheduled to take place from February through April, as well as an exclusive Head Start play period over the weekend prior to the game’s launch on May 1st.
“By breaking away from yesterday’s repetitive combat systems, and delivering real action, TERA is going to keep players on their toes and actively engaged in the game,” said Chris Lee, Vice President of Publishing at En Masse Entertainment. “The days of staring at your skill bar while pounding the Tab key are over. By requiring players to actively aim, dodge, and block, TERA’s action combat introduces real skill to MMO gameplay.”
En Masse Entertainment will be releasing two collector’s editions of TERA—a traditional boxed edition and a digital download. Both will grant players unique in-game items, including the Regal Frostlion Mount for in-game mounted travel, and two equippable items: the level 15 Velik’s Bloodstone Necklace and the level 40 Shakan’s Bloodstone Necklace.
Available in limited quantities, the physical Limited Collector’s Edition will include collectable items such as a Letter of Marque, a canvas world map, a field guide, a Valkyon Federation-issued compass, and a game soundtrack, for $79.99. The Digital Collector’s Edition will be offered for $59.99. Both versions include 30 days of game time.
En Masse Entertainment will be hosting five Closed Beta Tests for TERA, allowing select gamers the opportunity to get into the game and preview its blend of action-heavy combat and traditional MMO depth. The Closed Beta Tests, the Open Beta Test that will be open to the general public closer to launch, and Head Start will take place on the following dates:
· Closed Beta Test 1: February 10 – 12
· Closed Beta Test 2: February 24 – 26
· Closed Beta Test 3: March 9 – 11
· Closed Beta Test 4: March 23 – 25
· Closed Beta Test 5: April 6 – 8
· Open Beta Test: April 19 – 22
· Head Start: April 28 – May 1
Gamers can pre-order TERA now, and ensure their place in the Closed Beta Tests, by clicking here: store.enmasse.com. Additionally, gamers who sign up at TERA-online.com may be chosen at random to participate in the upcoming Beta Tests.
To further celebrate the upcoming launch of this innovative game, En Masse Entertainment is debuting a new series of videos featuring the “MMO-FO,” which will be ongoing throughout the Closed Beta period. This video series, starring mixed martial arts legend Bas Rutten, brings the concept of action combat to life as only Bas can. The first “MMO-FO” video can be viewed here, and downloaded below.
The recipient of multiple industry honors and accolades, TERA is a new breed of online game that combines all the depth of a traditional MMO with the visceral gratification of an action game. In TERA, players must actively aim, dodge and block, as the game’s real-time combat system depends not on stats, but on player skill. After creating a customized character from one of seven races and eight classes, players enter a world of savage beauty, joining an armed alliance in a bid to save the world from ravaging armies who threaten to destroy their lives, their world, and their reality.
ASSETS: The all-new “MMO-FO” video, as well as screenshots and box art for TERA, can be found at:
Folder: TERA Beta Release Assets
En Masse Entertainment will be releasing more information in the coming weeks on TERA and Beta Events, which will help to ready the game for its inaugural release in North America on May 1st. For more information on TERA, please visit TERA-online.com.
TERA is developed by Bluehole Studio TM , co-produced and published by En Masse Entertainment in North America and distributed at retail by Atari.
About En Masse Entertainment
En Masse Entertainment is an online game publisher based in Seattle, Washington. The company’s mission is to use its expertise to bring stellar online games to new markets. TERA, En Masse’s inaugural Action MMORPG project, is being developed by Bluehole Studio, Inc. for launch in spring 2012. The close-knit team at En Masse includes experts in online technology, game production, branding, community, and localization, allowing them to bring online games to Western audiences at the highest levels of quality and cultural relevance. For more information, visit EnMasse.com.
About Bluehole Studio
Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, Bluehole Studio, Inc. aspires to become the preeminent global MMORPG developer through its unwavering belief in its people and its core values. Bluehole formed in 2007 with a focus on attracting pioneers and innovators with a shared vision to create the next flagship MMO for the global market. The studio’s inaugural title, TERA TM , has successfully launched in Korea and features a dynamic battle system, next-generation graphics, and a gamer-centric community experience. For more information, visit http://bluehole.net/english/main.html.
About ATARI, SA
Atari Group is a global creator, producer and publisher of interactive entertainment. Atari's brands and content are available across all key traditional and digital distribution touch points, including browser-based and social online platforms, PC, consoles from Microsoft, Nintendo and Sony, and advanced smart phones (i.e. iPhone, Android and RIM devices).
Divisions of Atari, SA include Cryptic Studios, Eden Studios, Atari Interactive, Inc., and Atari, Inc. Atari benefits from the strength of its worldwide brand and its extensive catalogue of contemporary classic game franchises (Asteroids ® , Centipede ® , Missile Command ® , Lunar Lander ® ), original owned franchises (Test Drive ® , Backyard Sports ® , Deer Hunter ® ), MMO games from Cryptic Studios (Star Trek TM Online, Champions TM ), and third party franchises (Ghostbusters ® , Rollercoaster Tycoon ® , Dungeons and Dragons ® ). Atari also leverages the power of its franchises to deliver movies and merchandise to consumers around the world.
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Jeane Wong | Brian Alexander
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