Except for World of Warcraft, the old subscription-based model of MMO’s is dead. For years different games have started up with high hopes of getting a piece of WoW’s pie, but it hasn’t worked as players tend to stay with the game they know, and not the new upstart, especially when they’re being asked to cough up 15 bucks a month. Tera is now the latest in the long trend of MMO’s that’s giving up on mandatory subscriptions and going free-to-play.
While the game may be F2P, there is a special elite status available for purchase, where for $14.99 a month you’ll get extra dungeon rewards, 10 bonus quests a day, items delivered daily, an epic mount, in-game store discounts, and waived brokerage registration taxes and more. However, En Masse Entertainment has stressed that while these are some nice perks, free players won’t have to suffer from any restrictions: what you can do in the game right now will be completely available for free when it eventually goes F2P. If you don’t want to pay the $14.99 a month, but you still want one or two of the perks, you’ll be glad to know that most of those items will be available for purchase through the in-game store or trade broker as well.
For those players who purchased the game already will be getting some exclusive perks themselves! Those players will get 8 character slots per server (instead of the 2 for the F2P players), 4 banks tabs, the exclusive Terminus mount, the “Founder” title, as well as other goodies. If you want to get Founder status but don’t want to subscribe, you’ll be pleased to know that as long as you purchase a box copy of the game and activate it you’ll be given Founder’s status, even after the subscription is lifted. That’s not too shabby!