Developer En Masse Entertainment boasts the North America version of MMO Tera: Rising has passed the 1.4 million registered players mark. Not only registered users are increasing, but in-game activity has also gone up ten time’s previous numbers. No specific numbers were released however.
The recent popularity in Tera happened about a month after the title moved away from a subscription-based model to a free to play game. Tera joins a long list of converts as well like Lord of the Rings Online, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, EverQuest II, Aion and more recently Star Wars: The Old Republic. All of these games enjoyed similar success when they made the switch as well.
In order to celebrate the occasion En Masse has announced Dracoloths Rising, a five-day event “to hunt big ass monsters for special drops and prizes.” The event starts on March 24th with dracoloth monsters popping up all over the gameworld dropping consumables and high-level gear.
“We’ve been blown away by the waves of players logging into Tera, and we’re seeing amazing growth in both registrations and daily users. It’s always great to eclipse the one-million-player mark, and at our current rate, it won’t be long before we hit two million,” said En Masse CEO Chris Lee.
It’s safe to say that the free to play business model is working out very well to the point of reviving games that may have been going towards the chopping block as a subscription title. Might have to give Tera a download and check it out. With this kind of price point, I’d be dumb not to check it out.