As part of the 2nd “Awakening” update, where players’ feedback and suggestions are placed into actual action, TERA Korea has updated the PvP system found in the game. TERA Korea held the top spot for a week back in January when it was first released, but subsequent negative news including rampant bots and bugs found in the game hogged the headlines. The “Awakening” update was Bluehole Studio’s way of showing the players that they are actually listening to their feedback.
In case you are wondering what medals are for, they allow players to trade for equipments which can only be gotten using the medals, like a PvP set. Compared with the previous rate, where players can only gather enough medals to trade for 1 piece in around 90days, the same time has been shrunk to 21days. Teams must also now kill at least one player from the opposing team before capturing its flag and base before winning. Previously, some teams just run to opponent’s base and see which team is faster…
A new matching system is also introduced for the random PvP battles, where veterans and frequent winners will be grouped with those who are not so adapt at this feature. While there are concerns about this new system including possible abuse, until that time comes, these changes very much satisfy the disgruntled players for now.
There was an amusing news about TERA North America I read about recently, where the female characters found in the English server will wear much more clothes than the Korea version’s. Truth to be told, I always had this impression girls from America wear slightly hotter and lesser than the girls walking on the streets in Seoul… Well, to each his own, I guess this is part of the “Westernization” process En Masse has always been talking about. Can you tell which Elin is from the North America and Korea server in the picture below? Haha.
Update: According to this forum thread (link), En Masse stated that the models for the Elin race will not be modified, but rather the armor models. This is to fulfill the requirements set by the ESRB, which is basically a board to process games and check what age group they are suitable for. Well, I have seen plenty of Free to Play MMOs with focus on certain female body parts and even young female characters showing off underwear etc in the English market… I guess it doesn’t pay to be “good”… Haha~