This past week has revealed some new facts about Blue Hole Studios and En Masse Entertainment’s TERA. Jason “BrotherMagneto” Mical, Community Director for En Masse Entertainment, has posted a link to an interview with himself and TERA fan community TERAHispano on TERA‘s official forums. While the interview doesn’t reveal too much, it does touch on a few obscure subjects, such as the jumping mechanic and crafting. The official site is featuring it’s new screenshots of the week, this time focusing on the Arun’s south-eastern area. The official website has also revealed that TERA will be playable at this year’s Comic-Con 2010 in San Diego.
The TERAHispano interview puts to rest the balancing fears regarding jumping in-game. Jason Mical tells TERAHispano:
Jumping won’t be so beneficial that people will be able to take advantage of it in that way. In the words of one of the 20th Century’s greatest poets:
“You’ve got to roll with the punches and get to what’s real / Can’t you see me standing here, I got my back against the record machine / I ain’t the worst that you’ve seen / Can’t you see what I mean / Ah, might as well Jump.”
Jason Mical also describes how high-end equipment will play out, and how crafting factors into it. “The current plan is to make the highest-end items exclusive to raid boss drops, but crafted items can come very close to these high-end items,” Mical says. “We’ll talk more about the crafting and enchanting systems soon, and get more in-depth about what exactly that means.”
The interview also confirms in-game events. “A big part of my role with the company,” says Mical, “is to plan in-game events, which will range from cool one-off events for individuals to big (even server-wide) group events.”
The “Screenshots of the week” are a weekly set of images posted on the official TERA website of a particular region in the game. Week 9 reveals the forested emerald countryside of Arun’s south-eastern region. The images showcase some of the enemies, and well as a bit of the beautiful woodland cityscape of Pora Elinu,
Finally, TERA will be attending Comic-Con at San Diego this year, from Wednesday, July 21st to Sunday, July 25th. TERA will be located within the Future Play Booth (#4445) at the northern end of aisle 4400. En Masse will hold a private event for the TERA community during the week of Comic-Con as well, though details on the event will be revealed at later date.