TERA has been out in Korea for nearly two months, and developer Blue Hole Studio is hard at work patching and tweaking the game; North American publisher En Masse Entertainment is also working hard on the title as well. After making appearances at both GDC (Game Developer’s Conference) and PAX East, the publisher returned to Seattle to resume its westernization efforts, as well as make a few exciting announcements about the game. En Masse has signed a distribution agreement with Atari, and is working on a community play event to showcase the most recent build of the game to fans next week.
En Masse Entertainment announced late last week that it has signed an agreement with Atari, making Atari the exclusive North American retail distributor of TERA.”We put a lot of focus on finding the right company to distribute TERA in North America, and Atari emerged as a leader with an emphasis on high-quality online titles,” stated Chris Lee, Publishing VP of En Masse.
En Masse is also organizing a community play event for its Focus Group Testers next week. Invites for the event go out on Friday, March 25th, and the game servers will be opened from April 2-3. Fans who are invited to the event will be given access to an exclusive area in the forums, where they can share their experience and feedback with En Masse and one another. This event marks the beginning of TERA‘s North American testing schedule for 2011. While the scope of this event is narrow, broader and lengthier tests will be organized as the year progresses.