Tera adds 500,000 players in Europe since going free-to-play

[UPDATE] New version of MMO attracts half a million gamers in Europe since business model switch last month; total registered user base now stands at over 1 million.


TERA: Rising

[UPDATE] After the publication of this story, a Tera representative confirmed with GameSpot that the 500,000 new player figure is related only to the game's presence in Europe and not North America.

The original story follows below.

Fantasy massively multiplayer online game Tera added more than 500,000 new players since the game adopted a free-to-play business model, Gameforge announced today. The total number of registered players for Tera: Rising now stands at over 1 million.

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Gameforge said it opened six new game servers shortly after the game's free-to-play relaunch last month to accommodate the "high demand" for the game. Tera players have created about 1.5 million characters since the game switched business models, Gameforge said.

It was also revealed that the game's Castanic race is the most popular with new Tera: Rising players, followed by humans and high elves. Warriors are the most popular class, Gameforge said, followed by the sorcerer and the archer.

Tera is the latest MMO game to drop its subscription fee, following Lord of the Rings Online, Age of Conan: Hyborian Adventures, EverQuest II, Aion, and Star Wars: The Old Republic. Bethesda has not said if its upcoming MMO game The Elder Scrolls Online will carry a subscription fee, though consultant Nicholas Lovell believes the game will launch with a subscription before going free-to-play.

For more on Tera: Rising, check out GameSpot's review of the original Tera.

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