Bluehole Studios recently held a press conference to discuss TERA and its future. This Is Game's coverage, from the 20th April, of the conference shows that between May 2011 and Q1 2012 (TERA's 1 year anniversary??), TERA will have 4 major content updates. This includes the long awaited server vs. server content (hinted at in the original April 27th leaked patch notes) to cosmetic items. Check out the translation below: “TERA, will include SvS after the Demonic Beast of Destruction update in May” TERA will have a major content update this coming May. Hangame and Bluehole Studios showcased TERA's upcoming content, 'Demonic Beast of Destruction', and their plans for future content. The content they revealed was literally epic. It will begin with the ‘Demonic Beast of Destruction’ patch, leading to server vs server content, server invasions, BAM invasions (similar to rifts), and huge aerial cities (guild housing??). The update schedule ran through to Q1 2012 normally Bluehole stays tight lipped about their future content patches. Q1 '11 = OBT & Launch, BG’s, Politics, Awakening Patch Q2 '11 = Demonic Beast of Destruction Patch, Level Cap Increase, Expanded Story Q3 '11 = GvG, Strengthening PvP, PvPvE BG’s, Increasing Archons power Q4 '11 = Server vs Server, Server Consul Elections Q1 '12 = Level Cap Increase, New Continent, 9th Class Reveal Dream Shard - Black Crevice - Agaia - Juras’ Ark (see below) Reflecting on their lack of communication with the fans. The CEO of BHS first said he was sorry for not communicating well enough with the fans. Opening 37 servers and having as much as 160,000 people online at the same time (now down to about 100,000 people), they were off to a good start. Of course, they recognized their launch had a few faults. They felt there was a lack of substantial endgame content, that it lacked the convenience and MMO should have, and it had a weak story, though they were most adamant that they had poor communication with their fans. The CEO also said “Excuses are meaningless for a developer. After the awakening patch, we decided to stop being so silent and we will start communicating with the fans.” This is the 3rd time they expressed their apology in an interview. CEO Kang-Suk Kim ‘Demonic Beast of Destruction’ will be the real beginning This patch will be the first major content update for TERA, 3 months since the game's release. The level cap will be raised to 58 and new areas will open in Northern Shara. It will add 3 new zones to level in, open the Aman city of Kaiator, and add 4 new dungeons. Dungeon difficulty will also be split between normal and expert. In an April 21st patch, they will be releasing the normal difficulty of the Akasha’s Hideout dungeon. The new boss monster ‘Kelscyke’ will be challenging. Many appearance altering items like dyes and brand items as well as special weapon effects will be added. Also there will be an ‘item info lock’ system that will make for some fun yet daring trades. The new map, North Shara on the upper left side. TERA’s long term projects like server vs server content and factions who will fight for the ‘Dream Shard’ will be shown after the ‘Demonic Beast of Destruction’ patch. Those features are the reason BHS considers this patch the ‘real beginning’ of TERA. In addition, players will be able to create their own combos, the lock-on mode will allow players to see through a monster to spot an ally, and a viable DPS role for warriors will be added. To get better feedback from the players, with the new major patch BHS will start a test server. On the test server, players may copy existing character or create default level 50 characters. As mentioned above, the major content patch will be coming on May which is a month behind their original schedule and to this the CEO said “There was a lot to update and with the Awakening patch there were many unexpected updates, for that we got behind schedule.” Kelscyke, the Angry Gryphon Server invasions & a huge aerial city will be implemented by early next year. The ‘Demonic Beast of Destruction’ patch will introduce teamwork, opposition and resistance. If the current TERA is about 5 man PvE parties, for the future it will be about server vs server opposition and large scale battles. BHS mentioned 4 updates that will bring this to life. First off, in autumn they will be adding guild wars and new battlegrounds as well as strengthening the ‘power’ of Archons in the ‘Dream Shard’ update. The ‘Dream Shard’ is a fragment of Arun and Shara's dream which contains the power of the world of TERA. TERA, Teamwork, Opposition and Resistance! This winter, the level cap will raise again, large scale PvE content called the ‘Black Crevice’ will be added and an area available for multiple players from different servers called ‘Agaia’ will be added. This is also when server vs server content will be implemented. ‘Fight for the World’s Origin, Dream Shard’, ‘Floating City of Juras’ Ark’, ‘Server Neutral Area Agaia’ and ‘Monster Invasion the Dark Crevice’. Dark Crevice will be event based. Dark Crevices will randomly appear in zones and spawn large scale monster invasions which players will have to fight off together. This content was made for all types of players, casual, hardcore and solo. The server neutral city of Agaia will open up frequently and will be a place multiple servers will share. This area will provide different kinds of PvE and PvP experiences. Each server’s Archons will have to fight off the other servers in order to provide a better experience for their own server players. Through Agaia, players can also invade other servers, allowing them to collect ‘Dream Shards’. To balance out the power, the server matching will change depending on how many shards a server has. Agaia.Lastly, early next year, the fourth major city called ‘Juras’ Ark’ will be revealed. Juras’ Ark can only be acquired through politics and the policies made through Juras will be server wide, affecting more than one continent. If Dream Shard and Agaia is about power, Juras is about how to use that power. For example, if you are in a server that takes great care at PvP and server vs server wars, you can move Juras to the middle of Agaia, to use as a floating fortress. Along with the Juras’ Ark patch, TERA’s ninth class will be revealed.