THE BUZZ: TERA fans have launched an online petition after discovering that the European version of the MMO has been censored.
TERA, which is currently in open beta, is rated Mature in the U.S. and 12+ in Europe. Publisher Frogster has acknowledged cuts in order to meet the rating.
“We, as members of the Tera community, feel that this time you have crossed the line,” reads the petition. “The community was patient for a very, very long time with your incompetence and childish games. You have played with the boundries [sic] of how much the community can take. Count in all the false information that was given to us. False because now you are changing almost each one of your previous statements.”
Players are most upset over the decision to tone down the amount of blood in the game. Frogster originally promised never to censor the game in anyway.
In a post on the official forums, lead community manager Raven explained the reason behind the cuts.
“This step was sadly necessary due to some changes which were introduced in the latest content update for Tera, which increased the amount of blood on certain details. Thus, we faced an issue with our current age rating, which is 12+ for Europe.
“Therefore, it was necessary to remove the level of detail slider for the blood aspect in Tera and set this to a fixed value. You’ll still see blood in Tera, but the amount of blood will be reduced and won’t stay on the ground. Also some minor effects like blood splatters against the screen will be replaced by another effect. Please be aware that we were already producing the box and pre-selling copies of the game with the active rating of 12+, so this was the only possible solution at this point.
“We’re sorry to inform you about this now and not when the OBT patch notes were released, but the situation occurred with the latest additions to Tera and this [sic] are the reason why we needed to remove the slider for the blood factor and set it to a fixed value.”
EGM’s TAKE: This is the last thing that Frogster needed just a few weeks before launch. A lot of angry fans are threatening to cancel pre-orders and some already have over this, due to broken promises. Saying one thing and doing another is a really bad move for MMO teams. Players need security and trust in order to enjoy the game, if they have no truest then the community can’t thrive and grow. We understand that the boxes have already been printed with the rating, however the best course of action would be to delay the boxed launch and stick to digital, take the hit from the delay and get the game out without cuts. We feel that Frogster will stick to their guns, hopefully the decision won’t negatively impact the game.
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