TERA is Free-to-Play (F2P) in the United States in February 2013

An announcement from En Masse Entertainment confirms what many rumors have suggested for months: Korean MMO TERA will join the ranks of DC Universe Online (DCUO) and Star Wars: The Old Republic (SWTOR) in the F2P MMO realm. This move also fall in line with the games European and Asian versions which also announced a transition to F2P.

The F2P model, which eschews monthly subscription fees in favor of in-game purchases at item malls and other micro-transactions built into the game, is quickly becoming the preferred platform for every MMO except Blizzard’s extremely successful and long-running World of Warcraft (WoW).

TERA’s F2P will include free and unlimited access to the entire game along with two character slots. For additional fees, the player can open up new character slots for other avatars as well as purchase cosmetic items and in-game perks from an item store.

The official FAQ for the upcoming transition can be found here. The trailer above is taken from the Japanese version of the game. I chose it simply because it’s pretty awesome.