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Focus Group Test #2: Gameplay Postmortem

Posted by Michael Bitton on May 12, 2010  | Comments

Focus Group Test #2: Gameplay Postmortem -

The second Focus Group Test for TERA Online wrapped up two weeks ago, and now En Masse Entertainment is launching a new postmortem series of articles to detail and respond to some of the feedback they've received from the test. Focus Group Test #2, or FGT2 for short, ran 60 hours and generated over 400 feedback threads, and the developers at En Masse are now sharing some of the gameplay feedback they have received as well as their responses in this latest article.

Testers in FGT2 let En Masse know that the early levels of the game were pretty spon on, however, there wasn't as much consensus on the experience beyond level 12. Some players enjoyed the leveling pace, and others did not. En Masse agrees that there is room for improvement here and it appears they will be adding additional quests to the game's central hubs.

On the topic of gear, items, and gold aquisition, En Masse will be adding additional and more diverse (both visually and statistically) equipment items per level, in response to player feedback. As for gold, at least when it comes to FGT2 feedback En Masse got the idea that they got things "just right," however testers did caution that this may not be true for a live game economy.

Coming as no surprise, FGT2 feedback included tons of class balance feedback. Class balance is a long standing issue for just about every MMO out there. The developers will be responding to the class balance feedback in order to create distinct party roles while allowing each class the ability to solo. The warrior and sorcerer classes were most popular in FGT2, though race favorites were a bit more diverse, however it's important to note that  race and class choices were also limited for the test, and En Masse says they will be opening up customization options in future tests.

You can read the full gameplay postmortem here. En Masse will be releasing two additional postmortem articles, one focused on the game's Westernization, and the other on the technology being used in TERA.

[Thanks bronecar for the tip!]

Michael Bitton / Michael Bitton / Michael began his career at the WarCry Network in 2005 as the site manager for several different WarCry fansite portals. In 2008, Michael worked for the startup magazine Massive Gamer as a columnist and online news editor. In June of 2009, Michael joined as the site's Community Manager. Follow him on Twitter @eMikeB
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