TERA Online dev tracker
Geletron (Technical Producer)
@FaytEsteem The status is showing up incorrectly. We decided to give beta access to people with Founders' Accounts instead of adding them to the beta sign up system. You should be able to download the launcher today from the Kritika Online web site and start downloading the game client.
Thank you everyone for reporting these lag issues to us and for helping us to investigate the ongoing problems. I posted an update to the thread with some information on this week's hotfixes.
Have you tried closing and restarting the TERA launcher?
sraz wrote: »
Pondering this really makes me think there is some sort of back end process or cross server operation that gets hung up waiting on something and just causes delays in game, which would be indeed hard to isolate since logging would not report any issues since the operation does eventually go through, however players actually see a 1-4 second delay in game which we generalize to "LAG." Obviously narrowing this down would actually require ongoing resource monitoring to match up with player reports. However since the lag rarely lasts more than a few seconds, without precise time codes it's really hard to match player reports up with actual server processes.

We have been looking at those possibilities as well. We've adjusted daily back up times and have been monitoring event logs on all the servers to see if there is a process running at particular times that could contribute to lag.

Avi wrote: »
Hi GM! Another person here who is glad the issue is being investigated. The lag has been consistent for a few patches now. I am curious as to if you guys have investigated how other games are running their servers to avoid this issue? Tera has a rather small player base and I have a feeling a lot of people would be okay with downtime if the servers could be consistent. Well, mainly just instance servers. What has changed since maybe SCHMs initial patch to now? I don't think we had as much lag back then if I can remember correctly and I am doubtful that it is the increase in player base. Lag has sadly been the main reason I haven't been able to enjoy playing the game and really look forward to it getting fixed!

We do talk to Bluehole about how TERA is hosted in other regions and members of our team have worked on large scale games from Arenanet, Microsoft, Daybreak, and other studios worldwide.

There are almost weekly changes to TERA servers and services so pinpointing an exact change that could affect lag is challenging. One of the reasons we are asking for more information and diagnostic reports from the community is to help us both identify what areas are most prone to lag and to find better ways of identifying signs of when a server may need to be taken down for emergency maintenance.
Noesis and Halrath have been investigating this issue since it was first reported to us. We couldn't find any changes in our GM tool that would explain why the time changed. We spoke with Bluehole and we believe there is a strong chance that the Elite resets will happen around midnight tonight. We will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as we get them.
Geletron wrote: »
DYJGAM94YD wrote: »
Hi. I'm a south american player, brasilian. Sorry for my bad english. Have you considered a server in miami? Many games have servers in miami for us. I think this can be a improvement in our pings, and give us some chances for competitive pvp. No one suffer with lag spikes like us..

Oi como vai. We have looked at hosting TERA servers in different places. Wonderholm was hosted in a different data center, though we had to add some additional constraints to make it work properly.

There are some infrastructure challenges that make it difficult to host TERA in multiple locations. TERA servers like to run in the same location as the services they rely on. One side affect of that restriction is that dungeon and battleground matches may be limited so that you could only play with people from the same server. That in turn could make some of the end game content less fun.

European here, from Denmark to be specific. Have you considered hosting TERA in a different location altogether ?
Given everything you say you've already attempted, I can't help but think that it seems your datacenter is having issues with its network either internally or externally.
On average, ignoring today's worse than usual lagspikes, I tend to get about 140-150ms ping on the Fey Forest server which, while playable, isn't great compared to other US based games I've played where I might normally see about 80-120ms. Of course there's the "but you're not in America" card to pull, but from what I gather it seems that even a large part of the NA playerbase is having the same kind of ping as I am, which to me is a bit worrying to say the least.

We have considered hosting TERA in different data centers and/or different physical locations. Moving everything, however is a monumental task. It took about a year of planning and months of work to upgrade all the existing hardware while minimizing down time. The Wonderholm server taught us a lot about what it would take to build and move a single world server to a new data center and we are going to use what we learned from that experiment as we plan on how to host TERA moving forward.

Our biggest concern at the moment is finding root causes of lag spikes people have been experiencing on different servers. It makes the play experience bad no matter what your normal ping is.
Our operations team is aware of an outage affecting Fey Forest and they are working to get it backup and running everyone. Thank you for the reports of lag preceding the crash. They will help us figure out what was causing the issue.
DYJGAM94YD wrote: »
Hi. I'm a south american player, brasilian. Sorry for my bad english. Have you considered a server in miami? Many games have servers in miami for us. I think this can be a improvement in our pings, and give us some chances for competitive pvp. No one suffer with lag spikes like us..

Oi como vai. We have looked at hosting TERA servers in different places. Wonderholm was hosted in a different data center, though we had to add some additional constraints to make it work properly.

There are some infrastructure challenges that make it difficult to host TERA in multiple locations. TERA servers like to run in the same location as the services they rely on. One side affect of that restriction is that dungeon and battleground matches may be limited so that you could only play with people from the same server. That in turn could make some of the end game content less fun.
By any chance is the load balancing you implemented dynamically switching players between carriers? i seem to be getting some pretty bad lag spikes (like someone disconnected my modem for a second) and my ping changes as if i'm being swapped from zayo to savvis between them. This makes for a MISERABLE play experience since it swaps between them during dungeons with about a 2 second disconnect while it does it.

It is my understanding that the load balancing is not dynamically switching players between ISPs during a play session but I will need to double check with our operations team to make sure I'm not giving you bad information. Some of the lag from today was due to unusual spikes in CPU usage on different servers at different times. We don't know the cause of the spikes, but we are aware of them and we are trying to determine the cause.
We are aware of the problem. Our operations team will be restarting the server soon if they haven't already done so.
We are aware of the problem. The operations team is either restarting AV now or will be doing so soon.
Hi everyone,

I wanted to come to the forums and provide some answers to common questions players have about lag and what can be done to reduce it.

Q: Why do you always tell us that the problem is probably caused by my ISP?
A: We consider checking your internet settings as the first step in troubleshooting, kind of like how all IT people ask you if you have tried turning it off and on again. However, although this is the first thing we ask as a troubleshooting step, and a common source of lag in TERA, we do realize not all lag-related problems are caused by ISPs and the routing to our servers.

Some lag can occur when there is disruption or delay in data transfer between your computer and our servers in our Chicago data center. Network problems range from trying to connect over a weak Wi-Fi connection to a router in Chicago is having trouble and causing data loss for players in a specific region. It can also be multiple issues at once, compounding to make for a terrible play experience so we ask that you check your network settings first as a way of eliminating even one of the potential causes of lag.

One of the tools we provide in the launcher is the EME Diagnostic tool. It runs a few utilities to get traceroute and basic hardware information. We ask players that run into lag to please run the diagnostic tool and send the resulting log file to diag@enmasse.com so we can see the results. The diagnostic file is in .txt format so if you’re curious, you can open it in Notepad to see what information is sent to us.

Q: Why aren’t you doing anything about the lag?
A: We have been trying several things to reduce lag, and we’re working to do a better job informing players what we’re doing to address the issue. In the past year we have:
• Updated the TERA server hardware (increased CPU, increased RAM, etc)
• Experimented with load balancing between two different ISPs from the TERA datacenter
• Worked with our ISPs and data center representatives to find ways to improve network performance
• Set up an experimental server to test how TERA performs in a cloud-based environment
• Set up new monitoring software to notify us when server hardware performance decreases

Bluehole is also concerned about lag reports and they are working with us to identify causes of lag and possible solutions. This is a high priority item for both Bluehole and En Masse that we actively look at nearly every day.

Q: Why do you rely on us to report lag to you? Isn’t that your job?
A: We rely on customer reports in addition to our monitoring tools to pinpoint the possible lag causes. Our operations team is notified when we see a server crash, when there is an unexpected drop in the number of concurrent players, when any server resource is over-utilized, such as CPU, RAM, Disk, network, etc., or when any game process uses too many resources or crashes. They also monitor all network connectivity into and out of the TERA data center for utilization, dropped packets, etc.

Our tools, however, do not give us metrics for the lag problems observed in the TERA client, such as rubber banding, or when it appears that a dungeon instance freezes for a brief period. We can see it happen occasionally in-game while playing, but identifying the source is more difficult than just experiencing a lag spike. That is one of the main challenges in monitoring for and troubleshooting the causes of lag.

The most useful information for us when submitting a lag report is:
• The exact time you experience a major lag spike
• What you were doing in game when you experienced a lag spike
• What character class you are playing
• What server you are playing from
• Some information on how you connect to the TERA server (what country or region in North America and wi-fi, Ethernet, and ISP).

Please submit this information along with the EME diagnostic report to the diag@enmasse.com email address. While we may not be able to immediately fix what is causing your lag, this information helps us narrow down the root causes and helps us identify potential problems.

Q: What do you do when you get a lag report?
A: We usually do the following when investigating lag:
• We try to narrow down where and when the lag spikes are occurring. TERA runs on a large network of servers (I can’t remember the exact count, but it is more than 30) so narrowing down which servers are experiencing problems is very important. People who are hanging out in Velika on TR are on a different set of servers than players from TR doing a dungeon run which is why we ask for more information on what a character is doing when the lag spikes occur.
• We look at system performance for the servers where most of the reports are coming from and check for unusual spikes in resource use. What we are looking for at this stage are correlations between server resource utilization alerts that the operations team already receives and player lag reports.
• We look at network traffic into and out of the datacenter. We are checking for unusual spikes or dips in overall network traffic across multiple ISPs, as well as looking for reports of packet loss.
• We check the databases of the affected servers to see if there is any database performance problems or bad data that could affect server performance
• We look at related platform systems that could indirectly affect server performance, such as the online store and account servers.

When a server crashes we send a notification to En Masse and Bluehole employees, we generate a crash dump from the server, and we share all the information we have with the Bluehole technical team.

Q: Why don’t we get an official response from En Masse?
A: This is an area that we can improve on. Right now, we delay talking to our players until we have more information on what caused lag or a server outage. One reason why we wait is because saying “We are investigating,” doesn’t feel like a satisfactory answer and usually only leads to more questions. Not every investigation yields a solution, and we know most players just want the issue fixed. We know that players feel we have been too silent about our efforts so far, so we will try to provide more updates to the community moving forward.

We are aware there are lag reports in the following areas in game:
1. High level dungeons
2. Spikes that affect all open world and instance players form that world
3. Average ping/jitter that are different by server, despite being hosted at the same location

Q: What can I do on my side?
A: There are some common things that can cause network performance problems that you can check:
• Make sure that you are not playing over Wi-Fi if you are having lag problems.
• Make sure that you or other people in your house are not doing bandwidth intensive things such as streaming video, downloading large files, etc.
• Try playing at different times to avoid primetime internet traffic from your ISP (usually 9 PM – 11 PM in your local time zone).

Please remember that network lag is not the same as problems with your framerate. BHS is aware of problems in this area as well, but this is not an issue related to our server infrastructure.
We had some account issues last night and early this morning. They should be resolved now. I would try to do the account transfer again today.
I'm the technical producer for En Masse Entertainment. I handle the account management, billing, and integration for all our games. While I do work with a number of developers at Bluehole, I do not work directly with the TERA PC development team or with the TERA PC producers. Here are my answers to your questions:

1. I have between 1-4 weekly calls with people working at Bluehole. Most of my contact is with their tools and platform development teams. We are working together on bringing TERA to Xbox and Playstation so we have a lot of discussions on how to integrate our account systems with Microsoft and Sony and how to handle item purchases and delivery.

2. Multiple times per week in person and nearly every day via email.

3. I have a good relationship with the people I work with at Bluehole. For example, I didn't have an available front-end web developer to complete a project on time so they loaned me a developer for a week so I could meet our deadline. I have a few members on my team that speak both English and Korean so it is possible for us to discuss complicated technical concepts with them.

4. We do not have access to the TERA PC source files so we are limited in what we can change for the game. Every region that publishes TERA gets their own build with certain features enabled or disabled. We are able to make changes to in-game vendors, to control when events start and end, and to localize items in the game.

5. I've worked on a few publisher-driven events while at En Masse. Kira's potion shack, the golden gift boxes, Bamkiller, Skyring Slam, and Canyon Clash were all events that were created and developed at En Masse. We told Bluehole about these events before we started them and we reported to them on how they performed.

Hope that helps answer a few questions.
You still get reward points and credits for EMP spent while the system is down. Reward credits will go to item claim. You get an error message if you try to claim reward credits from item claim, but you should be able to claim them once the system comes back online.
@Spacecats

"The best loot drops from dungeons. The more dungeons you can play on any given day, the more loot you're pick up. So getting double the usual number of entries effectively doubles your loot!"

typo (sidenote, I am for hire if you guys want an editor :3)

I fixed the typo. Thanks for letting us know.
We also updated the Elite subscription page. You can see how much Elite Status time you have on your account and when your subscription is due to renew or expire.

https://store.enmasse.com/tera/elite-status
We are definitely planning on doing something like this, hopefully this year.
The problem should be fixed now on our live server.
We are investigating the problem. I haven't figured out the cause quite yet so I don't have an estimate on when it will be resolved.
First off. I think it is more logical and organized to have them stackable in your inventory to alleviate the need to constantly empty the inventory for the catalyst. Secondly, The repetitive windows that pop up are insanely illogical accept for the first window. Yet the option should be given on whether to ask again or not. Thus alleviating the need to keep having the window pop up once more over and over again. The next window that pops up is not even needed at all. Why have this window pop up that isn't even an elite status voucher?

The process of claiming catalysts is annoying. There are a few reasons why it works this way:

1. Potion shack is a bit of a hack. We had to re-purpose an Elite Status voucher so there would be an item in game that you could use to gain currency. It isn't ideal, but we wanted to find a way to reward people in game.
2. All the extra pop-up windows are shown because we are using a hacked Elite Status voucher for the catalysts.
3. It turns out Elite Status vouchers and catalysts don't work correctly when they are rewarded in stacks (we found this out the hard way during a past event). We decided to make them non-stackable to avoid breaking the system and to encourage people to use them instead of hoarding them.


I've confirmed that the web shop is working for making EMP purchases. The in-game store, however, is showing a "Price has changed. Please reopen store for current price." error when you try to purchase an item that is on sale. Our development team is working on figuring out the problem now and we hope to have everything working normally as soon as possible.
There was a delay in our item delivery system this morning that lasted from maintenance until about 11:30 am PST. Everything that was delayed should have been delivered by now and new item purchases should be delivered quickly now. Sorry about the delay.
We are investigating a new spike in disconnects that started at about 3:40 pm PST. We believe it may be related to the networking issues we saw earlier today. It looks like AV is about to crash and players are having trouble logging into the launcher. The operations team is looking at the problem now.
We've just received a confirmation from our data center host in Chicago that there is a network connectivity problem in that region that is disrupting connections to servers hosted there. For En Masse, that includes TERA, our log in servers, and most of our web servers.
I have never seen the insert disk error with TERA. The installer TERA initially shipped with would have been able to throw that error since it was distributed on a set of disks, but that was long before we moved to free-to-play. I've asked our QA team if they have seen that error, but they have not been able to recreate it.

Is is possible you have a mod installed? Have you tried running a error check scan on your hard drive? Are you trying to run TERA from an external drive?
We started seeing another spike in disconnects starting at 9:00 am PST and a second set at 9:30 am PST. The operations team is looking into the problem and trying to find the cause. It looks like people are starting to connect normally once again.
Server traffic is now getting back to normal so I want to take some time to give a brief update. It seems that the mass disconnects over the last several days can can be correlated to massive, brief surges in data being sent to our data center around the same time. We are working on tracking down the source of these data surges as well as ways to block them from happening.

Essentially all our inbound bandwidth is consumed when these surges happen so large batches of players are disconnected or see huge lag spikes.
We are seeing a rise in the number of disconnects right now (starting around 12:12 pm PST) and we are investigating.
We saw the ping spike around 4:20 PST as well. We are still troubleshooting the problem to see if we can figure out why people are disconnecting.
Our primary concern is getting server connectivity stabilized. We are planning some form of compensation for the stability problems, but we haven't finalized those plans.
We just turned off our Zayo connection and failed over to one of our other internet providers. We will monitor performance with this change for the next 24 hours to see if the situation improves.
We are seeing the lag spikes again right now and we are investigating, but we do not have clear answers at this point. We have been talking to Bluehole to see if they see anything in the error logs. We have contacted our internet service providers to see if they are noticing problems with our circuit. We are checking all the authentication servers to see if any of them are acting up. We are checking the server hardware to see if there are configuration problems that could be affecting people. We are using network conditioning tools to see if we can simulate the launcher and client issues all of you are reporting.

This is a major concern for us. Our primary goal is to keep as many people in the game as possible so right now we are focusing on actions that will not kick everyone out of the game. Please continue to post your screenshots, and let us know where you are connecting from, what you were doing when you were kicked out of the game. We do look at all these reports and we are trying to pinpoint the problem.
Sorry about that. We normally update the Steam client and the launcher patch at the same time during maintenance. We missed updating the Steam client during maintenance yesterday and we didn't realize how it would affect players when we finished uploading it this morning. This was an unusual circumstance that we are working to avoid in the future.
The version on Steam was running a version behind so we updated it to the live version.
It is the same update that came through the launcher yesterday. We updated the build hosted on Steam to the live version.
We haven't been able to track down what is causing lag for everyone yet, but the information you are providing helps us.

We saw a spike this week in an error that happens when it takes longer than 5 minutes to get from logging into the launcher to getting into the game (authorization tokens expire after 5 minutes). We extended the timeout yesterday to 15 minutes and we are monitoring it today to see if that helps reduce that type of error.

We will continue to monitor the game servers and make adjustments to reduce disconnect errors.
Hi everyone. We are still looking into the number of disconnects that people are experiencing. I have a few questions:

1. Is TERA also taking a really long time to start?
2. Are you running Windows 10?
3. Do you have an exception in Windows Defender for TERA?
4. What are you doing in game when you disconnect?
5. Are you kicked completely out of the game or are you kicked to the server or character select screen?
After looking at a number of support tickets that came in and tracking those accounts down in the game logs, we determined that a small number of accounts lost TERA reward credits and points during a DDoS attack. Our operations team has given me a list of people on MT that were affected and I'm in the process of manually adding back the missing points and credits. I will get a list of the players on the other servers over the next couple of days and credit them as well.
I checked our server logs, game settings logs and talked to our production team, but I haven't found a reason why some players would see their TERA reward points and/or credits change. I confirmed that we haven't performed a SQL server rollback nor did we run any scripts to remove credits from blocks of players. I have some ideas on what could cause balances to change:

1. The total Rewards points that a player has is based on adding up the points earned by completing in-game quests and points rewarded for purchasing items with EMP. The TERA client adds those values together and updates the in-game UI. Occasionally, like during lag spikes, the client has trouble communicating with our account server so point values are not properly totaled. You can check for this error by logging out and logging back in to see if your TERA points values have changed.
2. Sometimes people modify files or install mods that can interfere with the rewards UI. If your UI is showing "VIP" instead of "TERA Rewards", there is a good chance that you may have a file that is interfering with the rewards UI.

If you continue to have problems with reward points or credits, please put in a support ticket. Our support team can help you track down what is happening with your account.
There can be a number of things causing problems with patching. I would start with the steps from this knowledgebase article:

http://support.enmasse.com/tera/patch-progress-stuck-on-applying-patch

You also want to make sure that you didn't rename files, modify configuration files, or download modifications as all of those can cause problems with the patching process.

If that did not work for you, I would next check the space available on your hard drive. The launcher requires about 80 GB of free space to install and patch TERA.

If that doesn't work, I would next check to see if an anti-virus program is interfering with the install. People have been reporting problems with Windows Defender:

http://forums.enmasse.com/tera/discussion/comment/9862#Comment_9862

If the patching process for the launcher continues to give you lots of problems, you could consider downloading the game through Steam if it available in your region. Steam uses a binary comparison process to patch the game files instead of the zip manifest system our regular launcher uses.

If none of the above methods work for you, please consider creating a support ticket and talking to our customer service representatives. The wait time right now is a little long since we are still catching up on the tickets from the last patch, but it is the best option if the above suggestions do not fix the problem you are having.
I'm taking a look at our servers to see if I can figure out the problem.
The 0111 errors happen when the TERA client has trouble communicating with a service on our server that lets the client know which servers are available to play on. That can be caused by a number of issues, but most often it happens because of packet loss or other network errors.

I checked out cFosSpeed and I didn't see anything about that program that would be illegal or against our Terms of Service agreement. It just shapes your network traffic.
If the play button is yellow and clickable and if you are able to log in, then the problem could be related to Windows Defender or some other Anti-virus, anti-malware program.

You may want to check out the steps outlined in this thread to see how to add TERA to the Windows Defender exception list.

http://forums.enmasse.com/tera/discussion/comment/9862#Comment_9862
I see the problem. There isn't a way for players with multiple TERA game accounts to specify which game account they would like Elite applied to. When they sign up for Elite Status, the benefits do not get correctly applied. We are working on a fix for the problem, but it will be a while until it is fixed on our web site.

Please make sure you contact support so they can get your Elite Status set up for you. I'll post an announcement to the forums when the multiple TERA accounts error is fixed.
your server status page still links to the old forums.

Thanks for letting me know about that error. I'll get the link on the server status page updated.
We are looking into this issue. It appears that players that have multiple TERA game accounts that get Elite Status may not get Elite status applied to the correct account. Our support team is manually helping players get their Elite Status right now, but I've assigned a developer to take a look at the issue. I think we can have a fix deployed early next week.
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I've been having this message pop up everytime i log into one of my characters. I can log into my other characters just fine but this one in particular it will go to the loading screen, load to 77% then I get kicked. I've tried troubleshooting, updating the graphics card, msconfig, and even had to reinstall steam to my computer. It's really bumming me out! Help?

That error message pops up when the TERA client crashes for a reason not covered by our regular error codes. My guess would be that there is a problem with the data associated with one of your characters which causes it to not load properly. Please submit a help ticket with our support team and let them know which character is causing the problem. They will be able to help resolve this problem for you.
At Ninja launch and for a short time afterwards a lot of players were getting high latency for a number of reasons:

1. Dungeon and Battleground servers were getting a lot of traffic. This was fixed during the maintenance on the 18th.
2. DDoS attack on one of our ISPs (Caused outages last week)
3. Failed router at one of our ISPs (Caused outages last week)
4. DNS problem in our data center (Caused latency this past weekend)

A lot of our time was spent correcting those problems and we did post updates to the forums during the outages. Right now we are not seeing the kinds of problems we saw last week: high disconnect errors, unusually high internet traffic reported on an ISP, router error alerts, or unusually high resource usage on any of our TERA servers.

You can experience high latency if your network connection is coming from a particularly congested location, such as an apartment building, if you are playing over a Wi-Fi connection, or if there is a routing problem anywhere along the network between your computer and our data center in Chicago.
When we initially launched the TERA rewards program, we gave reward points and credits for all EMP purchases made before the rewards program launched, including EMP spent on server transfers. After the rewards program launched there was a 1 or 2 week period where EMP spent for server transfers was not part of the rewards program, but we changed it.

At this point all EMP spent in our web store, in our in-game shop, and on server transfers will reward TERA reward points and credits.
ANBEEFER wrote: »
Ok, somehow my game decided to work 1 day but now, after a short break, my launcher decided to patch back to version 39, LOL. What to do? I'm not interested in redownloading again, would be my 6 time in 2 days.

I do not think redownloading the game would solve your problem, and it could lead to more frustration. It sounds like the launcher is loading an old patch manifest from patch.tera.enmasse-game.com. That can happen for a number of reasons, but the most common reason is if your computer's host file has been modified to map patch.tera.enmasse-game.com to a specific IP address. Please check your host file and remove any reference to patch.tera.enmasse-game.com if one is in there.

Another cause could be the cache on one of our CDN nodes has not properly cleared. Our operations team has just purged all the cached files again just to make sure that isn't causing the problem.

If you are playing from Steam you shouldn't need to download a new patch. We updated the files on Steam during maintenance and the Steam client takes care of updating all the game files.

If you continue to have problems, please contact our support team and provide your launcher.log file. They are going to be able to provide more in-depth troubleshooting steps.
I have an update for everyone. At 2:30 we started seeing an abnormal amount of inbound traffic to our data center (about 100x normal levels) which caused all our servers to take a long time to respond. We were able to adjust settings on our side to get the response time back to normal. At this point you should be able to get back in the game and continue leveling your Ninja.

We are working with our ISP to track down the source of the DDoS attack. We are sorry for the unexpected down time.
JGElin wrote: »
Nah, they just needed to buy more from all the local pet stores to get the big hamster wheels running.

We have the biggest and the best hamsters. Huge.
We found that one of our servers was reporting incorrect subscription information to TERA. We have restarted the subscription service on the bad server so you should be able to see your Elite Status bar now if you exit the game, close the launcher, and then restart the game.
Quick update for everyone. We found that one of our servers was reporting incorrect subscription information to TERA. We have restarted the subscription service on the bad server so you should be able to see your Elite Status bar now if you exit the game, close the launcher, and then restart the game.
Quick update for everyone. We found that one of our servers was reporting incorrect subscription information to TERA. We have restarted the subscription service on the bad server so you should be able to see your Elite Status bar now if you exit the game, close the launcher, and then restart the game.
My team is looking into it now. We are seeing accounts that have Elite status are occasionally reporting to the game that the player does not have Elite status.
Sorry you are still having trouble @WolfieYu. I can recommend trying a couple other things:

1. Try running the launcher as an administrator (Right click on the TERA icon and select "Run As Administrator"). This is especially important if you have installed TERA in a place other than the default location. Windows tends to lock down access to folders.
2. Make sure you have enough hard drive space. The TERA game take up a lot of space, about 40 GB or so, and you need twice that space free to patch properly.

If you are still having trouble, please submit a ticket with our support team. It may take a few business days to get a response, but they are are really good at helping resolve problems for players.
We have an article on our support site that should help you resolve this issue: http://support.enmasse.com/tera/unable-to-unzip-manifest. Basically your launcher is having trouble updating itself. The article gives you a link to download the latest version of the launcher.
I merged the two suggestion topics. For now we are going to hide the count next to the flag link. We still want people to report posts that are abusive, off topic, or spam. The players that abuse the flagging system will incur the wrath of @Spacecats.
Quick update: I've hidden the number next to the flag link. Spacecats will continue to send out warnings to and/or ban people who are abusing the flag tool.
Thanks for bringing this to our attention. I'll work with Spacecats to come up with a solution.
WWPYC5K9RX wrote: »
lol considering ive been downloading other stuff and streaming my internet is fine, no firstworldproblems here.

my problem is why the patches arent included in the full download

I can answer that question:

We usually have two types of patches: 1) developer patches delivered by Bluehole and 2) publisher patches released by EME. We usually only update the full install build when we release a new developer patch since updating the full build can take 4 - 6 hours and can cause longer maintenance times when they are released. Our latest build, 39.07.07.EN4, included the 39.07.07 version released by Bluehole and our EN4 modifications to enable some events and fix some localization problems. That is why it had to download a separate patch after the initial download.
There are no patch notes for this week.
Just some feedback for overall forum appeal, but when looking through the current threads, could the "new" icon possibly be moved to the left of the forum title, rather than the right side? It's a small thing, but it always sticks out to me, like a sore thumb, since the icon is bright green. Just thinking it might be a bit more fluid overall, if the icon were on the left side.

Minor suggestion c:

We moved the new tag. Thanks for the suggestion.
We are still looking at the reports of disconnects and trying to run down the causes. The most likely candidate still appears to be the very general "network issues". Since we run, for the most part, physical servers in a physical location, any disruption in the route, such as a slow response from a router or corrupted data packets, between our players and our physical servers can cause disconnects.

We are also checking out other potential problems, such as scheduled tasks that may be running that do not need to run, servers that are returning corrupted data, or even game servers not being responsive. We found a couple of account servers that did not restart properly after maintenance, but those servers were repaired on May 4. So far we haven't seen anything else unusual on our systems that would explain player disconnects. Our next step is to analyse the disconnect reports to see if we can see patterns.

Mobius1 wrote: »
My main problem is that quoting is broken for me.

I'm wondering if it has to do with the mobile version, since I use forums on my Android, and not a PC.

We were missing a plugin to make quoting work properly with BBCode. I worked with Vanilla to track down the correct plugin and get it installed and turned on. Quoting should work much better now.
Mieax wrote: »
H-How were you able to get this item?


Side note, does anyone have any clue when theyre releasing the mounts and pets?
I mean its kinda disappointing they sell the reskined outfits but didnt sell the mounts. ;;w;;

The pets and mounts were released today in the TERA store.
We just posted a small update with more sedate colors and better contrast in the comment box. We are still working on getting the scrolling fixed in the comments and the fullscreen view worked out. We will continue to make small adjustments over the next few days to the forums as people find problems.
Thanks. One new feature that I really like is how easy it is to view and post to the forums from my smart phone. Now we just have to make all our other sites responsive...
Thanks for the feedback everyone. We are still tweaking some settings in the new forums so please be patient with us if it takes a while to make these changes.
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Account services are back up and you should be able to log into the game normally again.
I do not have an ETA yet, but I will update this thread as soon as I have one. We had to shut everything down for this maintenance and some of our services are now having problems communicating with each other.
We are aware of the log in and support issues after this morning's maintenance and we are working on getting everything back up as quickly as possible.
We are aware of the log in and support issues after this morning's maintenance and we are working on getting everything back up as quickly as possible.
We are taking a look at the problem now.
You do not need to wait for the categories to load in if you want to purchase EMP with your Steam wallet. As long as you can see the "Buy EMP" button in the store, you should be able to launch the Steam EMP purchase flow. You can then use the web store to purchase items if you are still having trouble with the in-game store.

My team is still working on tracking down why some people are having trouble with viewing the in-game store.
I've checked the accounts of some of the people on this thread to verify that they still have Elite status in our account system. It looks like the problem is that one of the many account login servers is reporting some bad data. We are tracking down the bad server now.

If your Elite benefits are not showing up in game, log out, close your launcher and restart your game. You do not need to try to reinstall or repair your game. You will know if the launcher picked up your Elite Status properly if you are missing the "Upgrade to Elite today" advertisement in the upper right corner of the launcher.
My team is looking into this problem now.
Jerichow on 04/29/2016, 11:27 AM - view
Okay, so I want to ask, since obviously at this point in time there is another 'event' going on that is getting some uh.... massive negative backlash.

Yes, I'm talking about the Triple Enchant event.

Is your team responsible for any part of this? Are you guys able to create events like this, and by that regard, are you able to make changes to events like this? I'm only asking because the community has pretty much gone into full rage mode after Treeshark revealed that it does not affect awakened enchanting.


Hi Jerichow. The enchanting events are controlled by game code and my team is not able to modify them. The kinds of events my team typically work on are the events that replace the welcome message, in-store events, and community events like Bamkiller and Skyring Slam.
Calla on 04/29/2016, 06:19 AM - view
I'm not sure if this has been asked yet, but I'll take a stab anyways.

Q: Are there any plans to re-release older cosmetic items that we haven't seen for a while? Such as dyeable arins costume, or the blue halo that was released back in 2013. If not, are there any plans or would it be possible to implement an item that allows the unbinding of cosmetic items (while rendering them untradeable so the market doesn't get killed) so that we can use items that haven't been available for a long time? I could foresee this being a great thing for the limited time hello kitty costumes as well.


Hi Calla. I can't talk about release plans for specific items, but I can say that we do re-release older cosmetic items that are not currently available from our in-game store.
SweetThing on 04/29/2016, 05:50 AM - view
How do you plan to improve the game without taking Events into consideration? Lets say "Event" (etc) is an unknown word. Do you think youve (team) achived enough? If not? why not, look how far we are. If yes, why? Are they still ways to go?


Hi SweetThing. There are still a lot of things my team can do and are doing to improve TERA both inside and outside of the game. I've already talked a little about our plans to update our game launcher, improve our in-game store, and launch new forums. We are also looking at better uses for the welcome screen and finding new ways to connect our players and to make it easier for them to share their in-game accomplishments.
KAJINOFE on 04/29/2016, 05:12 AM - view
This is most likely a BHS question but I wanted to ask just in case you guys have any information on this. Is there any plans to port TERA to Linux maybe via steam?


Hi KAJINOFE. You are correct, that is a Bluehole question. I can say my team has not been asked to build a TERA launcher for Linux.
DetectiveMitten on 04/28/2016, 03:56 PM - view
Serious question time now, do you have upcoming or have you got in the works another form of in game event that hasn't ever been shown? And also (if you help work on it) 'Blast from the past' will we ever see the return of it or a newer version of it?


Hi DetectiveMitten. There are plans for new in-game events, but I'm not able to talk about them. The best source for information on those events is going to be on our Friday Twitch streams, on our web site news feed, and on our social feeds. I also want to call out the great job Spacecats has been doing with his random acts of in-game shenanigans.

My team didn't work on the 'Blast from the past' system so I can't say if it will return to TERA.
PoppyTheStout on 04/28/2016, 03:35 PM - view
Thanks for answering the question on the forums.

Did you make any changes to the forum search engine?


We are using the search engine provided by Vanilla forums in our new forums. One change that was added that I really like is the ability to search within a thread.
Yumiaaa on 04/28/2016, 03:28 PM - view
Hi Geletron! Thanks for answering so many questions so thoughtfully, I'd thought I'd give my own Q.

Will it ever be possible to unsoulbind items, or otherwise move them inbetween characters? I for one, own alot of costumes bound to characters whom were deleted or no longer in use. Will Tera ever see an 'unsoulbind' item in the account services in the future? Thanks for any reply :)


Hi Yumiaaa. I do not know if an item exists or if an item will be created that will allow players to re-soulbind cosmetic items. On the code side of things rebinding cosmetic items is limited to tools that Bluehole provides and that our customer service team uses when support tickets come in. Unfortunately the tool does not provide API access that my team could use to create an account service to rebind items so there currently is no plan to add a service like that to our web site.
Kirine on 04/28/2016, 01:56 PM - view
Up for one more? :)

Under the loot box section in the Tera Store (browser version) is it possible to implement subsections (eg. mounts, cosmetics,other)? Or an overall better searching and filtering option for the Store?

The merging of different weapon skins into a smart box was excellent(!), but in some sections we have 10 pages worth of things to select from and browse through and I feel with the constant addition of new things, it will increase and makes harder to arrange similar things next to each other and compare them.


We are planning an overhaul of our web-based TERA store. We are happy with a lot of the changes we were able to get into the in-game shop, such as item search, related items, filtering, and purchasing multiple items, and we are planning on getting those changes into the web TERA store as well.

As for when, well there are still some changes I would like to get in the in-game store first before we redesign the web TERA store. Namely, making it so buying stacks of items delivers a stack of items and getting EMP purchases available in game.
Kirine on 04/28/2016, 07:17 AM - view
I really like your style Geletron :)

Q: Are there any plans on making more account bound items, aside from mounts like costumes, weapon skins and accs or pets from the EMP store?

We already have the Steam-Powered Pack for reference :) so more packs?
Even some non-dyable versions of the costumes would be nice.


Hi Kirine. Account bound items are kind of an interesting topic, at least to me. Up until last year we had a limit to the number of items we could designate as account bound because a limitation to how account bound items were stored in our systems and on TERA's servers. There was a real concern that we were going to run out of space so we didn't create too many account-bound items. Last October we deployed some changes that added some additional space and that make it easy to add more space when needed.

We have offered some weapon skins, costumes and pets as account bound items so it certainly is a possibility we will offer more in the future.
Kiraboshi on 04/27/2016, 09:24 PM - view
One simple but BIG question many players have mentioned a lot: Is it technically possible for NA Tera to activate dungeons that have been disabled in Ktera? The reason for this is because one thing that pisses a lot of people off and makes them leave the game for BnS/BDO or whatever is the constant unnecessary removal of content by BHS that happens every major gear patch. It may make sense to remove some dungeons that are completely outdated, but BHS often removes dungeons that are still very relevant which often causes a negative effect on the economy. For instance, Akerons inferno was removed for the last gear patch even though the drops of schisma and inferno ore were still very relevant. Inferno ore ended up spiking in price on the broker because of a lack of ways to get it.

Next with the ninja patch comes the highly unnecessary removal of FIHM and Dreadspire. This is, again, a poor decision by BHS. Dreadspire drops VM6 mats, Dreadnaught, ore, and BoE Starfall, all of which are still going to be relevant next patch. FIHM drops chests and VM6 mats, which will also still be relevant. Neither of these should be removed from the game, and their removal is pretty much guaranteed to result in negative feedback from NA Tera just like this practice has done in the past. A great way around this problem would be if we could have a permanent "Event Dungeon" system similar to what we have with ABHM, that cycles an old dungeon with updated drops weekly. Or if NA Tera can just simply keep Dreadspire and FIHM with the Ninja patch. Either of these would be great.


Hi Kiraboshi. As far as i know, we can't activate dungeons that have been disabled in Ktera. I know our production team has been sharing our player concerns with Bluehole about removing dungeons.

I'll ask Treeshark if he can give some more info on this thread.
LessThanNone on 04/27/2016, 09:22 PM - view
That moment when you accidentally guess the url to the new forums...


Anyways, on to my question. I'm not sure if you're the appropriate person to answer this but since you said you worked on the game stores I'll ask it anyways. Have you ever considered having different currency options for buying EMP/elite other than just the American dollar (with adjusted prices to fit the current exchange rate etc.)? I know a lot of us Canadians are rather hesitant to purchase in American as our credit card companies love to give us the worst possible exchange rates along with charging foreign exchange fees.

Thanks,
LTN


Hi LessThanNone. We have been working to get additional payment providers on our store so that players have more purchasing options than just PayPal and credit cards. We are working with a vendor now that will allow region specific payment options, bank transfers and gift cards. I don't have an exact date when this will go live (I know, it's surprising :) ), but parts of the integration are being tested now and I do plan on having it available in May if everything goes well.
Ginjitsu on 04/27/2016, 01:26 PM - view
@Geletron

Any plans of adding features to Tera Launcher? It would be nice to allow multiple instances of the launcher. But the feature I mostly want is being able to enable auto-login (not interested in linking Tera account with Facebook or Steam). If there's concerns about security, just force Account Armor for auto-logins.


We have a lot of features we would like to add to the TERA launcher. One of the challenges about being a technical producer is only being able to do about 20% of the projects you would like to do. In the long term we would like to build a universal launcher that would make it easier to manage your account, sign up for beta tests, and download all our games from one spot.

Here are the features I would like to add to the launcher in the short term:
* Security token so you only have to log in once every couple of weeks
* Ability to enter promo codes directly in the launcher
* Ability to see the number of open CS tickets you have as well as a direct link to the support site
* Ability to start patch downloads without logging in

krypticgamer06 on 04/27/2016, 07:29 AM - view
Hello Geletron, ive been following teras talks updates past 7 months since school has kept me busy but im still watching how tera moves forward and i see great hope for its potential

- My question
back in the day X1-2 years ago i used to play tera 24/7 and my greatest ally as a new person to it leveling more and more getting higher up was the IOS APP made by some person called tera it was up to date and it was amazing till reaper came and as much i emailed them to please update they wouldnt its pretty out of date now what plans do you guys think you might have for bring out a IOS app that provides info on the game and helps you manage your account? Thanks so much Ps- Do you watch anime and if so whats your top favs?


Thanks for the question krypticgamer06. I'm not familiar with the iOS app that you are talking about. We have talked about the possibility of developing our own mobile application for a while now, but there are no concrete plans. Ideally I would like to find ways to make APIs available for the community so they can build their own web and mobile applications. I see so many great tools that the community has put together, such as the glyph calculator, that I don't think we would have the resources to build. Creating APIs to make it easier to get the data, however, does seem more doable.

I do not watch a lot of anime shows. For movies, my favorites are Akira and Ghost in the Shell. I was able to watch a showing of Akira in the Cinerama theater last year and that was a lot of fun.
CSalv on 04/26/2016, 07:05 PM - view
Ever considered switching out of Zayo as a service provider? The latency while on their network is unbearable.


Hi CSalv.

We use a number of ISPs in our office and out of our collocation center including Zayo. We always look for vendors that can give us a good combination of coverage, service, and price.
Ultemecia on 04/26/2016, 03:31 PM - view
I wish I had some more questions to your job, but they've all been answered. I also love your ideas for event loot boxes and grand prize items.

My only question is how big is your network team, what are the job requirements and are there positions available. XD


Hi Ultemecia. We currently have 5 people on our network team. Each member focuses on different aspects, such as server configuration, network maintenance, setting up hardware in our office and in our collocation center, and working with various ISP and CDN vendors.

In general we look for people with the following attributes:
- Gamer or industry-level knowledge of MMORPGs
- A passion for PC and Console online games
- 2-4 years experience in the position for which they are applying
- Good communication skills
- Experience in the MMO industry (this is a plus, not required)

We are looking for a Database Developer (http://www.enmasse.com/jobs/d601) now and we do post new positions from time to time.
PoppyTheStout on 04/27/2016, 02:18 PM - view
There has been talk several times about a new forum So what is the status of new forum?

What is the most important change you want to see made to the forums?

To Space Cats and all you folks at EME you guy just keep getting better, did someone at work purchase a bunch of Deming's Books? :)


They exist:



Right now we are finishing up the configuration, adjusting the design, and testing features. Some TERA players have been helping us test them and pointing out to us changes we can make to improve the experience. The plan is to have them rolled out before the Secrets and Shadows update goes live in May.

DetectiveMitten on 04/25/2016, 10:58 PM - view
Cat or Dog person? :D


Definitely a dog person, DetectiveMitten. I got a golden retriever lab mix puppy from the shelter a few months ago named Poe and now my Instagram feed is full of puppy pictures.

Unfortunately I'm allergic to cats and they seem to know it. They follow me around the neighborhood.
Banim on 04/25/2016, 05:33 PM - view
Not sure if this is an area you work on, but just in case: what is the reason KTera's UI is less laggy than NATera's? Since not long ago some people have found that replacing the NA UI files with the korean client ones eliminates a lot if not all of the lag when opening, closing and using interfaces in-game.

The issue with the laggy UI has been brought up for years since the game released in NA, so it'd be interesting to know if this is due to something not working properly in our client or if it's simply because Korea's build is more updated (since they are a content patch ahead) or optimized. Whatever the cause, I hope NA can enjoy, at some point soon, the same better UI performance as KTera without players having to replace files.

Apologies if this is the wrong Q&A thread (in that case, can this be forwarded to the people who could know what's going on?). Thank you.


Thanks for the question, Banim. I don't have an answer to your question, but I do have a technical contact at Bluehole and I will forward it on to him. If I hear something back about this issue, I'll post an update to this question.
Zoknahal on 04/26/2016, 12:10 PM - view
Hello Geletron!

Since it is you and your team who supervised the creation of the Kyra Potion Shack, the Golden Gift Box system and the launch of TERA on Steam, is it safe to assume your team also worked on the creation of the TERA Rewards system and the TERA Emporium? If yes, how do you plan to improve it in order to be attainable for more players who do not spend EMP (lets face it, the current system is way too EMP based and loyalty doesn't exist only in buying EMP). If no, Do you have plans to tweak the current events your team created, and activate em on more Holidays?


Hi Zoknahal. Our work on the TERA rewards and Emporium system was mostly confined to integrating the reward points and reward credits portion of the systems with our account management and GM tools. I know the production team is reviewing player feedback from the forums and the TERA subreddit on how we can improve the program and make it a little more accessible to our free-to-play players, but I don't have details on specific changes we are going to make nor when those changes will be added to the game.

One really cool change that was developed for the TERA rewards system is on how items are delivered. Traditionally we have not been able to deliver stacks of items to players unless the stack of items is configured as its own SKU in game. That is why we used to sell stacks of loot boxes as separate items on our store. We worked with Bluehole to develop a new API that would allow us to deliver stacks of items so we could send one stack of 150 credits instead of 150 stacks of one credit to a player's item claim. My next goal is to update our in-game store so we deliver stacks of loot boxes instead of individual loot boxes when you order more than one.

We do have lots of plans on how to tweak Kyra's potion shack and gifting, though not all these plans have made it onto the development calendar. Here is a brief list of some of the changes I would like to make (all of these are subject to change):

1. Add the golden gift-box center to the in-game store.
2. Change our event RNG boxes so that your chances of getting the best items are increased if you have already opened some boxes without winning something.
3. Add grand prize items to our event RNG boxes so we can do stuff such as give away 3 Alienware computers or something along those lines.

We would also like to find ways to make it easier to bring back some of our older events such as Bamkiller and make details for those events visible in-game.
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