En Masse forced to go “deeper” for TERA westernization

Wednesday, 19th January 2011 10:48 GMT By Johnny Cullen


En Masse’s detailed how it localised MMO TERA for its upcoming western release.

Speaking as part of its latest Race and Class update, the company said the localisation involved plenty more than translating languages.

“Some people hear the word ‘westernization’ and think, ‘You mean translation,’” it reads.

“To truly westernize, though, we have to go deeper than that. Yes, there are times when funny translation mishaps drive us to change things, but as we westernize TERA, we’re looking at the game as a whole and distinguishing what type of gameplay our players want and what kind of story will pull them in.

“Working with the development team, our bottom-line goal is to make sure that when you sit down to play, you feel that TERA was made for you.”

The MMO will also let players play by plugging in their Xbox 360 controllers to PCs.

TERA releases in the west in mid 2011. It launched last week in South Korea.

Thanks, Massively.



  1. GwynbleiddiuM

    Erm, don’t wanna rant or anything but by westrnize and use of xbox controller to be able to play a pc mmo you don’t mean casualizing and consolizing now do you? Just sayin.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. TheWulf

    @1: Pretty much.

    Having to plug in a controller usually means that not much thought has been put into the control scheme. Joypads are easier to handle because they’re so much more simple.

    The premiere control systems for the PC have always been the keyboard, mouse, and joystick. All three of which were used for some of the games of yore – and even intuitively. Look up Drakan, it’s true. I loved how getting on the dragon in Drakan actually had an animation which gave you time to grab the joystick before you went flying off.

    These days, a keyboard & mouse will suffice for most things, considering how simplified everything is. But having even a keyboard & mouse opens up potential that simply does not exist for a joypad. One of these forms of potential being accuracy.

    Sorry, accuracy does not exist when speaking of joypads, this is why console shooters have lock-on systems.

    Everyone knows that, right? I won’t get flamed for that?

    Anyway, yes. That doesn’t sound like Westernisation to me, either. It sounds like they’re very confused about the sort of game they’re trying to make. They should actually get a real PC developer on board to help them out with this. at the moment, it seems like they don’t have much of a clue.

    Oh well. I wasn’t looking forward to this so much anyway, roll on Guild Wars 2, eh?

    #2 4 years ago

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