I'm moving to Okinawa, Japan in April and wanted to know how viable it would be to play Tera from an overseas location. I'm a native English speaker, so don't see playing the Korean version as an option. That and I'd like to start from the beginning with everyone else^.^ naturally.
However, if latency will be an issue (especially as this is an action mmo) what are the differences in the Korean version? Is there an English language setting?
Thank you! :)
If I'm not mistaken TERA-US is going to be using IP blocking for certain countries, much like the asian release MMOs do (in this case it's probably as a way to combat farmers). So you *might* be out of luck without using a VPN. I actually have a related question about some friends I have from other MMOs that are in Russia and Brazil. Normally we would get past ordering issues by having them send us money, picking up the game, and then E-Mailing them the codes for digital download.
Will my Russian/Brazilian guildies of other games be out of luck for TERA-US along with the OP?
Oh, and I believe the only difference in the English and Korean version are the language and you'll get patches sooner not that that's really a big deal. And there's no English setting, but you still need a KSSN for it. You could always try the Japanese TERA though.
You will not be able to play from Okinawa unless you use a VPN or Proxy. Also your account has to be created from a valid territory or else it won't work either. (If you make it in Japan and then use a proxy you still cannot add a key)
Also, the people saying "latency" will be a problem clearly haven't used Japan's internet. You don't have to worry about that as you will have 100-140ms to any US server, especially West Coast ones. I still remember having 350ms latency in the US to Aion US server. I just recently came back from Japan.
In fact, in some games you will have better latency than people in the US on a US server(Yes it is possible). In LoL I had 100-110ms while my US friends had 90ms. You will not have a 3 second lag in Tera. I know someone using a proxy from Japan who played in the last closed beta test via proxy, they had 120ms latency while I had 110ms. I'm in Seattle too. You can find your ping by going to network resources while the game is running.
Interesting... thank you for all the comments..
It sounds like (tell me if I'm wrong) the latency concern may not matter as much as I was originally concerned due to Japan's high speed infrastructure. So as long as I purchase the game while still stateside and activate it in a approved country, it'll be good to go.
I do run a VPN normally however, so the option does exist if I need it. Although, running my VPN does bottleneck my overall bandwidth a bit. The question is, would it do so enough to hamper latency if I were running the Japanese or Korea versions of Tera. I have to admit, boobies and panty shots are kinda important to me, I mean, if I have the option that is:P
I generally prefer subtitles and native speaker voice to dubs... but I'm not sure how that works with the Korean or Japanese versions. Obviously, I'll at least be able to read menus/quest texts. I can learn the language to communicate with players on the go. Just navigating the game mechanics are the main factor so far as translation needs.
sigh.. more clarity, but I'm still unsure which route I'll go. Any additional opinions, comments and/or experiences are appreciated. Thanks all!
is the Japanese version also censored the way the US version is (IE, is the Korean version the only one that's true to original?)
I have a K-TERA account and live in Korea, but I am a native English speaker and was hoping to make an NA account so that I can play in English with my friends back in the States. I am running a VPN, but I can't seem to get past the Login in the launcher... it keeps crashing. The solutions I've read point to turing off all but 1 network connection, but I can't do that because I need my VPN on...
Any solutions? I was allowed to purchase the game (CE) from the EnMasse store using my US credit card and while logged in to this same VPN, why now am I hitting a roadblock when it comes to logging in to the game client and downloading the game itself?