When I looked at my computer's inbox this morning, something dawned on me:
The sun never sets on TERA!
Talk about a global game--at any moment of the day, someone in North America, Asia, or Europe is working on TERA. The timestamps on the emails on my screen prove it. And that doesn’t take into account that a lot of us are night owls--convenient because we’re still at our desks when the next continent starts working.
Making a global game like TERA demands a lot of communication, and a high degree of flexibility. For example, we’re changing some character names in our starting zone, and as a result of discussions with our international counterparts we’ll be rebooting Elleon’s Twitter story next week.
As I said, it's all about communication and flexibility. We recently learned that one of our character names means something distracting in another language. (Nothing crude, mind you, but jarring enough to take you out of TERA's mindset.) Renaming one character led us to rename another character so the two names wouldn’t sound too similar in any language.
If you’ve been following TERA's characters, you know there are two brothers who play a large role in the story. One, the head researcher on the Island of Dawn, is now named Leander. (We used to call him "Elleon.") Leander has a brother named Elleon who’s a military officer widely known for his heroism on the argon front. Got it? Leander is the researcher. Elleon is the soldier.
A simple enough change, but it has one interesting wrinkle. We had been telling the researcher's story on Twitter, 140 characters at a time, since last summer. The @Elleon_TERA account remains the same, but now Elleon is the soldier, not the researcher.
So what are we gonna do? We're going to switch gears for the Twitter fiction. We’ll still tell the story of Elleon's first days on the Island of Dawn, but now it’s a soldier's tale, not a researcher’s tale. As the guy who writes the story, I'm looking forward to letting it unfold from a new point of view.
And when you start playing TERA yourself, you can go to the Island of Dawn and tell Leander, "Hey, I heard what happened to your brother, Elleon…"
You can see what’s up with Elleon by following @Elleon_TERA on Twitter. And remember, he's a soldier.