TERA Earth Day Screenshots

If Al Gore would play an MMO, TERA would be it.

En Masse Entertainment, the company behind the upcoming action MMO, TERA, celebrated Earth Day by releasing new screenshots and providing us with some insight about how the game promotes a message of greener living.

Read on for the message, or skip to the end if you feel it’s too preachy.

A Message in the Madness

TERA has a strong conservation ethic built in. The juxtaposition of our world and the game world are apparent in many of the stories players will explore. In the Fey Forest, players will see up-close the cost of forest clear-cutting and its direct impact on the land. In Frost Reach, the Valkyon Federation is mining resources that other races need to survive. Players will navigate the delicate path of necessity and responsibility as they try to find a solution that works for everyone.

Environmental Lessons in TERA

- When your continents are titans and you are no more than a product of their dreaming, you treat the world with care and respect. The land is not only sacred, but you are constantly aware that the ground on which you tread is a sentient being to whom you could cause real damage.

- No smoke emanates from Allemantheia’s spires. The high elves utilize clean energy that doesn’t involve burning stones or trees. Similarly, the amani make extensive use of geothermal energy. The fortress city of Kaiator is powered exclusively by heat from deep beneath the surface of the world. There are no forests to burn, no fuel for their furnaces—they make use of the world’s own power.

- The Popori Kingdom has minimal technology because the elins and popori try to live in balance with nature. They’ve made few changes to the environment, so visitors to the Lake of Tears will feel a sense of wonder at the natural beauty—a noticeable difference to the stark architecture of the high elf capital.

- The main city of Velika is wholly dependent upon imports for its survival. Food and raw materials are consumed voraciously by the city and those who would preserve nature have to fight loudly against the gluttonous economy.

Thinking about It

What might we do if we thought the earth could feel what we did to it each day? What can we do to try to live more in balance with nature? We need not live in a forest, but small steps can add up.

Visit the official TERA website for more information.

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