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Posts tagged “Aion”

Free For All: Aion And Everquest

I'm starting to view the paid-for period of an MMO's life as the pre-pubescent stage: the inevitability of growth into F2P is starting to look like it's in the DNA. Both Everquest and Aion are noticing other MMOs, worrying about their acne and taking an interest in clothes. Aion in particular is experiencing a growth spurt, finally readying version 3.0 for everyone to play.

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Fly My Pretties: AION Goes F2P On 28th Feb

The last time I mentioned that NC Soft's sort-of-flying MMO, AION, was going free-to-play I used the phrase, "there‚Äôs no such thing a free launch". However, the accolades, the knighthood, the journalism awards and the general celebrity that came from such an extraordinary joke never materialised. This gross oversight should be sorted out quickly. And here's your chance, because there's a date for the change…

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Virtual Kisses: Valentine’s Day Events 2012

As RPS' only painfully single person at the moment, I'm happy to inform you that Valentine's Day is cancelled. A pox on all happy couples, literally and figuratively. Return to your empty, silent houses with the biggest bag of sweets you can, turn off the lights, and spend the evening sobbing until the sweet, sweet chocolate oozes out of your eyes and anus. ...or alternatively,…

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Aion Flying Free: F2P From February

The next MMO making its inevitable way to being free-to-play is NCsoft's Aion, the flying game that does its best to never let you fly. Come next February and you'll not need to pay to get into the game, via the powers of Gameforge. This is, say Eurogamer, NCsoft's plan to "boost player numbers in Europe". In other words, people aren't playing the disappointing Western…

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Disposable Worlds And Imagining Brink 2

Playing Brink this weekend made me worry. But not about the usual things. I was worried that there would never be another way to experience the details of its world - no possibility for further exploration of the Ark and its precarious situation. This isn't something I normally think about when faced with a multiplayer shooter. I certainly had no interest in finding out more…

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Wing And Prayer: Aion Update Is Quite Pretty

The 2.5 update for Aion, Empyrean Calling, brings in some graphical tweaks and a new character customisation system. It's really rather lavish, as you can see in the trailer below. It always amazes me to see the amount of content that gets poured into these games, and it's a strange kind of cruelty that the actual game structure means the likes of me will never…

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Eye On Aion: 2.1 Patch Pt. 2 Live

Patch naming might be a lawless and uncharted field, but this is still the dumbest thing I've heard all morning. Back in November, Korean MMORPG Aion received its 2.1 patch. Today, it's received... its 2.1 patch, part 2. Does that mean we're playing v2.1(pt.2)? Foolish devs! (Edit: Aha! RPS commenter and all-around clever human Kitz informs me that this is because us foreign types received…

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Aion? Anyone? Come On…

There must be some Aion players out there in the seething RPS masses. Hands up - who is still playing? You still getting a kick out of it? Does this new "Assault on Balaurea" expansion tickle your fancy? Seems pretty standard fare for MMO expansions: higher level cap, new zones, new instances, and some tweaks to things like pet ownership, but it could be a…

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Aion “Vision” Trailer Unfurls

Aion, the MMO about warring celestial warrior races, did rather well for NCSoft. The European and North American launch snagged 970,000 boxed unit sales, and probably a few more on digital download. Now though they're looking to the future, and they've released this new trailer to show off some of what's planned. There's a graphical overhaul at the front end and - holy shit look…

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Aion Release Trailer, Are You Playing?

Aion is out tomorrow in Europe and North America, and the pre-order has been topping direct-download charts for weeks. But are you going to be playing? Did you get on the beta? Did you pre-order? Have you signed up for the full game? If you are playing, what's the appeal? Do those wings really make all the difference? Or is this a case of hype…

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Aion Open Beta Takes Flight (Nearly)

...in that you can now download the open beta client for this famously winged, Cryengine 1-powered MMORPG, but the servers for said beta don't open until 6th September. Getting a key to turn that client into anything useful may be a bit of a fight, alas. Unless you've already got one from the closed beta or have preorded the game, your best bet is bloody…

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Aion: Ooh, Impressive Developer Blather

Via IGN we get a massive Aion trailer (clickwards below), with the world, background, and factions explained by the American development team. Loads of game footage, plenty of action, and a general explanation of how a few aspects of how the game will play out. Looking up and seeing the other half of the world is a neat visual flourish. In fact it's all looking…

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Euro Aion Beta Key Giveaway

Compo now closed, and winners have been notified. Thanks for taking part! Purdy-lookin' forthcoming Korean MMO Aion - the one where flying plays a big role - is having a special European beta event on the 5th to 7th of June.The event will allow participants to play through the first twenty levels as an Elyos. To celebrate this, and, presumably to populate them servers, NCSoft…

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One Million Play Aion In China

Chinese MMO distributor Shanda have reported that one million people logged on to the Chinese-language version of NCSoft's Aion in the first four days of play. It's worth remembering that the Chinese model means that gamers play by the hour, so this could easily go on to become a gigantic success, or just disappear overnight - a distinct possibility when financial type sources (via GI.biz)…

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Aion Zone Trailer Loveliness

NCSoft's MMO-with-wings, Aion, has been showing off its floaty environments with quite spectacular results: lots of floaty things, both animate and inanimate. The flight aspect makes this rather more interesting than your normal MMO world, because there's a whole lot of vertical detail to deal with. Oddly, NCSoft recently announced "flying transformations" for the new continent of Lineage II, which seems a bit like stealing…

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Aion: CryTek-Powered Celestials

NCSoft was hit rather hard by the failure of Tabula Rasa, and they'll be looking for their next big title to do a little better. Despite being another fantasy MMORPG Aion is actually looking pretty interesting, with its scenario of war between angel and demon analogues, it's ludicrously spectacular environments, and its aerial combat. It's also visually splendid, being powered by CryTek's CryEngine technology. You…

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Flying Blind

So why do we still know so little about Aion? Is it because the impending Tabula Rasa is currently eating all of NCsoft's focus? Is it because the now-cancelled Auto Assault was a catastrophic failure, so this next MMORPG is getting a rethink? Is it because it still hasn't escaped the conceptual stage? What we do know hits some of the right notes - a…

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