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Aion: Free to Play in February

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,613MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Eurogamer is reporting that NCSoft has announced that Aion will be going free to play beginning in February 2012. NCWest will maintain publishing rights in North America and has partnered with Gameforge to publish Aion in Europe.

According to a post on the Gameforge site, "the lands of Atria have become more and more deserted." The move to F2P is an effort to boost sagging EU markets for Aion.

Check out the new EU Aion site for more information. The NA site has yet to be updated with information about the F2P move.

Thanks to Piasek for the tip.

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  • OtomoxOtomox HoooooPosts: 303Member

    Im on board if i can play on NCSoft Servers as european.

  • VesaviusVesavius BristolPosts: 7,643Member Uncommon

    1. Not pay to win (I can ignore the cash shop)

    2. Full access to all content

    3. Fresh servers (with one UK based no less)

     

    Yes please.

     

     

     

  • GrrlGrrl B-Town, CAPosts: 364Member

    Oh snap. I do hope this will go F2P for NA too! 

  • PyrostasisPyrostasis dallas, TXPosts: 2,326Member

    I gotta say I liked aion when it launched, but just not enough to justify a 15 fee.

    For free I will definitely be checking it out on a regular basis.

  • nyxiumnyxium ManchesterPosts: 1,221Member Uncommon

    This is good and bad. Possibly as a reaction to TOR's launch and WoW's dominance has led to the depletion. I hope WoW follows suit with a f2p to max level option as well to compete. Aion has nice graphics. the economic situation around the world, particuarly Europe cannot be ignored as a factor either.

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  • BoudewijnsBoudewijns AntwerpPosts: 133Member Uncommon

    well if it wasnt a pvp oriented game i would love to play it but thats to late now that SWTOR is comming out

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  • VesaviusVesavius BristolPosts: 7,643Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Boudewijns

    well if it wasnt a pvp oriented game i would love to play it but thats to late now that SWTOR is comming out

     

    By Feb a lot of folks will be done with SWTOR imo.

     

  • Z3R01Z3R01 NYC, NYPosts: 2,426Member

    All of these developers could have saved themselves a lot of time if they just released these games as either Buy to play or Free to play. 

    For some reason these developers think that mmorpgs are a gold mine. Due to the success of WoW they think they will get millions of players to subscribe when the reality of the situation is; mmos are a niche and WoW was a fluke.

    I'll bet anything that in five years no mmo will have a subscription. These games will release with a box fee and then gain more money through DLC/Expansions. 

    Playing:

    Waiting on:

  • MMOtoGOMMOtoGO Freeland, MIPosts: 630Member

    F2P for Aion in NA would be great! Kudos to EU for getting it.

  • augustgraceaugustgrace Cottonwood, CAPosts: 624Member Uncommon

    I have a love/hate relationship with Aion.  I have an Aion poster framed on my wall, the CE figure and two copies of the game on my shelf, and the comic bagged and boarded but have a bitter feelings towards NcSoft East and how they've handled the game in the west.  Aion could have been a fantastic game but has fallen far short and spurned its western players too often, but f2p it would be nice to visit from time to time.

  • LashleyLashley NorthumberlandPosts: 587Member

    definitely gonna try

  • VesaviusVesavius BristolPosts: 7,643Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Z3R01

    All of these developers could have saved themselves a lot of time if they just released these games as either Buy to play or Free to play. 

     

    Well, seeing as EU box sales alone covered development costs for the whole global game (sellling just under 500,000 copies here, and the dev costs up to launch being reportedly $18,000,000) the subs they have seen come out of the EU and the rest of the world have been more then enough to warrant them (from a business stand point) the time.

    In fact the revenue the sub model has generated for NCSoft the last few years is stunning.

     

    It very much makes financial sense for a AAA game to sell the box and go sub based for at least a year, then switch to F2P after that for a mini relaunch. SWTOR will follow exactly the same model IMO.

     

     

     

  • KalferKalfer HappylandPosts: 779Member

    Originally posted by vesavius

    1. Not pay to win (I can ignore the cash shop)

    2. Full access to all content

     

    It would need to be something like this. I don't mind them having unique / exclusive looking items for a cash shop, but I won't even try it, if there is no good outskirts at end game as f2p. No, I will never subscribe to these games. That's what many publishers don't get. 

     

     

    Look at TF2. Study that. You can make a balance and make a shop with stuff people want (if you have a good product) and still not  scare the majority of the customers away.

  • kishekishe aitooPosts: 1,978Member Uncommon

    I wont touch anything even relatively affliated with gamesforge, if i can play NA servers I may try it.

  • RecoreRecore Posts: 5,095Member Uncommon

    I guess they are making alot of money from Lineage 2 going FTP and I I hope they use the same  FTP model they are using with Lineage 2. Its the best of any FTP game.

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  • and_reaand_rea SavonaPosts: 20Member

    Nope. EU players that will not opt-in for gamesforge, will not access content on either services then. It means, if you a EU player, or you play with gamesforge, or you don't play this.

    Cheers^^

  • BreakNFacesBreakNFaces BrisbanePosts: 77Member

    Kapow!! Aion going F2P? Defo gonna be re installing this

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  • QSatuQSatu WarsawPosts: 1,735Member Uncommon

    I have to agree that L2 has so far the best f2p model I've ever seen. Let's hope it will be the same with Aion.

  • PiasekPiasek LimanowaPosts: 318Member

    A little more info regarding news.

     

    Aion NA will stay p2p. Aion EU by Gameforge will go f2p to bring more European players to the game.

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  • marz.at.playmarz.at.play Mississauga, ONPosts: 912Member

    One of my favorite games I played, but couldn't afford the subscription anymore. Count me in.

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  • marz.at.playmarz.at.play Mississauga, ONPosts: 912Member

    Originally posted by Piasek

    A little more info regarding news.

     

    Aion NA will stay p2p. Aion EU by Gameforge will go f2p to bring more European players to the game.


     



    Boo for NA, nevermind my above post.

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  • OtakunOtakun New Providence, PAPosts: 864Member

    Originally posted by marzatplay



    Originally posted by Piasek



    A little more info regarding news.

    Aion NA will stay p2p. Aion EU by Gameforge will go f2p to bring more European players to the game.

    Boo for NA, nevermind my above post.

    As long as there is no IP block then who cares? I would rather play an official server for free even if there is a little lag. No different then a private server. =P

  • BekaBeka Hawthorne, FLPosts: 45Member Uncommon

    As I recall, when Lineage II went 'Free' it was first announced for the European side, then NA followed later. It is pretty much a given that NA will follow or else lose a good share of their subs. From the FAQ it doesn't look like Aion will be using quite as good a 'Free' model as Lineage II, what with the stupid tiers (Starter, Vet and Gold), plus current players apparently get nothing other than Vet status for all the money they've spent since release. It would be nice if they'd give out some type of special in-game feature based on how many months you subbed; some special armor sets, weapons, and mounts. That would be a nice way to thank those of us that have stuck with the game since release, other than the mostly lame current veteran rewards we get each month; althought the free wings and pet were nice.

  • Gabby-airGabby-air surrey, BCPosts: 3,440Member Uncommon

    They're dropping like flies...how many are really left now?

  • RyowulfRyowulf Greensburg, PAPosts: 668Member

    Originally posted by vesavius

    Originally posted by Z3R01

    All of these developers could have saved themselves a lot of time if they just released these games as either Buy to play or Free to play. 

     

    It very much makes financial sense for a AAA game to sell the box and go sub based for at least a year, then switch to F2P after that for a mini relaunch. SWTOR will follow exactly the same model IMO.

     I believe this was well.

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