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Aion: Polished Levelling, Better Graphics, More Challenges

SBFordSBFord Associate Editor - News ManagerThe Land of AZPosts: 16,595MMORPG.COM Staff Uncommon

Gameforge has sent out a new trailer featuring the new and updated features for Aion as it sits on the precipice of going F2P in Europe. Features that have been updated or improved since the game's original launch include the following: More quests and better rewards; New regions and solo instances; New PvP arena and instances. In addition, Gameforge is looking ahead to the addition of housing and weather effects.



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  • RedKatanaRedKatana Philadelphia, PAPosts: 211Member

    Attempt to keep European gamers from going to TERA lol

    NCsoft is in my blacklist now, I wish ArenaNet would leave them too like the employees that left and made Bluehole.

  • NBlitzNBlitz ZwollePosts: 1,904Member

    What a mess.

    Gameforge announces its public takeover offer for Frogster AG and, by the end of the year, gains an 81,15% stake in Frogster AG.

    So...Gameforge equals Frogster. TERA and AION are like half-sisters or what? So what's NCSOFT's got to do with it in Europe?

  • TorvalTorval Oregon CountryPosts: 7,204Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by RedKatana

    Attempt to keep European gamers from going to TERA lol

    NCsoft is in my blacklist now, I wish ArenaNet would leave them too like the employees that left and made Bluehole.

    Arena Net can't leave them.  NCSoft owns them completely.  Unlike the Bluehole pirates and corporate thieves, the people like Jeff Strain who have left ANet to pursue their own agenda did so with integrity.

    I hope you don't speak for all Europeans and reflect their views on piracy and theft.

    Anyway, I'll be watching how this works out for NCWest if they also move this direction.

  • kishekishe aitooPosts: 1,978Member Uncommon

    NCSoft is clever. Block TERA in USA by suing their arses enough times

    Block TERA in Europe by having your associates buy out the competition with what is most likely your money

    aaand bluehole is a goner!

     

  • RedKatanaRedKatana Philadelphia, PAPosts: 211Member

    Aion started good untill one day took an arrow on the knee and went free 2 play and yet people say ncsoft is smart lmao

  • RedKatanaRedKatana Philadelphia, PAPosts: 211Member

    Tera is subscription based and there are no plans to go free to play.

  • ValentinaValentina Los Angeles, CAPosts: 1,675Member Uncommon

    AION didn't start good, the game was so poorly designed in so many ways, especially for the Western market which are who they were trying to impress to begin with. It was probably the most hyped game in a long while that people really had their eye on; they were expecting a far deeper game than what was delivered, NCsoft made it sound like a new-age WoW with a strong emphesis on story and deep quest mechanics, along with a really in depth and well designed PvP portion of the game. Both parts of the game came up short and were severely disappointing. PvE was atrociously designed, content was spread far too thin, they didn't have nearly enough quests to level with, and the rewards were horrendous. The combat system was the best thing it had going for it outside of the graphics. If they had delivered what they made it sound like, they would of had a massively successful MMORPG on their hands. They didn't, and so people left. Now they're F2P and it's the best decision they could of made for this game if they want to be able to rebuild their playerbase, and grow into a massive success.

  • gaeanprayergaeanprayer Somewhere Out There, PAPosts: 2,320Member Uncommon

    Aion wasn't a success in the West, that's why it went F2P in Europe and it probably won't be long until it goes F2P in the states either. There were huge quest gaps in leveling, everything was heavily RNG-based and it was a huge grind. That's all with the Korean market in mind, which is why it's doing well over there. I'm told it's improved a bit since then but I'm good to avoid games so fixated on RNG.

    Also as far as I know neither Gameforge or Frogster are partners of NCSoft. I could be wrong, but I've never heard that before.

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  • UnshraUnshra Hanover, MDPosts: 382Member

    Originally posted by kishe

    NCSoft is clever. Block TERA in USA by suing their arses enough times

    Block TERA in Europe by having your associates buy out the competition with what is most likely your money

    aaand bluehole is a goner!

    Bluehole got off easily, the pirates will still make a lot of money. Not like I am one to talk though as I will be supporting them by playing TERA at least for a few months. ;-p

     

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  • CoolitCoolit FalkirkPosts: 468Member Uncommon

    One things for sure, after play testing TERA NCSoft should be worried, the graphics and art style are way better than aion (thanks to the unreal engine) and the combat is just that bit different. I'm not saying TERA is going to be the OMG NEXT BIG THING but its a solid mmo that is going to appeal to people that originally played Aion and NCSoft know this. 

  • VolgoreVolgore Posts: 2,207Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by RedKatana

    Tera is subscription based and there are no plans to go free to play.

    Give it a year and we'll talk about that one again.

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  • OzmodanOzmodan Hilliard, OHPosts: 7,183Member Uncommon

    First off, Aion is still a wanna be game.  NCSoft tried to make essentially a pvp game that only had two factions and we all know how badly that always works out.  The ganking got out of hand and they tried control it with rule changes, none of which really worked.  The grind for the equipment was incredible although they have lessoned that somewhat.  Just another has been game as far as many of us are concerned.

    I also don't see TERA going anywhere.  It is a bit different when it comes to combat, but beyond that it is rather similar to everything else on the market.  It obviously did not do well in Korea since they had to merge servers, but hard to say how the western audience will take to it.

    As to Bluehole being pirates, that still has not been decided, it is on appeal.  My personal opinion it is a lot of crying by NCSoft, mainly because of so many defections by employees to other development shops that their Lineage III game is way behind.  Perhaps they should focus on better working conditions and decent pay for their employees than trying to sue those that left.

  • VesaviusVesavius BristolPosts: 7,643Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by NBlitz

    What a mess.

    Gameforge announces its public takeover offer for Frogster AG and, by the end of the year, gains an 81,15% stake in Frogster AG.

    So...Gameforge equals Frogster. TERA and AION are like half-sisters or what? So what's NCSOFT's got to do with it in Europe?

     

    well, the answer is... nothing except providing the code.

    Game Forge's takeover of Frogster is a good thing IMO.

    The Aion F2P beta has been ran excellently.

  • AI724AI724 Lansdale, PAPosts: 211Member Uncommon

    This is good news for me! Can't wait for it to go F2P in USA. I love the look and style of this game. Played the trial. I could just hang out in one of the forests enjoying the beautiful art and sceneries of this game even if everything else fail..... I really don't mind as long as it is F2P! :-)

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  • ShivamShivam MilanPosts: 465Member

    Originally posted by RedKatana

    Tera is subscription based and there are no plans to go free to play.

    Yeah because as if companies plan to go F2P with their P2P games. If subs in Tera are not up to the mark it will go F2P, planned or not.

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  • YuuiYuui KaunasPosts: 723Member

    Originally posted by Volgore

    Originally posted by RedKatana

    Tera is subscription based and there are no plans to go free to play.

    Give it a year and we'll talk about that one again.


     

    Considering how BAD Tera is doing in japan and korea so far, I'd say less than a year.

     

    In Korea, the server economy went to crap within the first month and server merges started within the first month too, now there are huge server merges in japanese version.

     

    I am giving TERA-EU around three months till some sort of F2P plan is announced.

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  • spankybusspankybus Orlando, FLPosts: 1,154Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Valentina

    AION didn't start good, the game was so poorly designed in so many ways, especially for the Western market which are who they were trying to impress to begin with. It was probably the most hyped game in a long while that people really had their eye on; they were expecting a far deeper game than what was delivered, NCsoft made it sound like a new-age WoW with a strong emphesis on story and deep quest mechanics, along with a really in depth and well designed PvP portion of the game. Both parts of the game came up short and were severely disappointing. PvE was atrociously designed, content was spread far too thin, they didn't have nearly enough quests to level with, and the rewards were horrendous. The combat system was the best thing it had going for it outside of the graphics. If they had delivered what they made it sound like, they would of had a massively successful MMORPG on their hands. They didn't, and so people left. Now they're F2P and it's the best decision they could of made for this game if they want to be able to rebuild their playerbase, and grow into a massive success.

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  • SuprGamerXSuprGamerX Montreal, QCPosts: 531Member

    Heh , title made me "LOL" , any word from NCSoft if they are actually going to fight botting ?   No?   Figures. 

    I got to admit by putting a MMO F2P , you don't give a damn if 75% of the population is botting , and by putting Aion F2P it's like raising the white flag and they don't need to awnser the critics about how badly their games have a botting problem. You either like the bots in our F2P MMO or go play something else.

  • VesaviusVesavius BristolPosts: 7,643Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Yuui



    Originally posted by Volgore



    Originally posted by RedKatana



     
    Tera is subscription based and there are no plans to go free to play.

    Give it a year and we'll talk about that one again.

    Considering how BAD Tera is doing in japan and korea so far, I'd say less than a year.

    In Korea, the server economy went to crap within the first month and server merges started within the first month too, now there are huge server merges in japanese version.

    I am giving TERA-EU around three months till some sort of F2P plan is announced.

     

    They set up price plans and decide how to sell their product according to territories , how it does in Korea will be irrelevant to the West if it is making money there on the sub.

    Having played the game for 20+ hours now I can actually see it doing quite well here once the reviews come out.

    The questing is very standard, but the game itself (world, art direction, combat) is actually really good if you like what it is doing.

    IMO, though ofc it won't happen, it deserves to sell more then SWTOR, because it is IMO over all a more fun and exciting game. Branding and hype will ensure that dosen't happen though.

  • paterahpaterah ThessalonikiPosts: 578Member

    Originally posted by SuprGamerX

    Heh , title made me "LOL" , any word from NCSoft if they are actually going to fight botting ?   No?   Figures. 

    I got to admit by putting a MMO F2P , you don't give a damn if 75% of the population is botting , and by putting Aion F2P it's like raising the white flag and they don't need to awnser the critics about how badly their games have a botting problem. You either like the bots in our F2P MMO or go play something else.

    By this statement I take it you haven't played the game in a long time. The game is void of bots for a long time now.

  • VesaviusVesavius BristolPosts: 7,643Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by paterah

    Originally posted by SuprGamerX

    Heh , title made me "LOL" , any word from NCSoft if they are actually going to fight botting ?   No?   Figures. 

    I got to admit by putting a MMO F2P , you don't give a damn if *ridiclulous made up figure more interested in drama then truth* of  the poppulation is botting, and by putting Aion F2P it's like raising the white flag and they don't need to awnser the critics about how badly their games have a botting problem. You either like the bots in our F2P MMO or go play something else.

    By this statement I take it you haven't played the game in a long time. The game is void of bots for a long time now.

     

    He also misses the fact that it isn't NCS handling this game in F2P.

    He also misses the fact that GF want people paying a sub in the form of their 'gold' pack and so have a vested interest in keeping the game the way the majority want it.

    Just yet another poster who puts emotional outbursts above real information or truth.

  • SukiyakiSukiyaki GreenwichPosts: 1,398Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by Vesavius

    Originally posted by paterah

    By this statement I take it you haven't played the game in a long time. The game is void of bots for a long time now.

     

    He also misses the fact that it isn't NCS handling this game in F2P.

    He also misses the fact that GF want people paying a sub in the form of their 'gold' pack and so have a vested interest in keeping the game the way the majority want it.

    Just yet another poster who puts emotional outbursts above real information or truth.


     

    I guess everyone of these dimwits which is trying to throw Aion into the same pot as the many Western failed games who turned into a Pay2Win cashgrab out of desperation is (deliberately) missing the grave differences of Aions payment system and theirs. Most importantly how the "free" accounts in Aion even work and difference from almost any of the remaining pay2win junk.

    Currently "free" player status is much closer to an "enhanced²" free trial of a P2P game, than even generic F2Ps. They just went one step further than games like WoW already did with their enhanced free trial and offer the rest of the game for free either, with almost the same restriction as trial player (most importantly chat, auctionhouse and trade limitations or rather almost complete inaccesibility of those). Something you only see in a few other F2P games not coincidentally mostly also owned by NCSoft. The only difference to the trial is that both rewards both in PvE/PvP/Gathering and access to dungeons in the game is "slowed down" for free player. Yet they can freely acces as much as any paying player. Aions F2P model is neither Pay2Win, nor Pay2Progress, nor Pay2Access, its Pay4Fullspeed. (I currently even have doubts Gameforge leaves it to remain as it is because the current system is far too lenient for very casual players. They have hardly any reason to pay for goldstatus or anything)

    But a "free" Aion player as long as he remains a free one, can only do as much "damage" and play only as much "rampant" as any a free trial player in any other P2P MMORPG.

    Aion "free" status = free + usual cashshop offers => ( Aion trial + all level + full access to any content / free player "slow motion" factor ) + same P2P quality and contents as before.

    Aion "gold" status =  monthly sub + usual cashshop offers => full access + same P2P quality and contents as before.

    The Pay2Win cashgrabs = slowed down/almost ceasing developement + lower quality gameplay + PvE and PvE advantages unaccessible/efffectively impossible through mere gameplay + payed access to (new) PvE gamecontent + payed advantages and privileges over other player in PvP + payed access to crucial equipmentenhancement, charactersenhancements, skills etc only  + offering content and gameplay are only aftertought vs. sales from cashshop...

     

    Bashing Aions current F2P model is close to bashing any common free trial that isnt limited by time. It ridicoulous to blame Aion turning F2P to deal with trends in the market, for the faults of other cashgrabs selling gamebraking advantages to milk the last drops out of the remaining playerbase at cost of some victims lured by the free access, while leaving the game to decay. And dont come some ridicoulos ******** ragequitter/hater and call the single time and temporary suplement sales "gamebreaking" again. The enhancements dont even offer a "noticeable" advantage and they arent even unaccessible through plain gameplay. Almost any of you couldnt even tell if someone has used them, you couldnt even be certain and tell if you knew one of two enemies had used some and only "guess" by watching their profile, thats how "gamebreaking" they are. Yes they may have been breaking some norms in the philisophy of P2P games, thats the very reason I canceled my sub at the end of last year myself. But this is just hyperbolic bull**** some guys here try to establish to fabricate another justification for bashing the game they hate.

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  • MrBootsMrBoots a, ALPosts: 277Member

    You can't trust NCSoft to run a game. They made lineage 2 F2P here in the US, and then changed the US servers over to EU times. Now the US players have to be up at 8am to participate in sieges and other events.



     

  • VesaviusVesavius BristolPosts: 7,643Member Uncommon

    Originally posted by MrBoots

    You can't trust NCSoft to run a game.

     

    Then it's a good thing that Game Forge is running the F2P.

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