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I'm considering a return to Aion for a bit. It's been one of the games I enjoyed playing in the past but never fully invested into.
Before doing so I have a few questions for current players though. Most of those questions are about the viability of playing on the NA servers. I returned to the Gameforge-ran servers in Europe a year ago and leveled a character but quit in disgust seeing their preposterous monetization plans (charging 15 euros for single use consumable keys, exploiting lottery systems,...).
1) How doable is it to play the game on the NA servers as a European?
I want to have enough people playing alongside me for grouping / guilding purposes (their nationalities don't matter though) during GMT+1 hours. Plus I'm also worried about the ping I'd be getting, as I will be engaging in PvP every opportunity I get.
Recommendations for specific servers or testimonials from other euros on the NA servers would be apprecatiated.
2) Any chance I'd still be able to do anything with my old character / account?
I bought the game at launch and played for several months, leveling a character to ~lvl45. I never transferred my character or account to the Gameforge servers; but evidently my old server doesn't exist anymore.
Could I transfer this account to the NA servers or at least redeem something for my past purchase? This is of course years after last playing.
3) How different is the cash shop compared to the European server?
I have no problems paying for a premium or even a bit extra now and then. But $15 consumable keys or astronomical figures being required in order to get enough godstones etc. in order to make your character competitive are just a big no.
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