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Aion - Next Big Game

Posted 11-24-2008 at 10:58 PM by WNxFireWraith
For all you Korean MMO haters, get ready to change your pants when you see this new game heading our way.

(hit "continue reading" at the bottom so you can watch the videos I've inserted)

NCsoft, the same company that made City of Heroes, Guild Wars, Tabula Rasa, and Lineage, have released a new game in Korea. The game is currently shattering Open Beta records in Korea; a huge accomplishment. This game is coming to the US and Europe in 2009.


Posted Nov 14th:
Originally Posted by NCsoft
According to NCsoft officials, more than 11,000 people were logged into the game after only two minutes of open beta service. In less than an hour, that number had ballooned to 40,000. Currently the number of concurrent players has leapt up to more than 170,000.

"The response we're seeing in Korea is incredibly exciting," said David Reid, president of publishing for NCsoft West in Seattle. "Our Aion community in North America and Europe is also rapidly growing. We've got aggressive plans for the western launch in 2009".
Aion is a western style MMO. It features the usual classes. Warrior, Mage, Scout, Priest. Each of these 4 class split into 2 subclasses.
Warrior: Templar or Gladiator
Mage: Sorcerer or Spiritmaster
Scout: Assassin or Ranger
Priest: Cleric or Chanter

What makes this different from the thousands of other MMOs?
Well, other than being graphically spectacular, the skill animation is superb. A new aspect introduced in this is mid-air combat. Players gain the ability to fly, the style/color of their wings shows their faction (black vs white). They can battle while flying. At the core, all MMOs are the same, they feature the same things. It's the tweaks and how they handle that make games better than their counterparts. Watch the videos for yourself to see how Aion stands out.

Right now it will probably be a free download with a subscription fee. Expect the same prices as games like WoW and Warhammer for the monthly fee. The downsides is boo, have to pay money. The upside is this will break the streak of shit-Korean MMOs that have terrible support and cash shops that ruin game balance. Dealing with cash shops is a complete pain and in games with subscription fees, you have less bots and more support. So there's pluses and minuses.

Release date?
2009. Nothing more specific has been given, but it's already out in Beta in Korea. So the game exists, we're just waiting for our version.

Here's some videos (warning: keep extra pairs of pants near you):

Skills video (a must watch):
Flying monsters (very cool):
World exploration/flying:
Air PvP (it's pimp):

Stay tuned for more. This is one I'll personally be watching, you can bet that WN will have a strong presence in this game when it's released.

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    WNxDHare3's Avatar
    damnit FW, this is my 5th pair of pants today...

    Definitely want it, hope it isn't p2p.
    Posted 11-25-2008 at 12:59 AM by WNxDHare3 WNxDHare3 is offline
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    Usually, at least for me, the graphics never make a huge difference (just throwing that out there, being a WoW player and all). I'm somewhat interested by the ability to fly, given a set of wings. I do get tired of seeing all these flying mounts in different games and yet no player has every been able to simply have a set of wings of their own.

    Gameplay makes all the difference to me. If it plays smoothly, and doesn't require a bunch of pain in the ass combo-fighting, I'll bite at some point.
    Posted 11-25-2008 at 07:43 AM by WNxZiggurat
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    WNxPyrZern's Avatar
    Dev is already ahead of you, DHare xD
    Sry if I crush your dreams....

    Finally, yesterday NCsoft announced that Aion will start commercial service from November 25th, 2008 and there will be four types of prepaid game cards for choosing.

    1-month card: 19,800 won (approximately 13.7 USD*), 300 hours for 30 days

    3-month card: 47,520 won (approximately 32.9 USD), 900 hours for 90 days

    3-hour card: 3000 won, (approximately 2 USD)

    30-hour card: 12,000 won ((approximately 8.3 USD)

    I highly suggest you get a job now, if you haven't.
    Posted 11-25-2008 at 02:10 PM by WNxPyrZern WNxPyrZern is offline
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    I'm amazed by the sorcerer.

    Too bad it's P2P.
    Posted 11-26-2008 at 01:47 AM by
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