In a Press Release and an email blast to new and old subscribers yesterday (February 21, 2012), NCSoft announced news that many knew to be coming but did not know when. Aion: Ascension is set to drop in North America in the Spring of 2012.

This expansion not only gives North American players access to the Patch 3.0 content already released in some other countries, but also opens up the floodgates for new citizens of Atreia as Aion will adopt the “Truly Free to Play” style made popular with the Lineage 2 conversion to free to play. The “Truly Free to Play” model means no restrictions are placed on any player. Everyone will have access to revamped content, the level cap raise in the 3.0 patch, mounts, dungeons, new quests, PvP, and every other feature. This includes access to the upcoming player housing system and new pets. Unlike some other “Free to Play” models, the “Truly Free to Play” model NCSoft uses allows players to use all chat channels, all auction (broker) features, and places no restrictions on any character creation tools. While details on a cash shop have not been release, NCSoft did state that one would be available.

To hype up the release and change in subscription model, NCSoft will also be holding a “Rallying the Troops” event sometime prior to the Aion: Ascension launch. While the details and date are still under wraps, NCSoft did say that new players that wish to get a jump on leveling prior to 3.0 would have the current “Free to Level 20″ limit raised to level 40, and returning veterans would be able to obtain 14 free days of membership in anticipation of the free to play conversion.

Some of the features anticipated in the Ascension expansion are:

Housing System – Everyone gets a home. Decorate and party in your new home.
Mount System – A new game play system which lets Daevas speed around the world of Atreia in style.
New Instances – Six new instances including a challenging 24-player raid.
New Zones – Two stunning new zones in the Balaur homeland.
New Level Cap – Five new levels bringing the max level to 60.

NCSoft also mentioned in the release that they are implementing new security to ensure the safety of all real money transactions.

While the details and the exact dates may still be a bit hazy, this is certainly good news for veterans of Aion, who have longed for a larger player base, and new players alike.

For information about Aion visit http://www.aiononline.com

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  1. flavio on February 23, 2012

    It’s free, but you have to pay to download, just like diablo? cause only option I found there was “free trial” download. So I’m guessing you buy the serial or somenthing like that? o_o

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    • Aeirn on February 23, 2012

      That’s probably because it’s not out yet. -__- If you read the first paragraph you would know that the ” Ascension ” expansion and, more overly, the Free to Play feature will be dropping sometime this spring.

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      • flavio on February 23, 2012

        February 21, 2012. my computer says its 23 today?

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        • Lolvio on February 23, 2012

          They ANNOUNCED on the 21st that F2P will be happening this Spring. Read really really carefully and you’ll understand what’s going on.

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          • SouthernWinds on February 25, 2012

            The DVD you buy from NCsoft is just the client preloaded. You can still and have been able to download the full aion client from NCsoft’s Launcher.

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        • HandOfGod on February 27, 2012

          “February 21, 2012. my computer says its 23 today?”

          Stupidity at its finest.

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  2. flavio on February 23, 2012

    never mind, there’s no exacly date, just “spring”

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  3. Magicman on February 23, 2012

    Yeah the date in the article says when NCSoft made the press statement.
    Thanks!
    -Magicman

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  4. Naikoni on February 23, 2012

    will europe be able to play it?

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  5. Demolex on February 23, 2012

    Dude its already free in europe

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    • Rinor on February 23, 2012

      this may be a bit retarded but can u send me the link for the F2P europe?

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  6. brandonmah on February 23, 2012

    can aion play in asia

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  7. Kaaqeli on February 23, 2012

    Who would want to play such a ‘pay 2 win’ -game when Guild Wars 2 is already on beta? just sayin’…

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    • Saex_Conroy on February 23, 2012

      What’s so important about Guild Wars 2? It’s just like Star Wars: The Old Republic – everyone is crazy about it, it launches and a month after that no one gives a f*** about it. The same will happen with Guild Wars 2. You people are so stupid. How can you be excited about wasting your time watching some pixels change colors? You are not with you right mind.

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      • Gomez on February 23, 2012

        If you think that GW2 will have the same “ending” as Star Wars TOR you fail really badly. SWTOR is a subscription based game while GW2 will be one buy than play forever. Even if you really dont enjoy it, you will come back in half a year or a year to see whats going on, becasue its free, but you will never pay one month subscription just to see whats going on in SWTOR if you didn’t enjoy it at first.

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      • A panda on March 1, 2012

        @Saex_conroy

        You really posted “How can you be excited about wasting your time watching some pixels change colors? You are not with you right mind” on a videogame website? So all video related materials make people crazy? You also compared two very different MMO’s on the spectrum. SWTOR is WoW mechanics with a Star Wars plot and voice acting. GW 2 is nearly the opposite mechanics that EQ and WoW and SWTOR use.

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    • Auzi on February 23, 2012

      explain in 1 way how this game is a pay 2 win game. the only thing you can buy right now is a pet or weapon overlay. no to mention its a pay to play right now there is nothing you can buy to give you an edge over anyone else

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      • Gomez on February 23, 2012

        becasue of the shop items like potions?

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  8. hound on February 23, 2012

    Seems with lineage 2′s massive player hike that NC is trying to get into the F2P market :^|

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  9. brandonmah on February 24, 2012

    can this game play at asia i truely want to play

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  10. Sedzik on February 24, 2012

    Aikon free to play i EUROPE starts 28-th of February
    http://www.aionfreetoplay.com/website/news/releasedate

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  11. Name (Required) on February 25, 2012

    u can download the client at privert server :D

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  12. xlcyruslx on February 25, 2012

    finally, the best game ever!!

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