Aion Free-to-Play Updates

MMOBomb Staff
MMOBomb Staff February 10, 2012
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Thousands of players have been calling the fantasy world of Atreia their home since 2009 in the online role-playing game, AION. But what has changed since its launch? The wishes of the community have been answered with several updates, and the game has been continually expanded and improved. New features and functions have been added, and some MMO essentials have been adjusted, such as new instances, a better rewards system, more opportunities for levelling up through quests, and innovations such as the mentor system, from which beginners as well as experienced veterans can benefit.

Below, we go into more detail for each of the most significant changes and expansions:

More Quests and Better Rewards (1.9)
There are over 3,900 quests waiting for adventure-seekers, some of which were added by NCsoft in the very first patch. These quests are linked by a storyline and help make levelling up enjoyable. For example it is possible to reach the maximum level by completing quests and other tasks in the current version.

More Variety through New Regions & Solo Instances (2.0)
Since many players had already levelled up their characters to the max, the cap was raised to 55 in Version 2.0, and the region of Balaurea was introduced into the game. Further dungeons were added as well as brand-new solo instances for courageous adventurers to test their nerve in. To improve travel between the various lands, wind streams and geysers were also brought into the game.
The Mentor System: Experienced Players Taking Beginners under Their Wing With “Empyrian Calling”, NCsoft brought new features to Atreia including the innovative Mentor System. This system makes it easier for beginners to get started in the game and rewards higher-level characters for helping out the newcomers. Mentors are awarded medals which they can exchange for useful items. The tutees, on the other hand, receive experience points and a share of the loot collected from their joint adventures.

Version 2.5 also saw a graphics update, something fans had been eagerly awaiting, as well as the introduction of further ways of interacting with Miols. These little companion pets do many things including creating additional space for players’ equipment and independently collecting dropped loot.

No Guts, No Glory: New PvP Arena and More Instances (2.7)
Avid PvP duellers were well provided for in Version 2.7, the largest update so far, which introduced the Crucible Coliseum arena and the chance for players to get their hands on new upgradeable weapons and armour. Working as a team is the key in Padmarashka's Cave, where up to 48 courageous heroes can take part in a raid with an epic boss battle.

What happens next?

The developers are working hard on the upcoming Version 3.0, which will bring with it many new features and is being released in Europe in 2012. “Aside from our main focus on moving AION to our free-to-play model, we are also very much looking forward to expanding AION with lots of exciting content”, said Volker Beonigk, Executive Product Director at Gameforge, adding, “Since its release, AION has consistently been enhanced, and this shall continue to be the case. The new and innovative content in Version 3.0, such as the Housing System and weather effects, will help AION keep its place as one of the highest-rated and most popular MMOs worldwide. Beyond these updates, we will continue to do everything we can to ensure players get a challenging and fun experience from AION for years to come”.

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Discussion (17)

Matthew Kevin Nance 10 years ago
As of what I been hearing this update is only in effect with european union US isn't going free to play at all

HappyCrash 10 years ago
you don't understand it because you love maple story alot and you don't like that anybody say a bad word about it
anyway it sucks really and (Crysis) is right in every word he said

Crysis 10 years ago
LOL man u need people pay for exp boost like 10 $ and its just for 30 days
rofl
that game sucks
they think that they have a great Game well they don't cuz really maplestory sucks alot for beginners and for High lvl players
aion really need to be begginner , vateran and Gold Pack system its really interesting
but no charge for credit that would be awesome guys i think

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samatralala 10 years ago
they should put everything like the real aion ! they just need a cash shop ( like maplestory is perfect) if u look in maplestory .. people would pay for a hat that is only 3$ for like 3 months .. they just need to think all these simple ideas that could be payful for them ! like mouth for 30 days that cost 10$ like that or exp boost etc ,,

Dante 10 years ago
The restrictions can be removed (well most of them) by buying a game time card. The cheapest is for 15 days and it costs like 10$ tho i would recommend getting a 30 day one which is 30$.

Also open beta starts on 16th Feb.

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professorgame 10 years ago
I love MMORPG's but Aion isn't really an MMORPG its an MMOPVP.
it just happens to have quest, the ultimate point of the game is nothing but pvp even most the quest and achievements are all pvp centered. You have no option but to pvp after a certain point to progress and the best gear is earned from pvping.
I'd rather play Skyrim.

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Rinor 10 years ago
i would be cool to see this one come out i heard they would come out on feb? but im not certain about that :S but yea would be cool 2 see some thing new come F2P :) if anyone has any offical dates on release please tell :D <3

Nitz 10 years ago
I like aion, and i think this starter pack is anti bots/farmers method, i say this cuz they say on site u will be able to upgrade to veteran in-game so im guessing this veteran u get after u spend some time on game and had achieve some conditions to be upgraded to veteran. if its like this i think i not bad.

s1volu 10 years ago
Any1 heard when open beta will start?

Crysis 10 years ago
Aion rocks but the beginner system that recommend player to pay to get a gold pack sucks really
cuz it should be completely F2P + the chat system and trading one which is not allowed to Beginners too that sucks too they shall fix it or the game will be sucks for Beginners
they have to improve their work for a better Community of Aion

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