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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  1. Matthew Kevin Nance on February 13, 2012

    As of what I been hearing this update is only in effect with european union US isn’t going free to play at all

  2. HappyCrash on February 13, 2012

    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

  3. Crysis on February 13, 2012

    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

    • Flazor on February 13, 2012

      Cool story bro.

      Now translate what you just said to english so other people can understand it.

      • Malakai on February 13, 2012

        I think he said something interesting there, too bad only he know what.

  4. samatralala on February 12, 2012

    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 ,,

  5. Dante on February 11, 2012

    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.

    • Sumatran on February 12, 2012

      Um…. aren’t you getting kind of ripped if you purchase a whole month with one purchase of 30 bucks instead of purchasing 2×15 for 20 bucks?

  6. professorgame on February 10, 2012

    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.

    • Rinor on February 11, 2012

      to be quite frank thats awesome i would rather play this some people take a huge pleasure in playing PVP and if it is as u say that would be something i would take great interest in

  7. Rinor on February 10, 2012

    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 😀 <3

  8. Nitz on February 10, 2012

    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.

  9. s1volu on February 10, 2012

    Any1 heard when open beta will start?

  10. Crysis on February 10, 2012

    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

    • Gomez on February 10, 2012

      Agreed!
      No trade, no auction house, no local chat^^… these are the most annoying restriction features for a F2P. If I want to play a MMO, I want first to talk to people. If I need to pay a fee to do that, I am sorry, I rather go and play some single player games than just pretend I am playing a MMO.

    • Ax on February 10, 2012

      And how should they earn money for the staff and maintain the servers ?
      1 month ago i bought the game and i played 30 days. Now, i’m a Veteran.
      I recommend you do the same. It was only 10 Euros in my local store.

      • Gomez on February 12, 2012

        Well, take Dragon Nest for a simple example. All the features are there for everyone even they are limited. Trading house – 5 items to sell every week Vs 30 items. 5 mails with attachments vs limitless daily, Whisper to anyone regardless they are in friend list, team or guild, Receiving / giving items from/to everyone. The game is running very good after 2 years. So there is no need for fees. They make money from players without annoying restrictions. And examples can continue: Guild Wars, APB reloaded.

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