"Hark! The Herald Daeva Sing. NCsoft casts GameGuard out from under its wing.
" Many an Aion
player are rejoicing at the latest news out of NCsoft
. The game will not be launching
with infamous anti-cheating software GameGuard (GG). If you're unfamiliar with this software, it comes packaged with many Asian MMOs. Think of it as Warden
from World of Warcraft
from your favorite FPS... on steroids. GG has probably been the number one complaint about Aion
throughout beta and it appears that NCsoft is unwilling to put off any customers on launch day by potentially inconsistent performance.
However, this removal of GG will be only temporary until they can figure out a way to re-enable it without causing major issues. NCsoft just released one last patch before launch
to banish GG and include a few more updates to the client. The level cap has been raised from 45 to 50. Players can now reserve 2 characters during preselect
and create 8 characters in total during the head start
period and beyond. Finally, channels will be set at 10 instances for the first two zones of each faction. This number will be reduced once players settle in, likely to reduce farming potential and maintain critical mass.