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Posted: May 19th 2010 12:55AM SgtBaker said

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People. In the forums. Are saying they're quitting.

The judgement day is near.
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Posted: May 18th 2010 11:57PM (Unverified) said

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Yeah.....didn't see that coming....(/rolleyes)

Posted: May 19th 2010 12:13AM MrDiamondJ said

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Aion is really cool, but once you hit level 30 it's like hitting a brick wall. I also think that the amount of jackassery in the community is high, even among MMOs. Lots of gank squads running wild.

In other words, Aion currently appeals to really hardcore players with a LOT of patience and a LOT of time on their hands. In other words, not a large amount of people.

Again, I really enjoy Aion, but it is what it is.

Posted: May 19th 2010 12:20AM Nadril said

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It's a pity really. I wouldn't mind trying to check out this game again around patch 1.9 or 2.0 but I don't want to buy another account.

This was one of the games where I really just had to cut my losses and sell off the account. It did allow me to reafirm my belief that NCSoft did nothing about bots, however. My last 5 levels I ended up spending the time using a free bot pretty much 24/7 without getting banned. It was sad really. I'd never use any exploit or illegitimate technique (buying gold) in a game but with Aion I really just wanted to get something for my account before the game went to shit.


Needless to say I felt pretty burned by the game. Sucks because even despite all the problems Lineage II had I still loved that game.

Posted: May 19th 2010 12:24AM Sharuk said

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I liked Aion till level 40, then it became a major grindfest and took forever to level. It was not a bad MMO but it needed to be tweaked more for the Western market.

After WoW and Aion (done with both) the great hope I have for the MMO genre is SWTOR.

Tera in my opinion is over-hyped. Not quite sure about FFXIV and GW2

Posted: May 19th 2010 12:32AM Alex Oglitchkin said

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In my eyes Tera will be similar to WoW and I'm perfectly fine with that as long as it has a nice storyline and new environment.
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Posted: May 19th 2010 11:51AM Cendres said

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@ Follisimo

I wouldn't say that about Tera. In fact I'd be very wary of Tera after Aion.. You should be going in with open eyes, do not have any expections it's anything like WoW and that it won't have issues. That's what spelled disaster for Aion.
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Posted: May 19th 2010 1:04AM (Unverified) said

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The games reason for existing was faction conflict.Fighting and conflict in the rift is/was simply awful.Combine that with poorly disguised grinding and you have a guaranteed problem.I'm surprised it took so long to be apparent.

Posted: May 19th 2010 1:53AM (Unverified) said

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So yeah, they can give a date for when it'll go up on the PTS, then also a date for when it'll go live.

...Right.

So, they know testing will take a week.

If you're intending to play this game for the first time, expect to take everything you're told by NCsoft with a grain of salt.

Posted: May 19th 2010 4:13AM (Unverified) said

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I think people are forgetting that they resisted opening more servers when the game launched but gave in due to pressure from people.

I do not think they, or anyone else thought at the time that things would slow down and they would have to merge some servers.

Given the number they have compared to say AoC (which is still going strong) I think people should be a bit more rational.

I tried the game at launch but after 3 years in WoW decided it was not for me. The whole quest, ding, gear, grind model has burnt me out a little for the time being. It does not mean I hate the game or need to see it fail to feel better about myself like some of the posters here.

Posted: May 19th 2010 11:59AM Cendres said

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Yes that's exactly right. People are quick to scream FAIL for reasons I can't fathom. And even seem pleased about it.. :/

Anyway, Aion will be fine and it's about to find it's player base who will love it for years. I just can't wait until people stop jumping on the hype train and go nuts over new releases and then rant about failure when they didn't find what they were looking for, thus influencing others in a negative way.

We say we love games, but somehow don't hesitate to tear them down because we were disappointed with them.

Make quality products they say and we won't have any reason to complain so loudly!! *Smugly Justified*

lol Sorry about the rant!

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Posted: May 19th 2010 4:26AM Georgio said

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So June release for 1.9, the date NCSoft Korea announced through the Q1 report almost 2 weeks ago. So long for all the fan-boys believing the bs NCWest was feeding them about May release. I bet NCWest knew that the 1.9 release will be in June from April but they were still lying to keep player subscribed.
And yes let not forget the "thriving community" bs the Aion CM and fan-boys were feeding the fans and the reviewers. Tey finalyy are force dto admit the 75% population drop which again was said 2 weeks ago by NCSoft Korea in the Q1 report.
NCWest proves again that is only a PR office with no control what so ever to the game.

Posted: May 19th 2010 4:41AM (Unverified) said

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The western team said they were still working for a May release. I think missing May by 2 days is not that bad.

As for the population drop. I would like to see the standard drop off from box sales to subs.

Far too much doom and gloom and hate mongering.
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Posted: May 19th 2010 5:45AM dudes said

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I smell death. Abandon game, abandon game, save your cash.

Posted: May 19th 2010 7:37AM (Unverified) said

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All in all I still believe this was financially a very profitable
game for them in the west. Considering the initial sales were rather
huge and their investment small. Westernization is probably the wrong
word to use here since they really only did enough to make the game
marketable in the west, it is still the same asian style grindfest as
it ever was. Financially a good decision at least in the short run.

Not to say that there is anything wrong with a grindfest. Some people certainly enjoy that type of play. But it is not be confused with a really westernized mmo since obviously grinding has never been a popular form of entertainment in the west.

Posted: May 19th 2010 8:56AM Georgio said

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I have the same opinion. I think Aion was a big financial success for NCSoft in Q4 of 2009. They sold a lot of boxes (900.000 in NA/EU) with minimal changes to the game, as we all know at this stage the "westernization" was in fact just label translation, and they continued exployting it with a minimal skeleton team of people between 20 and 30. Knowing NCSoft I start to think that NA/EU will never see 2.0 if we are not going to see a dramatic improvement of the financial data due to 1.9 and server mergers. For now west Aion has a 50% chance of joining Tabula Rasa to the land of deceased MMOs.
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Posted: May 19th 2010 8:52AM (Unverified) said

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I hope Aion can turn it around. Is there an accurate number on how many actual subs they have left in NA? They sold so many boxes the first couple months(I was a buyer).

I really think Aion is a good game. Its not for everyone, but there aren't many mmos out there with graphics and animations as nice looking as Aion. It was also one of the least buggy games I've experienced. Great concept and execution, though the number one complaint is the grind. I only got to the mid 30s but it was one of the most enjoyable runs to mid level I can recall.

I would still play if AoC wasn't so damn good right now. I will definitely resub if they come through with 2.0, but sadly by the time it releases, there will be huge competition here in TOR and FF13, Tera, etc. Good luck to them, the foundation for a great game is there, I hope it succeeds.

Posted: May 19th 2010 10:04AM (Unverified) said

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Another bright game blessed by huge box sales and positive word of mouth destroyed by a soulless corporation with no inspiration or sense of community to make a quick buck when they could have easily turned this into a multi-year cash cow with happy players.

-SirNiko

Posted: May 19th 2010 10:49AM (Unverified) said

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Eh, what? They have a lot of happy continuing players, most of them in Asia. That they didn't change Aion to a MMO fully to your liking doesn't mean NCSoft suddenly made a 'quick cash-in' product: gameplay is smooth, graphics and animation in Aion, especially from the characters is gorgeous.

Sure, people in the US and Europe may have more problems with the anime style of fantasy or the "grinding" in Aion (which is still less than or on par with games as EQ, Lotro and Lineage II) than players in Asia have, but that's just preferences. They made an interesting, fun MMO, only not to the liking of everyone.
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Posted: May 19th 2010 10:49AM (Unverified) said

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They would have had to hire a whole new development team to create hundreds of quests that are more than just the usual kill x mobs. It would have delayed the game probably by at least a year and multiplied it's cost. Not exactly easy.
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