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Posted: Nov 5th 2011 5:10PM J45neoboy said

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This will definitely pull in tons of subs for the game. I can't wait!

Posted: Nov 6th 2011 2:46AM (Unverified) said

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@J45neoboy This update isn't going to pull in tons of subs! Are you kidding? And it has nothing to do with the quality of the update, it can be awesome, but TOR launches in a month and a half with GW2 right around the corner. By the time the update is localized for NA, it won't bring in crap for new players because they will be all over the new mmo's.
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Posted: Nov 6th 2011 8:15AM J45neoboy said

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Comparing Guild Wars 2 to affecting subscription games is like saying Skyrim will harm TORs release. Guild Wars 2 will be a good game, but it does not require a subscription and therefore I highly doubt it will have any affect on those who want to play both TOR and GW2 or Aion and GW2 or anything else and GW2.
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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 10:20AM Pwnmachine said

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@J45neoboy Dude, regardless of how you look at it, or what excuses you make for this HORRID game that lost over 92% of it's population for a reason, mostly being an Asian NCsoft mmo. It's still not going to pull in any subs. It's not going to change. It lost everything, and every chance it had to be considered anything in the MMO market for the U.S. These patches won't change a single thing.

There is absolutely nothing interesting about this game anymore. They had one of the best concepts/ideas in the world with the winged flying. pretty graphics, and interesting fighting mechanics. They flushed it down the toilet long ago in the first few months of it's launch. Not sure why very few people still hold on to this game, it's complete crap. It's full of terrible Asian gambling mechanics, fighting isn't fluid, the whole point of being able to fly is ruined with their strict rules! You can't even pvp while flying without POTS; oh cool, can't wait to spam my pot button every battle. Item drop rates are boring and crap. The only community left in Aion are supreme anime nerds that refuse to let go of a terrible game. No thanks to that

Like I said, this isn't an opinion, it's fact. When over 80%+ of an mmo community leaves because the game is just terrible, and because of the above mechanics mentioned, then that's exactly what it is. The game is just bad. None of their changes will ever make this mmo come to life again. Thanks
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Posted: Nov 7th 2011 1:35PM Sukiyaki said

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@Pwnmachine
Meanwhile in back in reality, Aion remained a strong and exciting game, becomes more fun and better with every patch and remained as one of the most popular and strongest MMORPGs in the West with sheer thousands of player even after 2 years and also one of the most popular and situational the most popular MMO in the East.

Strong enough to attract displeased ignorant hater of NCSoft and Aion to each and every of the frequent news and highlight they make and produce and copy&pasting their superficial hate and slander to counter any positive news and well deserved positive feedback.

You look like a glaring fool in between all the growing positive feedback from player and recurring ex-player :)
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Posted: Nov 5th 2011 5:16PM Shardie said

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Housing doesn't look that impressive. It looks like amerikan suburbia, or rural england, rather than a high fantasy world.

Posted: Nov 5th 2011 5:22PM J45neoboy said

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@Shardie

The game has space ships, lazors, jeans and bathing suits......really? Are we really complaining about it's setting?
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Posted: Nov 5th 2011 5:27PM Shardie said

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@J45neoboy

Its still off putting.
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Posted: Nov 5th 2011 5:30PM Zyrusticae said

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@Shardie

Explain to me... exactly what is "a high fantasy world" supposed to look like?
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Posted: Nov 5th 2011 6:06PM Braiks said

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@Shardie It's not off-putting because the game's setting isn't as serious.
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Posted: Nov 5th 2011 6:29PM (Unverified) said

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@Zyrusticae Western European Medieval / Tolkien ripoffs are the only legitimate fantasy settings, I guess.
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Posted: Nov 5th 2011 7:22PM bobfish said

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@Shardie

It does look out of place, but I like the fact that it has seasons. Going from beautiful green grass of summer to a white blanket of snow in winter is cool.

Not enough games do that... well none actually that come to mind.
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Posted: Nov 5th 2011 5:31PM BigAndShiny said

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Looks like a ton of amazing stuff. I have to say I'm more impressed with this than with Blizzard's new expansion. The scale to which housing is being implemented [it looks like there are seasons?] and the way you can change everything is great and helps make the game feel like a world.

Is the game doing really well in asia for them to afford all this stuff?

Posted: Nov 5th 2011 5:48PM Zyrusticae said

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@BigAndShiny

Yes.

Aion is currently the most popular game in Korea. Yes, even more popular than Starcraft (more people WATCH Starcraft than PLAY Starcraft, believe it or not).

See: http://www.incgamers.com/News/20833/aion-tops-internet-cafe-rankings-in-korea

So, basically, Western players get the benefit of all that development revenue that *isn't* coming from them, getting all these updates for free.

Aion is also funding development of Blade & Soul, interestingly enough. So they've been able to simultaneously fund two major projects off of just one game. Not too shabby, eh?
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Posted: Nov 5th 2011 6:55PM (Unverified) said

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@BigAndShiny

I agree. This is what an expansion should be like. Aion always seemed to require more time investment than I could afford, but this trailer has my interest peaked...again:)
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Posted: Nov 5th 2011 7:19PM BigAndShiny said

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Its pretty great that a small western community essentially gets a massive development team for free then :)
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Posted: Nov 5th 2011 8:46PM (Unverified) said

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@BigAndShiny

There's good and bad with that. On the good side, you have the deep pockets of NCSoft and Aion's success in Korea driving the game's development. On the bad side, that development is geared towards a Korean audience. There have been however some tweaks for the NA audience, most notably the changes to rifting.
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Posted: Nov 5th 2011 10:22PM Gaugamela said

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@BigAndShiny Since Aion has the second biggest MMO playerbase in Xfire I always thought it was doing great in the western market.
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Posted: Nov 5th 2011 11:09PM Zyrusticae said

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@Gaugamela

Well, the Xfire statistic is an accumulated number of hours played by Xfire users. As such, it's not a terribly useful statistic by any objective measure.

For example, EVE Online is 6 years older than Aion and also has one of the highest concurrent player counts in the western hemisphere, yet it's still beat out by Aion on Xfire. This indicates that EVE players are not fans of Xfire more than anything else. Likewise with Champions Online and Everquest II both having accumulated hours-played in the triple digits, which really makes no sense. I know for a fact that both games have player bases, at the very least, in the thousands, and that they do not all play for 20 minutes at a time and then leave forever. :p
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Posted: Nov 5th 2011 11:13PM Zyrusticae said

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@Zyrusticae

For lack of an edit button:

I just noticed that it says hours played *yesterday*, so it makes a bit more sense in that context.

Still, again, it only counts Xfire users, so take from that what you will.
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