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Posted: Dec 14th 2011 7:40AM Cultor said

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@Dumac & @Protheus
If you have ever played Aion (the payed version) pretty much everything is unlimited (the chat / trade). So if you are interested just find a shop and buy Aion for 5$ so once it goes free to play you can enjoy all the Veteran features.

Posted: Dec 14th 2011 7:50AM Naru now in 3D said

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Wow, the "veteran" plan is totally free to former players and not NEARLY as restrictive as EQ2's awful free-to-play option.

Please let this come to the U.S.!

Posted: Dec 14th 2011 12:43PM Caerus said

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@Naru now in 3D

Seriously, it's nice to see at least a little bit of appreciation thrown our way. If they keep it like this (old, paying players are almost unrestricted) then I'll hit up the 5 or 6 other friends who preordered it with me and then left once we hit the high 30s-low 40s and it became grind city.
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Posted: Dec 14th 2011 7:50AM (Unverified) said

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will definitely try this

Posted: Dec 14th 2011 8:05AM Kalec said

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well I never thought I'd give this game another chance but now that it's f2p I MIGHT end up trying it again ... maybe ?

Posted: Dec 14th 2011 8:10AM Lorell said

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I'm EU Aion player and I have my worries/hopes connected with EU Aion F2P...
Most of them like
- if NCSoft will somehow watch over Gameforge to ensure EU Aion quality (bots, customer supp, patch release)
- how Gameforge will handle Aion EU (like "we will milk you" or "we will just run it as NCSoft would run it but with few limits + item shop things")
-how often patches will be be handle (like NCSoft will ensure Aion F2P will get every patch same time as NA region or it will depend on Gameforge mood "nah, we won't buy and release 3.x patch").

List go on... :/

Posted: Dec 14th 2011 9:44AM SirBow said

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@Lorell.
Exactly as you've stated there mate. I'm more than happy for a more active world, but dont want to see a drop in the content given.
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Posted: Dec 14th 2011 8:12AM Valdur said

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Looks like it's time to dust my Aion account,install the game and patch it :)

Posted: Dec 14th 2011 8:29AM Perdurabo said

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Please oh please oh please oh PLEASE carry over to the US swiftly. Been dying to give this a go, but there's only so many subs a month one can budget responsibly...

Posted: Dec 14th 2011 8:32AM tVdP said

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I was very involved in that game from its beta, and managed to acquire a certain reputation of fair play that followed me on other games, to explain why Aion has still a place in my heart.

I bought the Collector Edition for the PvP, then Aion changed the deal.
It was a betrayal for the PvP segment of their clientele. Such a huge marketing mistake.

So now...
If there was an hardcore PvP server, why not? I'll consider going back to it.
No protection (back to the old rift system) no more PvP progression by doing PvE, to start with.

Comments back on the character page, that social part was fantastic for the good the bad and the ugly.

In France, the Community Managers were not intelligent enough and their over view quite limited, it was like getting that job was a reward for them, a thing you usually get at the end not at the beginning of an adventure.

Going F2P has nothing to do with a come back on that game for me, and really, see nothing other than my nostalgia of the beginnings, as I am myself in a delicate economical situation as many of us.

I beg you pardon, If I have been rude with such a beautiful language.

Posted: Dec 14th 2011 8:39AM nhat said

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Lineage 2 was pretty good but the controls really put me off and the somewhat outdated graphics.

In the end I only care most about the controls because it's a game and a game suppose to have solid controls. (I'm a KB user).

I'll jump on Aion and stick with it if it goes F2P

Posted: Dec 14th 2011 8:56AM Felnor said

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It was an interesting game to say at the least and entertained me for about a month before I said ehhh, whatever. Got a cool figurine for my bookcase though from the CE.

Posted: Dec 14th 2011 10:44AM Sunlover said

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Called it. Again. Not that you have to be psychic or some super-smart analyst guy to see these things coming. I remember telling someone in a reply to a comment on this site that Aion would do so, or at least that NCSoft would explore the option to go F2P, after they attacked and dismissed another person for what seemed like just another "LOLAionGoingF2POrFailing" troll attempt.

There just isn't enough room for so many MMOs to make money using the old business model. The market simply cannot sustain it. At most, 2 or 3 large, triple A (or whatever you want to call them) games will be able to sustain 15 dollar or so subs and do very well. I'm going to guess that, for the next year or so, WoW, SWTOR and Rift will be these games. Others will release and be sub-based for a time, but eventually they too will succumb to the inability of the market to sustain them at expected profit levels and will convert to the newer business models. That, or they will take the place of one of the top 2 or 3 I mentioned, though I find that unlikely in the near future. Also, there will still be the few games that are smaller and have subs here and there, but they will be bit players in niche markets with things like sandbox gameplay and hardcore, open world, loot-your-corpse pvp or other unpopular game styles and mechanics.

All this changes when Guild Wars 2 drops though. All hell breaks loose then. If Arenanet delivers on the promise of GW2, things are going to change for good. Games like Firefall may also have an impact, though I've not seen enough of Firefall to make an educated guess. Other F2P games in general are having an impact across the board, competing for time invested and played and money spent. By removing the barriers of initial purchases and subscriptions, developers give players the incentive to keep logging in or coming back and eventually spending money on something when they do.

I just don't see the old model lasting much longer if games with newer business models continue to launch at the current rate and with the increasing level of quality that they have been.

Also: this is good news and I hope they plan on going F2P in North America as well. =)

Posted: Dec 14th 2011 11:16AM VikingGamer said

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Got to admit, this is a pretty decent deal. I hope this comes to the states.

But hands down, Aion is still probably the most beautiful game out there right now. I still recommend it. and it is not nearly as grindy as it used to be.

Posted: Dec 14th 2011 11:48AM Utakata said

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I personally still have a lot of distrust for any game that is or is going to be F2P. But I have to remind myself...it's better than Aion's current horrible model of subs with MT's.

...my only hope is that those who choose the gold package (subscription option) will get a monthly stipen to use on their cash shop, similar to CoH does currently. It will make this transition a bit fairer.

Posted: Dec 14th 2011 12:15PM psycros said

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@Utakata : except that the "stipend" is a complete joke. Maybe enough to unlock ONE class or buy ONE costume set. A paying subscriber should get access to everything, period.

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Posted: Dec 14th 2011 12:18PM psycros said

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@psycros : and yes, I know subscribers get all classes and content by default, as well as some of the premium costume sets, but its still ridiculous. Why pay for the cow if you can't get all the milk?
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Posted: Dec 14th 2011 4:48PM Utakata said

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@psycros

I'm not sure if I am allowed to reply when you /thread'd the conversation, but I am going to assume I am anyways...

...it's not a complete joke as you even contradicted yourself by admitting you get something for it. (I think I've purchased over 4 costume sets and a rocket board so far with this model without paying extra). Which far more than any sub with pay walled MT's that you can only pay with gold press'd USD.

Granted it still unfair to you and me when other players can dump a month's worth of salary onto the Cash Shop so you and I can watch them prance around with everything. But note I said, "a bit fairer"...I did not claim it was entirely fair, which it's obviously not. And I agree, they could be more generous. But that's not the gist of my point...

...I am saying it's better than nothing, and that's what you get with Aion currently in NA. And hopefully it will not be the same for Aion in EU. /shrug
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Posted: Dec 14th 2011 11:51AM Zyrusticae said

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It seems kind of strange to me to actually be hoping for something to go F2P, but, well....

I'm hoping for this to come to the NA side. Really, the way NCSoft's been treating the game, with its massive cash shop and all, this is just way overdue. And while the servers on this side of the pond remain some semblance of healthy, they'd be FAR healthier if the game did not have the sub fee. Just thinking about how much better the game would be with a server population over three times larger makes me quite curious.

Although I do wish they'd be more honest and call it "Freemium" and not F2P. But that's a semantics issue, I know...

Posted: Dec 14th 2011 12:21PM Sam not Spam said

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Interesting; I thought it was doing better in the overall Western market, but I guess Aion is like Lineage then? Only really popular in Asia?

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