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Posted: Feb 20th 2012 5:22PM drginger said

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It is time to get a house
maybe wed an in-game spouse
decorate the living room
could I please have my own loom ?
shugo, guard and NPC
they will never get a key

I can't wait for 3.0 either. Can you tell ? :P Great article, btw.

Posted: Feb 20th 2012 5:38PM (Unverified) said

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I'm actually really looking forward to this going f2p. If NCSoft plays their cards right (and that's a big IF, don't do it like AoC), Aion could be one the best f2p games out there

Posted: Feb 20th 2012 5:45PM Khai mann said

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I've been waiting for F2P but information is really hard to come by. I thought the game would go F2P today but I guess I was wrong.
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Posted: Feb 20th 2012 7:21PM drginger said

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@Khai mann I managed to get peek at the Aion EU F2P-forums before they (GameForge) closed the beta yesterday. In response to a beta participant asking when the beta would end, and when the release would happen, a CM from GameForge wrote:
"As we need to evaluate your characters and then dispatch mails to your registered email address so you receive your rewards (a voucher system), evaluate all the Beta feedback you submitted (Thanks for all the great feedback at this point!), set up the website, the migration of the database, migration of the forum database, set up your new forums..., it takes around a week and some sleepless nights to set up everything for you."
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Posted: Feb 21st 2012 1:02AM Cyroselle said

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@(Unverified) Yes, I usually wouldn't wish F2P on anyone, but as a person that had played Aion from beta to launch and then 6 months after that before getting burnt out, F2P is probably the only way I'm going to check out that game again.

And actually there are a lot of microtransaction items in their store already, so the transition ought not to be a rough one.
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Posted: Feb 20th 2012 5:47PM Arcline said

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As exciting as 3.0 sounds, I'm still curious if it'll draw enough people back from the games they left Aion for. Personally, I haven't resubbed in a long time, but I do check the forums often and see nothing but doom and gloom. How's the population? Do you think 3.0 will be enough to revitalize it, or would a possible transition to f2p (or could just be 3.0 alone) with this 'Remember...' theme of theirs be enough?

On a final note, is Japan blocked from accessing the NA servers? I might be moving there soon, and if by some off-chance I got back into Aion, it'd be nice to keep my 55/54 characters.

Posted: Feb 20th 2012 7:38PM J45neoboy said

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If leveling wasn't so slow in the game, I would still be playing it right now. Sadly I quit after about a month and a half in November

Posted: Feb 20th 2012 9:44PM Lockisezmode said

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Too bad 3.0 is too little to late for P2P Aion. Now if it becomes F2P Aion maybe it will take off again.

Posted: Feb 20th 2012 9:51PM Faction 3 said

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MJ's articles are the best, its a shame she doesn't do more than just Aion.

I've never played Aion, or even remotely have a shred of interest in playing Aion, but reading MJs articles are always entertaining.

Posted: Feb 20th 2012 9:53PM Faction 3 said

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@Faction 3

Oh, and the SAR articles.
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Posted: Feb 20th 2012 9:53PM gravy69 said

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i would go back if they would address the damn xp from quest. ive been 52 for six months now cuz of the dumb ass grind

Posted: Feb 20th 2012 11:37PM (Unverified) said

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Too little, too late. Only F2P can save the game now, and the way they are teasing the NA crowds with this whole 'Remember' thing is deplorable. They are /still/ paying! They should have all the info they can read before their minds turn to mush.

Posted: Feb 21st 2012 4:59AM Arcline said

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So true. If I were still a paying subscriber, I'd be just as angry as every forum poster is about that Remember crap.
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Posted: Feb 21st 2012 12:54AM Valentina said

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This was probably the single most hyped game there was back when it was coming out; it was touted as the asian WoW, but with a stronger emphasis on story, with primary leveling through quests/PvE. Then it came out and was almost as grindy as any other port over. I wanted to love this game but it really just wasn't what it needed to be in order to see major success over here, and hopefully served as a hundredth and final example of our expectations from games.

It's a gorgeous game, it had such potential, but it fell flat on it's delivery. I'm hoping to see a massive success with it's F2P transition, maybe I'll try it out again then but I'm not really sure. I felt like I was one of the last subscribers when I quit (I know I wasn't), but my server had once been extremely heavily populated, was dead by the time I quit. Only one person I started the game with was still playing, and NCsoft moved at the speed of a sloth getting content updates out to us. Hope to see a change in this as well with the F2P transition.

Posted: Feb 21st 2012 3:57AM Cyroselle said

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@Arcline IMO the addition of PVE servers would likely draw more people in.

I don't have any numbers to back this up, but IMO the people that enjoy compulsory PVP are in the minority vs. those that prefer PVE, but might PVP once in a while.

Posted: Feb 21st 2012 4:57AM Arcline said

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@Cyroselle

Yeah, I've certainly seen that argument, and I actually wouldn't mind it myself as someone who prefers pve over pvp. But from my understanding, even getting the devs to fulfill requests at much smaller scales is impossible, so expecting them to alter the game to allow for optional pvp would take a miracle.
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Posted: Feb 21st 2012 11:41AM Cyroselle said

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@Arcline Yeah, that's one of the unfortunate thing about having the main body of developers in another country...

And honestly I'll bet it's pretty frustrating for NCSoft West: I can imagine them telling the NCSoft home base that the Western audience would be better served with X, and then being told to suck it.
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Posted: Feb 21st 2012 2:49PM Zyrusticae said

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@Cyroselle

Yuuuup, that sounds about right. I do not envy NCWest's position in this at all.
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Posted: Feb 21st 2012 8:36AM Crsh said

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The trouble with NCsoft is, they keep promising exciting stuff but don't deliver. Or it's always too little, too late. Whichever (doesn't) happen first.

Posted: Feb 21st 2012 11:44AM Cyroselle said

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@Crsh They also let their marketing department just run with things a little too much..

Such as before Aion had actually come out, the marketing hype was that you could fly everywhere, or the infamous 'Visions' trailer are great examples.
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