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Fri, Sep 25, 2009 | 09:58 BST
Aion’s launched in Europe, NCsoft confirmed today.
The MMO is by far the largest game of its type taking off this year, and those looking to inhabit the European servers will no doubt be praying the crippling rush of the game’s pre-start program has calmed somewhat.
“We’re extremely excited to finally deliver the game to Western audiences and believe they will enjoy Aion as much as Eastern players have,” said Jaeho Lee, CEO NCsoft West.
“The effort we put into Westernising Aion is unprecedented in our industry. Players will experience a completely rewritten storyline spanning more than two-million words, along with a variety of enhancements specifically for Western audiences.”
PR after the break.
Wed, Sep 23, 2009 | 12:02 BST
NCsoft MMO Aion’s been experiencing some clogging issues since it went live yesterday, with many seeing waits of several hours before being able to get a-levelling.
The publisher isn’t worried.
“This isn’t a scenario that’s likely to be repeated regularly since it’s really just about that initial rush of players trying to gain access to the game,” a rep told EG.
“These next few days we will be calculating data and weighing the ideal time to open more servers. I think that the community will understand how important a healthily populated server in a game with PvPvE is, and that we do not want to go down the low-pop server path.”
The game releases in Europe on Friday.
Mon, Sep 21, 2009 | 13:23 BST
Aion’s will get “at least” one major annual content update going forward, NCsoft has confirmed to VG247.
“There will be at least one major update a year,” said brand manager Christian-Peter Heimbach, talking in an interview published today.
“You know this from our previous titles. We’re currently adjusting on how we’re going to make these available, but there will be free content updates for all players, and we’re looking then at how big the major updates will be.”
The MMO, which has collected a giant 400,000 pre-orders, will go live in the US tomorrow and on Friday in Europe.
NCsoft has long adhered to a system of providing its MMOs with yearly content updates.
Mon, Sep 21, 2009 | 12:32 BST
In case you’ve been living under a rock, NCsoft MMO Aion releases this week. More than 400,000 people are lined up to play the Korean fantasy import, and it’s looking very much like this is the largest MMO event of the year by a substantial margin.
To celebrate, we had a chat with brand manager Christian-Peter Heimbach at NCsoft’s Brighton office on westernizing the game, plans for the future and plenty more.
After the break.
Sat, Sep 19, 2009 | 22:57 BST
Loads of news this week in MMO land, kiddos.
Massively is giving away Beta keys to Star Trek Online, Aion dropped GameGuard and launched its first server, Pirates are everywhere, and Sony is giving you double station cash this weekend.
There is also news concerning Champions Online, EVE, Guild Wars 2, EverQuest, Warhammer, Runes of Magic, and loads of other stuff you can find here instead of searching everywhere.
It’s all past the break.
Thu, Sep 17, 2009 | 17:20 BST
NCsoft has announced that Aion preorders are nearing the 400,000 mark, making it the “biggest MMO launch of the year”.
As a bonus to those who preordered their copy, NCsoft is allowing buyers to pre-select their servers starting September 18 and participate in the five-day headstart period, beginning September 20.
The game goes live for the rest of the world on September 25.
Full press release through the break.
Mon, Sep 14, 2009 | 18:19 BST
NCsoft said today that imminent MMO Aion was constructed from the ground-up to appeal to both Asian and western gamers.
“From the beginning, Aion was designed for a global audience,” said lead desginer Yong Chan Jee, speaking in the game’s latest video podcast.
“Aion adopted a global mind-set, not only in gameplay, but also in other components of the game, such as its visuals, that were designed to embrace both east and west.”
The game has been active in Korea for the past year, and has seen high levels of activity so far. More than 300,000 in the west have activated pre-orders ahead of launch later this month.
Americans get their hands on the western version on September 22, with Europeans getting in on the action three days later.
Watch the video after the break, courtesy of Kotaku.
Fri, Sep 11, 2009 | 17:40 BST
NCsoft MMO Aion now has more than 300,000 activated pre-orders ahead of its western launch later this month, Euro MD Véronique Lallier told VG247 yesterday.
“Aion’s starting to achieve nice numbers,” said the boss. “We are over 300,000 activated pre-orders in the West.
“It’s looking healthy. It’s nice and healthy two weeks before the launch… It looks very good at the moment.”
Aion project lead Christian-Peter Heimbach added that the game’s real western test will come post-launch.
“We have a strong belief in the game,” he said. “We know the quality… and we also have hard numbers, as Vero already confirmed. We’re happy to say that we’re really confident.
“The next thing to prove, of course, is that we can keep this up. I think there’s a solid audience out there eager to play a new MMO, so I think we’re on a good path.”
Aion releases on September 22 in the US and September 25 in Europe.
Tue, Sep 08, 2009 | 10:31 BST
Peripheral manufacturer SteelSeries has shown quite the most amazing custom keyboard for NCsoft MMO Aion, featuring an extra panel of hotkeys on its right hand side.
- Dedicated action keys, menus, and chat commands that are labeled across 69 keys
- Full customization of each key through the SteelSeries Z Engine
- Quick-access emote keys for greeting, intimidating, or taunting your opponents
It’ll never be better than this. Full PR here.
Thu, Aug 27, 2009 | 16:34 BST
NCsoft has announced that its open Beta test for Aion will take place September 6-13.
Open Beta will retain a level cap for both Elyos and Asmodians characters at 30 allowing players to focus on getting to the same level so they can explore Atreia and the Abyss.
Those who have preordered the game will be “treated” to a Pre-Select and a two day Headstart period which will give players a bit more time to get ahead of the curve before it launched on September 22 and 25 in the US and UK, repsectivley.
Pre-Select will take place on the 18th, and Headstart on the 20th.
Full thing below.
Tue, Aug 25, 2009 | 21:49 BST
NCsoft has launched a cross promotion between Aion and Guild Wars.
Basically, if you order a physical first edition of Aion: The Tower of Eternity – not a digital one – you’ll get a special emote tied to your account which allows you to summon a pair of cosmetic wings in Guild Wars.
It’s free, can be used forever and will be made available on September 22 when Aion launches in North America. The emote is also available in Europe.
For more information click here.
Sat, Aug 22, 2009 | 22:05 BST
Loads of World of Warcraft stuff is coming out of BlizzCon 09, but you knew that already.
We also told you about the new CCP game Dust 514 this week thanks to GamesCom, but there is other stuff that went on in the world of MMOs as well.
The Avaline service is now available in Second Life, Warhammer Online is having it’s Wild Hunt Event, an Aion has revealed the Cleric class.
More is through the break.
Wed, Aug 12, 2009 | 19:04 BST
NCsoft has reported a sales and income increase for Q2 fiscal year 2010, with net income at $27.1 million which is up 451 percent compared to the previous quarter.
Sales increased 70 percent to $110.5 million, operating profit rose 353 percent year-over-year to $38.1 million.
Aion: The Tower of Eternity, already out in Korea, Japan and Taiwan, made up 34 percent of those sales with Lineage 2 bringing in 31 percent, and Lineage 23 percent.
Based on Q2, the company has raised its revenue guidance by 17 percent to $470 million, with operating profit forecasted at 80 percent to $144.4 million.
NCsoft’s latest MMO, Aion, is expected to launch in the US and UK September 22 and 25, respectively.
More over in GI.biz.
Sat, Aug 01, 2009 | 21:27 BST
Loads of Beta news this week in MMO round-up.
IncGamers made good on its promise, and has posted part-two of its Aion Beta preview, Mortal Online’s second stage of Beta testing begins soon, CrimeCraft started its Beta and Alganon is prepping for one.
Loads of MMO are going to be coming out soon, and there will be more than just fantasy offerings on the table. Sci-fi, apocalyptic, modern, and steampunk are all heading our way.
Hit the jump for more on the week in MMOs.
Sat, Jul 25, 2009 | 23:09 BST
It’s Saturday again, and time for your dose of MMO news.
This one has been branded the “trouble” edition, because certain MMOS were either in trouble, or getting out of it this week.
First off, Stargate Worlds is rumored to be in massive trouble, Age of Conan isn’t in as much any more, and China has ungrounded World of Warcraft but only a tiny bit. It can still go out on dates, but not whore about the countryside like it had been doing. What a tart.
Other than those bits, the week in MMOs was a bit uneventful. Yeah sure, the major news hit the front page as usual, but there are a few things you may want to know about that didn’t. For that, and the rest of it, along with a song devoted to Second Life, read on below.
Sat, Jul 11, 2009 | 16:06 BST
GoGamer.com has a 48 Hour Madness sale going on that ends Tuesday at 3 am EST.
One sale is upcoming MMO from NCsoft Aion for just $39.90 compared to $49.99, and an imported PC version of Blood Bowl (since it’s not out in the US yet) for $27.90.
Supreme Commander is $7.90, Homeworld is $9.90 and Homeworld 2 is $12.90. Not bad for older games.
Head on over and have a look.
Wed, Jul 08, 2009 | 21:21 BST
NCsoft’s released new Aion screens, this time showing off the MMO’s Templar, Gladiator, Ranger and Assassin classes. They’re on GamersHell.
We say it every time, but Aion really is beautiful. It releases on September 22 in the US and September 25 in Europe.
Sat, Jun 27, 2009 | 22:46 BST
Loads this week in MMO news, and some is more interesting than what we have been offered in previous weeks.
FussionFall is getting an expansion for its 5 million users, the EQI&II trademark rumors turned out to be new expansions, Star Wars will be on hand at Comic-Con, and Conan got a new update.
Also, Warhammer and LotRO are celebrating the summer with festivities to make things a bit more zany and fun.
Find out all about these and others after the break.
Tue, Jun 23, 2009 | 16:28 BST
NCSoft has announced that Aion: The Tower of Eternity will launch in North America on September 22 and in Europe on September 25.
The lovely looking MMO has flying, strategic combat, and the ability to “ascend to divinity”. Cool.
If you haven’t seen the video for it that was posted yesterday, go have a look-see.
Sun, Jun 21, 2009 | 02:34 BST
This week there is a bit more going on in MMOs than last week.
Seems quite a few got game updates, WoW’s Midsummer Fire Festival is in full swing, and City of Heroes is getting power customization.
Loads of stuff really. Read on past the break for the lot of it.