Aion is officially free-to-play in Europe and NCsoft has released videos for the Asmodians and the Elyos nations.
The videos show the conflict from the point of view of the Asmodians and the Elyos, the later of which are the human occupants of the lower half of Atreia.
NCsoft has also announced some changes to its restrictions on the free-to-play model based on player feedback received from the beta.
Here’s the changelog:
- Whisper function for “Starters “ (level 10+) is no longer restricted – Before: Whisper only possible to players on friendlist. Now: Whisper chat with players not on friendslist possible. Reason: With this change Starters are able to join groups which are recruiting via the Find Group feature. Starters however cannot place their own search query for a group. They only can join and respond to existing Recruit Group requests.
- Gathering limit restriction for “Starter” has been raised – Before: Players could gather 50 pieces /day. Now: Players can now gather 150 pieces /day. Reason: The new limit should help Starters with their crafting professions and leveling essence/aether tapping thus making it easier to finish gathering quests.
- NPC sell limit restriction for “Starter” has been raised – Before: NPC sell limit was set to a low level. Now: NPC sell limit is raised and matches the needs of the players better. Reason: The NPC sell limit has been raised and balanced to match players’ needs better.
- Gold Pack bonus “10 EXP amulets with 50% increase” has been removed from the Gold Pack – Before: Gold Pack included 10 EXP amulets with 50% EXP increase. Now: Gold Pack has no longer 10 EXP amulets with 50% EXP increase. Reason: The Gold pack has been adjusted and the EXP amulets have been removed. Instead we will plan several EXP events where all players can participate to have an equal game experience and leveling progress for everyone at the same time.
Aion goes free-to-play in the US this spring, alongside the launch of Update 3.0, Ascension.