3.0 is now Live in the US. Aion is now Truely Free. Yes, 100% of the game content is absolutely free with zero limits for free players. Pay site is purely aesthetic items and buffs.
So let me tell you some things about Aion:
Press Release with relaunched website (For US F2P): HERE
Read up, looks like a lot of good stuff if you ever enjoyed Aion.
The EU and US F2P systems are different and ran by different companies. See my post HERE for more information!
I have no idea if EU players will be able to finagle some US accounts to play there, but it appears (In my view anyway) that the US F2P system is far
better as it doesn't block off any content until you spend money like the EU. The whole game is playable in its entirety in the US when it goes F2P. I'll update with a date when it happens.
Welcome to Aion
Do PA duders play? Not so much anymore...
If someone wants to update me with current PA player info I can put it here but right not it seems like the remaining folks who do
play are scattered about on the wind.
There are only 4 NA servers (2 West, 2 East) now but there is still no central PA server, so just go wherever you feel like. Ask here if there's anyone active playing on a particular server if you desire.
I guess there are 5 NA servers if you count the Oceanic server but that's not really North America
now is it? It just happens to be on the server list for NA accounts. Damn Oceanicans. All up ins.
PA SERVER INFO:
THERE IS NO CURRENT PA PLAYER PRESENCE ON ANY GIVEN SERVER
Many Forumers are scattered about on various servers due to RL Friendships, etc. So feel free to ask if folks are on your server of preference; just keep in mind there will be no "official" PA presence there.
The monthly fee is $14.99
This is not a free to play game like Guild Wars. This is a full fledged MMO
Aion is NCSofts latest MMO, launching everywhere that isn't Asia on Sept 22, 2009. Why not Asia? Because those fuckers have had the game for like a year now.
I'm just going to rip this shit straight from the main site.
Once connected by the Tower of Eternity, Atreia was sundered by an ancient cataclysm. On your journey to bring salvation to the world, your character will traverse the inner surface of Atreia, exploring lush lands, floating islands, chaotic voids, and many other amazing vistas.
Each half of the shattered world is inhabited by one of two playable divine factions: the Elyos and the Asmodians. Isolated by the Cataclysm that broke Atreia apart, each side has brooded for centuries on the catastrophic events of the past. Their hatred for each other has only intensified.
Many centuries after the Cataclysm, fragments of the destroyed Tower began to float mysteriously in the air, and investigations revealed unstable portals that opened into a dimension of darkness and wonder where fragments of the Tower drifted. This place was named the Abyss. Within the Abyss, the once-lost power of flight is now commonplace. The Abyss is where Elyos and Asmodians contend to fight an epic battle for supremacy.
As the Elyos and the Asmodians uncovered new, more stable portals to the Abyss, they encountered a primeval terror that they had known only in storybooks: the Balaur. Banished to an unknown dimension during the Cataclysm, the Balaur are the ancient enemy of all the peoples of Atreia. The Balaur's continual war on humanity led to Cataclysm. Now they have returned, the survival of both races and Atreia itself is more uncertain than ever.
There's a lot more to it than that and the level grind is chock full of in-game story and lore that is actually pretty neat if you take the time to read your quests and watch the cutscenes.
In the beginning there isn't a whole lot of trailblazing here as far as gameplay goes. It starts out as typical MMO fare with fedex quests, collect quests, kill x creature quests, etc. If you've played WoW or any recent MMO you will feel comfortable off the bat with the controls and feel of the gameworld.
Combat feels different enough from your typical MMO however. At first you'll have one or two abilities and it just seems like spam spam spam. But then you begin to get combo skills, reactive skills, chain skills, badass skills
and combat in Aion really begins to shine and stand out above what else is out there in the MMORPG genre. It feels considerably more like an action game and you are in for more control of your characters behavior and functioning in battles.
As if that weren't good enough, at level 10 you get wings
. So what, you may ask. I can fly in a lot of MMO's, you might say. Well, can you participate in full scale PvE and
PvPvE while flying in those games? Yeah, I didn't think so. Aion takes flying to a whole new level and makes half the game completely centered around the fact that you are an ascended being that can fly and makes full use of the ability in various ways in both PvP and PvE.
There are two races in Aion; representing the two different factions. Elyos and Asmodeans. You are not limited to classes between the races, each race can be any class.
The Elyos are a beautiful and radiant people. The Cataclysm separated them from the Asmodians and left them to thrive in a bountiful world bathed in golden light and starlight. Elyos are comforting, warm, and friendly, but against foes, they are not kindly or benevolent. The ascended forms of Elyos Daevas have stunning, angelic wings, and their immense strength belies their graceful appearance.
The splendor of the Elyos physical form and the colorful, fertile land the Elyos live in has also led them to become arrogant. The Elyos believe that they are blessed by Aion, while the Asmodians, cast into darkness by the Cataclysm, are seen by the Elyos as twisted and cursed creatures.
The Elyos occupy the lower half of Atreia, known as Elysea. Their capital city is Sanctum. The Elyos serve the five Seraphim Lords who guided them to safety when all seemed lost. The stump of the Tower of Eternity that stands on Elysea is known as the Tower of Light. It serves as a constant reminder to the Elyos people of the terrible mistake perpetuated by the Asmodian people and their Shedim Lords.
The Asmodians are a brave and hardy people. The Cataclysm separated them from the Elyos and plunged them into a world of ice and darkness. To survive such desolation is one thing, but to thrive and prosper as the Asmodians did is quite another. Asmodian skin is pale or dusky, and their eyes have adapted to low light by gaining an otherworldly glow that is most pronounced during combat. Ascended Asmodian Daevas are blessed with strength and the ability to fly, and their feathered wings are dark in color.
Asmodians are generous and fiercely loyal to their own. Asmodians would sooner give their lives in battle than see the life of a comrade taken away. They do not think twice before fighting ferociously against outsiders, showing little or no mercy against Elyos especially.
Asmodians live in the upper half of Atreia, known as Asmodae. Their capital city is Pandaemonium. They follow the Shedim Lords, the five Empyrean Lords ordered by Siel and Israphel to protect the upper foundation of the Tower of Eternity, which is now known as the Tower of Darkness.
As usual the pinkys are the goodies and the darkies are the baddies.
I made this OP in the first place so I'm not stealing it. :wink: