Karlsruhe, 16.08.2013 – Fans of the successful fantasy MMO AION have the chance to try out the content of the forthcoming update 4.0 on a public test server (PTS) in all available language versions. The focus here lies on the high level areas and the content of the current expansion. Patch 4.0 includes the new Engineer and Artist classes as well as three additional areas and six challenging instances.
Onto level 60 in the blink of an eye with the aid of useful items
So that all players are well equipped and best prepared for the challenges of 4.0, helpful items are given out on the public test server via message windows. This includes AION Shop favourites such as Growth Serums with which players can ascend to level 60 in no time at all, as well as equipment pieces, weapons, medals and lots more. Players are free to choose if they want to use them. This makes it possible to play without these supporting items and to experience the content the way it will be available on the European live servers from the 28th of August.
The test client can be downloaded at http://update.aionfreetoplay.com/4-0/openbeta.
Scientists with oomph: the engineer
With the introduction of the engineer, a melee class fascinated by technology and science is being implemented into the game. They make life difficult for their enemies by attacking from a distance with aether-enhanced firearms. To do so, engineers help themselves to quicker and more accurate aether revolvers or to powerful aether cannons. When they ascend to Daevas on level 10, they become ever more powerful Gunners. Gunners are capable of regenerating their health with impressive speed, so that they barely require breathers during combat. Most of their skills are carried out very swiftly, which allows them to perform effective attacks even whilst running.
A trailer showing Gunners in action can be found in the download section.
Art comes from ability: the artist
The second new class in update 4.0 is the Artist. Artists are gentle spirits who trust in the hidden power of music during confrontations. Using the delicate sounds of various string instruments they are capable of attacking and cursing opponents, but also healing and strengthening allies. When artists reach level 10 and become Daevas, they develop into Bards. These legendary singers perfect the skills of the artist, which makes them an incredibly effective class during solo and group play.
An insight into the Bard’s skills can be found in the trailer in the download section.
Additional areas and new instances
The public test server gives you a first insight into the land of Katalam – the former home of the Rune tribe obliterated by Tiamat. The country is divided up into the regions of North Katalam, South Katalam and the Katalam Underground, which can be explored by brave adventurers. There are also six challenging instances to discover, in which Aion heroes’ combat power is put to the ultimate test.
<p><p>&lt;p&gt;AION is Asian premium game development studio NCsoft&amp;reg;&amp;rsquo;s most successful MMO game and remains one of the most popular titles in South Korea. Millions of players all over the world populate the lands and territories of the fantasy world of Atreia. The game has been continually expanded and enhanced with countless updates. Aside from numerous features and functions, this includes standards of the MMO genre such as new instances, interesting reward systems and better level opportunities through quests and innovations. These innovations include the mentor system, where experienced players help out beginners and both sides benefit. AION has been free-to-play since the 29th February 2012, allowing players to experience the game in its entirety for free.&lt;/p&gt;</p></p>