Karlsruhe, 16.12.2011 — Gameforge, Europe’s leading developer and publisher of online games, today revealed details about the account model for fantasy MMO Aion.
With Aion’s relaunch at the beginning of February, the game will switch from a subscription-based model to a free one, in which payments are optional: the model known throughout the industry as free-to-play. This is how it will work:
Aion for everyone: each user, regardless of whether they are Starters or Veterans, will also receive full access to the item shop. Players are given the opportunity to pay real money to create their own individual character by purchasing, for example, unique pieces of clothing, rare pets or a new hairstyle. In addition, there is the Gold Pack option, which removes all the account’s functional restrictions and grants additional bonuses to the player for a limited time, which can increase the amount of experience points gained or reduce the cooldown time after instance completion.
“We’re looking forward to transforming Aion, one of the leading MMOs into a free-to-play model and thus giving lots more players the chance to enter this fantastic world, “says Volker Boenigk, Executive Product Director for Aion at Gameforge. He adds: “We chose our model very carefully to make sure that all valuable game content is available to all users for free. By adopting this approach, we are convinced that we are giving current players as well as new players a fair model and are very excited to hear about the community’s reaction”.
Beginners: new players, called Starters, can simply start playing and will get free access to Aion’s entire game content right away. This includes, for example, races, classes, instances, equipment items, player versus player content and handcrafting jobs. The only limitations starters will have is reduced access to functions such as the chat and the auction house. These measures have been introduced to prevent the use of automated programmes (BOTs) and trading with real money.
Aion Veterans: active and former Aion players will be classified as Veterans and will enjoy free access to all game functions. These accounts benefit from bonuses such as reduced cooldown times for instances as well as increased PvP coin rewards. Following approval in the user settings of NCSoft‘s PlayNC account management, the account will be switched to the free-to-play model, meaning that Veterans can continue playing the game as usual, but that it will be free of charge from February. You can find out more detailed information about the account switch at www.aionfreetoplay.com.
AION is Asian premium game development studio NCsoft®’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.