Aion free-to-play update dropping this spring

[CORRECTION] NCsoft reveals free-to-play overhaul of MMOG arriving in the coming months as Aion: Ascension as part of 3.0 content update.

Soon, North American gamers will have access to a free version of massively multiplayer game Aion.

Aion flips the switch to F2P this spring.

NCsoft today sent word that Aion--rebranded as Aion: Ascension--will be free-to-play in North America beginning this spring. The change will occur as part of the game's 3.0 content update, which brings a new level cap (60), as well as fresh zones, mounts, houses, and instances to the game.

Aion Ascension will give gamers access to the entire game, which includes two expansions, over 3,000 quests, more than 30 instances, and auction houses.

Also rolling out with the Aion 3.0 content update will be new real money trading (RMT) measures, which NCsoft says will help bolster safety and security for transactions within the game.

[CORRECTION] The original version of this story indicated Aion was already free-to-play in Europe. GameSpot regrets the error.

For more on Aion's free-to-play business model switch, check out GameSpot's interview with the developer concerning the decision. For more on Aion, check out GameSpot's review.

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39 comments
akhauskinz
akhauskinz

LOL @ brunorr for thinking Aion is anything like WoW

CocaColaNinja
CocaColaNinja

@wexorian There aren't the same i don't know where you have been

wexorian
wexorian

@CocaColaNinja it's not everyone who think it's wow killer its not. i want to find New MMO, Better with new style and new engine but there's not All mmo are same and that's bad :)

Dark_December
Dark_December

This game had many major problems at launch and for a couple months too. Bots, hacks, rubberbanding, stolen accounts, hardcore death penalties, no loot on bosses... Name it. But the game was beautiful and the combat mechanics were great. Let's hope all the problems were solved and give it a try!

CocaColaNinja
CocaColaNinja

@wexorian So your saying that SWTOR isn't a wow killer

HappyBB
HappyBB

I really hate free-2-play game business model. I don't like MMOGs, either.

baal46
baal46

Free2Play : Pay2Win

wexorian
wexorian

And this was wow killer How i remember ye? :)))))) No more fee MMos it's blizzard and bioware time to GOne free

wexorian
wexorian

like we did not predicted this :D

brunorr
brunorr

That's what happens when you copy a 2004 game for the 100th time. I'd pay $50 a month for an original sandbox MMO.

Ringx55
Ringx55

I've always wanted to check out Aion maybe now I will :)

sonicare
sonicare

Nice. I may have to check this out.

knuf
knuf

hy there i played AION TILL LEVEL 36,then my accound was stolen.

ramb1402
ramb1402

It should have been free to begin with, this is probably a marketing strategy to get more people and then offer p2p as an option with "cool stuff". No thanks i will to pass.

gix47
gix47

was ok,but wasnt enough to keep me away form WoW, was kinda surprised it didn't go to F2P sooner

devilfemale
devilfemale

Will they make it free-to-play all over the world soon (in next 1-2 years) or it will be free-to-play only for North America?

servb0ts
servb0ts

I love seeing FTP MMO but these greedy bastards need to seriously bring them to consoles as well, why limit your fanbase to PC exclusives?

akhauskinz
akhauskinz

FYI I have been playing since launch, and for those who say it was grindy, it was very grindy. LOL how things change, there is a guy I know on my server who went from 1-55 in 5 days a few months ago. Depends on your flavor, IMO the endgame is the best but pop was lacking, so I am happy it's going F2P.

megakick
megakick

I will be playing Guildwars 2 and i'll wait for the new Lineage before i'll play this.

chia4895
chia4895

So in other words, they're making it should have been at launch?

Barighm
Barighm

@fatee MMO's are a ton of fun when you're playing with friends, so for the most part, people are paying for the chance to tackle an expansive, persistent world with their buddies and making new friends. Of course, there are the weirdos who ARE playing for the sake of leveling and hoarding loot, but every town has their kooks. I know I couldn't play WoW anymore when all my friends quit playing.

downloadthefile
downloadthefile

Incredibly long leveling for this one, be warned those who don't want to do some intense grinding.

Zenstrive
Zenstrive

so many F2P...so little time....I wish I can do Body Clone Jutsu...

hemoleech
hemoleech

I'm torn whether I want to start playing again. There's some parts of the game I liked and other parts I just hated.

lalalei
lalalei

it's not bad but i stopped playing around level 12. grindy game

TheVGamer
TheVGamer

Good, hope they do make the system fair.

Salt_AU
Salt_AU

I will definitely be going back to Aion for a look.

warrner11
warrner11

now only if NCsoft would bring back Auto Assault F2P

mhaed
mhaed

I've only ever played free-to-play MMO's when I've had absolutely nothing else to play and there was absolutely nothing else to do, and even then, they still feel like they're not worth the time investment.

Xandoom
Xandoom

I despise the F2P model with every fiber of my being...at least there is still Star Wars: The Old Republic.

fatee
fatee moderator

I've tried several free-to-play MMO's, and honestly i'd rather be playing a web-browser game then them... there is just something about MMO's that are incredibly boring. If they removed the endless grinding and actually put content I care about, perhaps I'd give this one a shot - but alas, endless grinding is what an MMO is all about. That fact that some of you out there PAY to grind over and over and over... is well, mind boggling.

shadowhunter0
shadowhunter0

@Mariner32 they way that I have being seeing this game that go f2p they still have a paying service which gives them more chr slots more classes and bunch of extra stuff that should be available to everyone which really pisses me off so far the only game that has doe f2p right is Perfect World to bad the game itself isn't all that great

Snaptrap
Snaptrap

Strange, I've been told that they weren't going to make the NA version of the game F2P. With Guild Wars 2 on the horizon, I really don't care now anyway.

Xeogua
Xeogua

Going to try this one for sure.

Echo13791
Echo13791

Might as well try out F2P MMOs. If you don't like it then stop playing and nothing is lost. Why not?

Mariner32
Mariner32

I'm definitely going to check this out when it goes FtP. I just wonder how they're treating the paying customer base they've had until now. I know I'd be a bit pissed if I payed $60 + monthly fees only to have the game become free a few years later...

dirtyfunkmaster
dirtyfunkmaster

might actually try this now. Knew it would happen eventually.