Aion free-to-play update hits April 11

Rebranded as Aion: Ascension, NCsoft's MMORPG adopts new business model early next month.

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Next month, gamers can trek through the expanses of Atreia in NCsoft's massively multiplayer online role-playing game Aion for free, the company has announced. The 2009 game will relaunch as the free-to-play Aion: Ascension on April 11. Previously, the switch was planned to take place sometime this spring.

Aion's lush worlds can be experienced for free beginning next month.
Aion's lush worlds can be experienced for free beginning next month.

Aion: Ascension will launch as part of the game's 3.0 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, more than 3,000 quests, more than 30 instances, and auction houses.

For more on Aion, check out GameSpot's review of the MMORPG.

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