Aion Going Free To Play

NCSoft’s MMO, Aion, will be going free to play in February 2012.

Aion is a fantasy MMO which originally launched in 2008 in South Korea, before launching worldwide in 2009.

NCSoft’s Chief Strategic Officer, Songyee Yoon said;

“…by introducing the free-to-play model, we hope more gamers in Europe will be able to experience the epic story of Aion. NCsoft welcomes the partnership with Gameforge with its long MMO experience in the free-to-play sector and its excellent knowledge of the European market.

Alexander Rosner, Gameforge’s Executive Director, also spoke about the move.

“In Aion we have received a flagship title for our MMO sector which perfectly complements our current portfolio. We have worked hard with NCSoft to develop a fair free-to-play model for new players as well as the current community. In the future we will of course continue to develop new content and extend it, working in close cooperation with the players.”

NCSoft is also currently working with Carbine Studios on their new MMO entitled WildStar.

Source: Press Release

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8 Comments

  1. First DC universe.
    Now this!
    And the fantastic upcoming Guild Wars 2 is also a one-time buy!

    Bioware better catch the wind of change before it’s to late!

  2. sweet, that looked like a good game but paying a sub just isn’t on the cards for me at the moment, i’ll definitely give the free version a try.

  3. Sweet :D :D

  4. Aioooooooon, I’ve longed to try but the sub thing put me off.

  5. The thing that strikes me as a little odd is why developers don’t detach themselves from the £8-9 subscription guideline. If I could get premium content for £3-5 then I would subscribe to most MMOs a lot more regularly. There’s got to be a reason behind it.

  6. I’ve not heard of this before. I’ll certainly give it a look when I get a chance.

  7. Heard there is tonnes of ganking in this game and penalties can be rough ala EvE. One of the reasons I didnt sub.

  8. Bah. I don’t like NCSoft after they wouldn’t sell the rights back to the developer when they shut down my MMO (at least not at a price they could afford).

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