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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Aion going Free-To-Play on 28th February

NCSoft has announced that their original Pay-To-Play MMORPG, Aion will be relaunching as a Free-To-Play title. The entire game will be open to free players, with some limitations such as trading, chatting, poorer rewards from quests, and a few other restrictions. Apart from the limitations, F2P players can do everything else in the game.
There will be three different player statuses depending on the payment model they choose:
  1. Starter
    • Free to play users
    • Limited game features
  2. Veteran
    • Former subscribers
    • Nearly full game features
  3. Gold Pack
    • Ongoing subscribers
    • Full game features with bonuses
It's not the first time that a P2P MMO has gone F2P in the past few years, and I think that going F2P is definitely the way forward in the world of MMOs.
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  1. It's certainly the way to go if you can't keep the subscribers as it will severely limit the funds for development of the game. Which also means it's probably the start of the end.

    1. True. I'd much rather a buy to play model like Guild Wars 2.

  2. I'll have to check it out. Even WoW has gone F2P lately, for the first 20 levels at least.

  3. Interesting, a lot of MMORPGs that are not as big as WOW or SWTOR have been doing this recently, as it helps boost the number of players and possible subscribers. Good luck to them!

  4. GUYS! Please don't play Aion. I payed for this game for two months, and stopped playing after a few days. The grinding is just so mundane and pointless, it's got no lore, and it's so bland.

    1. Korean MMORPGS tend to be rather grindy. But I guess some people like the grind.

  5. Heard about this game, now that it's F2P I guess it's worth checking out, thanks for sharing.

  6. I have no idea about any of this stuff, BUT I'm slowly getting the gist of MMO. Is that an improvement? :)

  7. Limited F2P is the only way to stay competitive in the market today as more games come online. If the consumer benefits, it's a good thing.

  8. Haven't played it before, but free is always a good start point for me.

  9. Wonder how long it'll take until WoW does the same thing.

  10. I heard something about that
    I remember playing it a long time ago
    sadly I won't be playing it in the future though
    so many other better options
    and ME3 is just days away!!!

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  12. free to play is a big growing trend. not sure if that's good or not. i guess some games can really only be successful that way

  13. Heh, another one! I actually did think that it would not hold as a P2P type of game. Too little good, original stuff in it for that...