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Aion Goodness

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Xel The Wanderer, Jun 5, 2008.

  1. Xel The Wanderer

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    Hail All!

    For those of you who've been keeping up with Aion: The Tower of Eternity or for those of you who are chaffing because you rode a mechanical bull last night for an inexplicable amount of time... :stretcher:

    I forgot what I was going to say...

    Oh yes, the good folks at NCSoft have updated the official US and European websites of Aion: The Tower of Eternity, respectfully.

    http://www.aiononline.com/us/

    http://eu.aiononline.com/en/

    Both sites are worth checking out as each one presents the goods in their own, unique way. Some argue that one is better than the other, and I say any information is good information as long as there's no chaffing involved. Pull up a pint (or ten pints) of Guinness or a bottle of sake, and take a gander at some of the shwag that Aion has to offer.

    Now to return to the regularly scheduled sake shots... Mmmm... sake... :danceb:
     
  2. Lairkingo

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    When are they aiming to release it?
     
  3. Xel The Wanderer

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    It's currently entering it's Closed Beta 3 phase at this point and time. The Abyss (which is an open PvP zone for both factions) is going to be introduced in this round so it'll be exciting to see what this area has to offer. The Dev Team have been extremely receptive to the input they're receiving from the beta testers which is always a good thing. I'm not sure of an official release date, but I'm glad that they're not rushing things and actually doing their best to tweak/balance/optimize the game.

    Ayase and kieron (for those of you who remember who kieron is, he was a Counselor/Seer/Event Moderator for UO as well as other projects he pursued in the past) are doing great at communicating between the Power-That-Be at NCSoft and the Aion Community. I'd also love to know an exact release date of Aion, but on the other side of the coin, I'm glad that they're not rushing this to go Live because Aion looks to be a very solid and unique title that would appeal to everyone. It'd be a shame if this game was released with obvious, glaring bugs and poor gameplay elements, but then again, there's never been an MMORPG, atleast to my knowledge, that was bug-free when it went Live.
     
  4. Cool! To be honest, I thought Aion was just a Korean thing. Didn't realize they were seriously pursuing the NA market. Is the closed beta active for NA too?
     
  5. OmnicronX

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    Do you think there will also be a Lineage 3 or is Aion NCSoft's #1 forthcoming title?
     
  6. Xel The Wanderer

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    The closed betas have been for the Korean playerbase, and I'm sure there'll be an open beta for North America but not for awhile. There are players who were fortunate enough to get into the closed beta outside of Korea, so please take that for what you will. From what I've read so far, NCSoft is definitely serious about pursuing the NA market as Aion has been featured on their NA official website for quite sometime.

    From what I can recall of an article pertaining to Lineage 3, it seems like it's an up and down thing. Let me find the article:

    http://lineage3.wordpress.com/

    As to Aion being NCSoft's #1 forthcoming title? I have absolutely no idea, but I do know that they're really polishing this title. If I remember correctly (please forgive me if I'm going senile), members of the London Symphony Orchestra performed quite a few of the music/scores for Aion at the Abbey Road Studio. Heck, if that doesn't scream quality and attention to detail, having a blinkin' prestigious orchestra like LSO perform in-game music, I don't know what else does. If anything, that should raise some eyebrows for quite a few people, and yes, the music is extremely well done, very hypnotic and epic in its own right, and it captures the feel and atmosphere of the game.

    The http://aionsource.com/ community have been exceptionally informative and up-to-date with everything that is Aion. It's definitely worth checking out; a great fansite and a great community. :thumbup1:
     
  7. Teribithia00

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    I'm so excited about Aion :) Stratics needs to get an Aion site set up ASAP.
     
  8. Xel The Wanderer

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    I agree on both counts!
     
  9. al-Maroc

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    NCSoft is quite desperate to break into the NA market with all their titles. They even are still letting Lineage survive, for some unknown reason (worst game ever, followed by Sims Online and Matrix Online)
     
  10. Xel The Wanderer

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    I'm not a huge fan of the Lineage games; however, with the amount of subscribers that Lineage still has, it's no surprise that it's still up and running.

    According to http://www.mmogchart.com/charts/, if you click on the "MMOG Active Subscriptions: 200,000+" (last updated on April 9, 2008), Lineage 1 has around 1,000,000 subscribers, and Lineage 2 also has around 1,000,000, respectively.

    Nowadays, it seems that many companies are falling prey to the "High Expectations/Poor Release" Syndrome. To add more salt to the proverbial wound, many people lose trust in a company or have become jaded and perhaps even wiser to the products that are being presented to them, in this case MMORPG's.

    In my opinion, and at one point or another, online games have become something like a bizarre, enigmatic fine dining experience. The consumers are approaching many games with an eye for detail and presentation, a fine palette to experience the many flavors of what the game has to offer, and the overall ambiance of the experience, i.e. customer service, attentiveness to details (minor and major), a recommendation or "upgrade" to the experience like the chef/host/hostess/waiter/waitress recommending a particular wine for a particular dish. If there's an exceptional synergy among all these elements, then that establishment definitely earned that elusive 4 or 5 star rating.

    What's even more introverted and hilarious is that, like the dining world, there is a "rating system" of sorts for games (online or otherwise), and some of those rating systems have been around for a long time in many different forums and mediums. Ironically, the consumers have become the proverbial "food critics" for online games: we're paying for a service, money is exchanged, and if the service has been a negative experience, I sure as heck wouldn't come back.

    What all this means is that the bar for online gaming has definitely been raised a hell of a lot higher, and it's become a very competitive market. How many times have we seen the "Cookie Cutter Formula"? It's the same system, same mechanics, same formula, but it's just packaged a little differently. Granted, there are exceptions to the rule, like a certain name, mythos, or franchise that has garnered a huge following from previous products, but that in itself doesn't mean that its online incarnation will do exceptionally well.

    It looks like Aion: The Tower of Eternity will have its own "je ne sais quoi", that certain something that's difficult to describe, but hopefully, a very positive and unique experience.
     
  11. al-Maroc

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    I mean in the US, where there is barely a few thousand subs for Lineage 1. mmogchart is also grossly out of date, and is a guesstimation anways
     
  12. Xel The Wanderer

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    This is taken from the FAQ. Woodbock, Bruce Sterling. "An Analysis of MMOG Subscription Growth" updated on January 26, 2008. Here's the link to the FAQ: http://www.mmogchart.com/faq/

    In the previous post, the subscription chart was updated on April 9, 2008, which is a few months back. I wouldn't quantify that as grossly outdated. Here's another link: http://www.mmogchart.com/analysis-and-conclusions/

    It gives more insight on Mr. Bruce Woodcock's findings and charts that pertain to the industry.
     
  13. al-Maroc

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    i'm very much familiar with Sir Bruce, his history, his site, and how he gathers his information :D
     
  14. Xel The Wanderer

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