Two launch trailers have been released with Aion's transition to free-to-play in Europe. Check out the following to get to know more about the backgrounds of the Asmodian and Elyos factions!
Things didn’t develop as brightly for the people that were forced to take the top half of Atreia after the cataclysm: Asmodaeis encased in permanent darkness – the light of the star does not reach them. The Asmodians had no choice but to learn to live sparingly and in darkness, to bravely face the bleak situation and to grow around it. The darkness has left its mark on the race: Asmodian skin and hair is grey and pale and an eerie glow exudes from their eyes. They have claws on their hands and feet, furry hair cover their backs and even the wings of Asmodian Daeva have lost their radiant white. The darkness has also influenced their character: the population of Asmodae, led by the five Shedim Lords, is tough and determined – they give everything for their own, including their lives.
The Elyos are the human occupants of Elyseas, the lower half of Atreia. They were lucky to land here after the cataclysm, as in place of the destroyed tower, a new star bathed them in light and warmth. Its strength gave the destroyed landscape its fertility back and a paradise was created, making Elyseas abundant with life. Accordingly, the Elyos developed into graceful, nevertheless strong and capable creatures with light skin and radiant hair. The Elyos are grateful for their fate, warm-hearted and friendly, but also arrogant and proud – they regard their situation as a blessing from Aion, whereas the Asmodians in their eyes are creatures damned by God. The Elyos serve the Seraphim rulers: the five Empyrean Lords that choose to head south after the shattering of the world.
Based on some beta feedback they've received, some restrictions on the free-to-play model have been changed to improve the Aion experience for players:
Whisper function for “Starters “ (level 10+) is no longer restricted
Before: Whisper only possible to players on friendlist
Now: Whisper chat with players not on friendslist possible
Reason: With this change Starters are able to join groups which are recruiting via the Find Group feature. Starters however cannot place their own search query for a group. They only can join and respond to existing Recruit Group requests.
Gathering limit restriction for “Starter” has been raised
Before: Players could gather 50 pieces /day
Now: Players can now gather 150 pieces /day
Reason: The new limit should help Starters with their crafting professions and leveling essence/aether tapping thus making it easier to finish gathering quests.
NPC sell limit restriction for “Starter” has been raised
Before: NPC sell limit was set to a low level
Now: NPC sell limit is raised and matches the needs of the players better
Reason: The NPC sell limit has been raised and balanced to match players’ needs better.
Gold Pack bonus “10 EXP amulets with 50% increase” has been removed from the Gold Pack
Before: Gold Pack included 10 EXP amulets with 50% EXP increase
Now: Gold Pack has no longer 10 EXP amulets with 50% EXP increase
Reason: The Gold pack has been adjusted and the EXP amulets have been removed. Instead we will plan several EXP events where all players can participate to have an equal game experience and leveling progress for everyone at the same time.
As of February 27th, 2012 the preparation for Aion NA going F2P has begun. The full details are available on the official site. The "Rally the Troops" event features:
- Weekends of double XP and 30% more Abyss Points and Crucible Insignias
- Get more relics and medals! Fortress loot drops are increased.
- Extended free trial: The free trial level cap will be increased to level 40.
- Two week reactivation: Reunite with old friends while making new ones during the 2 week reactivation period from February 27 - March 12, 2012
- Free Daevic Armor Set: When the reactivation period ends, all paid subscribers get a full level 50 daevic armor set This will be applied as a code on your ncsoft master account and so you can choose which character gets the set