NCSoft has announced that they will be releasing the totally free to play conversion for their popular MMO Aion on April 11th. The free to play version of Aion, known as Aion: Ascension, is set to go live along with the games 3.0 patch.
Aion: Ascension utilizes NCSoft's ambitious Truly Free business model, made famous by Lineage II. This means no subscriptions, no tiered service plans and no purchase requirements at all. Ascension will also take advantage of a microtransaction system known as C.U.B.E., which stands for Customizable User Bundling Experience. How does C.U.B.E. work?
NCsoft prides itself on pushing the boundaries in providing players with exactly what they want, and the C.U.B.E. is a perfect example of this.
NCsoft prides itself on pushing the boundaries in providing players with exactly what they want, and the C.U.B.E. is a perfect example of this. Players simply purchase the C.U.B.E., at a standard price from the new Aion store (the Black Cloud Marketplace) and they can take home as many items as they can fit in it. Players who purchase these DIY bundles are also rewarded with bonus items, depending on the size of the C.U.B.E. they purchase.
C.U.B.E.’s will be available for pre-purchase on April 4 and players will receive their new items for immediate use on April 11.
Also included in Ascension is access to the Atreian Atlas, which is described as an 'always-on, benevolent, veteran gamer willing to help players throughout the game.' The Atlas is different for each player, depending on your decisions and actions in the game and includes video guides, interactive maps and other information pertinent to the current situation in-game.
All of these great features don't even include the 3.0 update - a huge change to Aion in its own regard. The 3.0 update for Aion includes:
- New level cap of 60
- New instances and zones
- New and Improved Systems