AION NA Announced 3.0 Update and Free-to-play Switch
AION NA goes free-to-play, finally. NCsoft announced that AION: Ascension, namely AION 3.0 will be released in North America this spring, together with the switch of business model. If you hesitated in whether come back for the game before, you can make a decision now.
NCsoft has opened new teaser website for free-to-play AION and you can read the Ascension lore there. On the other hand, the completed version of the nostalgic Remember trailer is now available, and if you are old AION gamers, the trailer might awaken something deep inside your heart.
Free players can play all gameplay content including the upcoming 3.0 update. Specifically, you don't need to subscribe or make any purchase to get access to new level cap (level 60), new zones, mounts, player housing in AION 3.0. Truly free-to-play - it may sound familiar to you, because NCsoft did it before in Lineage 2: Goddess of Destruction.
NCsoft's truly free-to-play AION features less restrictions compared to Gameforge's since AION NA allows free players to "chat in any channel and sell any amount of stuff on the trade broker". On the other hand, NCsoft promises more efforts to combat game abuse. "We're dedicating a ton of resources to preventing account theft, botting, and real money trading," says the publisher.