Aion has released its official release date according to a press junket over on IGN.com and THIS official announcement on the site:
Aion Launches This September!
Your adventures in Aion begin this September! NCsoft is proud to announce that Aion launches in North America on September 22, 2009 and makes its official debut in Europe starting September 25, 2009.
Not only can you find the game at your favorite retail store, Aion will also be available as a digital download at NCsoft.com, Direct2Drive, and through Steam this September.
Don’t forget to take advantage of the special preorder promotion at participating retailers now to receive access to the Closed Beta events as well as a head start to your journeys in Atreia.
Take to the skies and become a part of a stunning world brimming with otherworldly inhabitants, mysterious enemies, and ancient secrets. Become a part of Aion this fall!
That is a long wait and that makes September a VERY interesting month. Elsewhere, the people that decide to get a Collectors Edition version of the game got a nice sneak peek of what their special wings will look like. Along with all the actual CE version of the game has many goodies hidden within.
champions-online-20080222002549826_640wThe Champions Online beta has not gone so swimmingly for me, but that is not due to a lack of developer fixes and new content.
I haven’t been able to play for a two week period and just recently hopped back on there to see how much I had missed. While I cannot go into specifics all the fans out there can be assured that Cryptic is not wasting this new time they have after delaying it. I also do not want to burn out, which started happening to me faster in this game than I like to admit.
The game is going through some good changes in beta right now and a lot of things are getting streamlined and fixed that NEEDED IT badly.
My only issues with it right now center solely on the personal aspect of:
* I got sick and then sick again and missed three weeks
* Summertime blahs
* Wonky in game issues that are now being addressed thank GOD
We have all summer. Let us see how this shapes up.
Bill Roper popped out and gave us some heads up and the Champions Online hype machine has been going crazy in the media. Over the month of June alone their RSS feed has pumped out over 22 news articles and updates. This one MMO loves to keep the community in the loop and that is a good thing. While I have access to the State of the Game posts in the beta, the general public has also gotten some updates as well which I can just post here in a general CO news list:
* Randy Mosiondz talking about what being a hero means
* A June 17th State of the Game by Daeke
* How developers are handling the ins and outs of the Nemesis code
* A look at the Stonghold Prison instance (lair)
As you can see Cryptic is giving many readers and fans a huge look at the inner workings of what makes a MMO tick. Hopefully once things settle down for me I can devote more time to the beta code.