The Aion team has let us know that Aion: Ascension, the free to play North American version of the game, will officially launch on April 11th. In addition, the team has detailed a new marketplace feature called "C.U.B.E.".
Aion EU has officially launched as a free-to-play as of today, February 29th. Former NCSoft EU players who had marked their accounts for transfer should find their characters on the new Gameforge Aion EU servers.
Gameforge has announced that the free to play EU version of Aion will officially launch on February 28th. The German, French and English versions of Aion will launch simultaneously.
NCSoft has officially announced that Aion will go "truly free" with the Aion: Ascension. The new version of the game will launch later this spring and will include the much-awaited 3.0 content which brings housing, mounts, an increased level cap to 60, new zones and instances into the game.
Gameforge has sent out a new trailer featuring the new and updated features for Aion as it sits on the precipice of going F2P in Europe. Features that have been updated or improved since the game's original launch include the following: More quests and better rewards; New regions and solo instances; New PvP arena and instances. In addition, Gameforge is looking ahead to the addition of housing and weather effects.
Aion servers in North America have been experiencing server instability over the past several weeks. Devs are ready to compensate players for the disturbance in their game with a nifty package of goodies and a period of double XP.
As the F2P iteration of Aion readies for its EU arrival, Gameforge is putting out the call for players to participate in the closed beta. Those who take part in the closed beta will be rewarded with 'Veteran' status when the F2P version launches in February and will also be gifted several nifty in-game items.
The Aion team has announced that the Veteran's Rewards program will end in February. The reason behind the decision is that Aion 3.0 will render several of the rewards obsolete.
Aion players will want to check into game over the next three weekends as the Atreian Winter Festival kicks off. During the forthcoming three weekends, players will enjoy double XP for hunting, gathering and crafting and will be able to take advantage of double drops as well.
Eurogamer is reporting that NCSoft has announced that Aion will be going free to play beginning in February 2012. NCWest will maintain publishing rights in North America and has partnered with Gameforge to publish Aion in Europe.