Is It A Final Milk Attempt?
As we known for sometime now, Aion Classic was in the works, but just announced earlier, Aion Classic will be officially launched June 23rd.
With that, we already see, two foundation packs for this Free to Play title.
Aion is a game published under NCSoft, a publisher who is very much known for it’s heavily Pay 2 Win content. Just take a look at Linage II, Blade and Soul and the Original Aion games. Especially Lineage and Blade and Soul. God, I loved these two games but It took everything just to stay on top of the curve due to being a free to play player.
While Aion is considered Pay For Convenience as opposed to Pay to Win to some of the community, it is still a monetization method the MMORPG community does not want to see in their western releases.
Let’s take a look at the founder packs
What does each pack actually give?
Siel’s Aura (Subscription)
Siel’s Aura is an account status that unlocks the full Aion Classic experience for your account. It is available in various durations and in standalone and subscription formats, which will be purchasable through the Black Cloud Marketplace. This is an account-wide buff which will benefit all your characters. After the subscription ends, your account will be converted to a “Trial account” after thus losing the benefits outlined below.
|Feature||Free Trial Accounts||Siel’s Aura Subscription|
|Benefit Access / Time Limit||1 hour of Siel’s Aura benefits per day, then the following||Always|
|Open World – Exp Rate||50%||100%|
|Open World – Item Acquistion||Common and Below Only||All rarities|
|Open World – Kinah Acquisition||No||Yes|
|Open World – Abyss Point Acquisition||No||Yes|
|Quest – Gathering||No||Yes|
|Quest – Crafting||Yes||Yes|
|Quest – Exp Rate||100%||100%|
|Quest – Item Acquisition||All rarities||All rarities|
|Quest – Kinah Acquisition||No||Yes|
|Quest – Abyss Point Acquisition||No||Yes|
|Community – Direct Trade / Private Shop||No||Yes|
|Community – Join a party / alliance||Yes||Yes|
|Community – Join a legion||Yes||Yes|
This practically means, you can play for 1 hour before the game is pretty much limited making this “subscription essential”.
What is so P2W about subscription?
You advertise a Free to Play game yet you limit F2P progress is the definition of Pay 2 Win.
Let’s see kinah Currency. If it is the same as Aion, Kinah is the main currency in Aion. It is used by both factions and is the currency used to purchased NPC items, services and transportation between areas and region.
Normally, you would gain Kinah throughout the game such as
- Completing Quests
- Killing NPCs
- Vendoring trash
Abyss Points refers to the total accumulated points a player has to calculate the player’s Abyss Rank in game. You can earn and loose Abyss points, the most common way is through PVP. Abyss Points is necessary as it depends on your rank to be able to use the certain Merchants in order to purchase weapons, armor and consumables So, Aion Classic is advertising as a “Free to Play” Title but it is reality, it is a Subscription based model. There is already a a big fat lie to the community by the NCSoft team.
Exclusive Title ‘Devoted Daeva‘
This title provides the following stats
- HP +20
- MP +20
- Attack +2
- Magic Boost +10
- Tough Pink Tiger Candy 3-Pack(x2)
- Greater Courage Scroll(x20)
- Increases Atk Speed by 3% for 5m.
- Greater Awakening Scroll(x20)
- Increases Casting Speed by 3% for 5m.
- Greater Running Scroll(x20)
- Increases Speed by 10% for 5m.
- Major Recovery Potion(x30)
- Restores HP by 154 and MP by 160 every 2s for 20s.
- Major Recovery Serum(x30)
- Recovers 1410 HP and 1470 MP instantly.
Exclusive Costume ‘Western Classic’
So a question for the community?
Despite how great Aion was in back in the days, are you going to play or give it a go?
I will, but I can’t see myself playing for long.
Aion Classic System Requirements
|OS||Windows/7/8 32 and 64-bit||Windows 10 64-bit|
|Graphics||NVIDIA GeForce 6800 GT or ATI Radeon X800 XL series card||NVIDIA GeForce 9800 GT or AMD Radeon 4850 or higher|
|CPU||Intel Pentium 4 2.8 GHz/ AMD Sempron+ 2800 (with SSE2)||Intel Pentium Core 2 Duo 2.9 GHz/AMD Athlon II X2 2.9 GHz or higher|
|RAM||2 GB||4 GB|
|Direct X||Version 11||Version 11|
|Harddrive||40 GB available space / SSD Strongly Recommended||40 GB available space / SSD Strongly Recommended|
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