As we known for sometime now, Aion Classic was in the works, but just announced earlier, Aion will be officially launched June 23rd.
With that, we already see, two foundation packs for this F2P title.
Aion is a game published under NCSoft, a publisher who is very much known for it’s heavily P2W content.
Take a look at Linage II, Blade and Soul and the Original Aion games.
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)
|wdt_ID||Feature||Free Trial Accounts||Siel's Aura Subscription|
|1||Benefit Access / Time Limit||1 hour of Siel's Aura benefits per day, then the following||Always|
|2||Open World - Exp Rate||50%||100%|
|3||Open World - Item Acquistion||Common and Below Only||All rarities|
|4||Open World - Kinah Acquisition||No||Yes|
|5||Open World - Abyss Point Acquisition||No||Yes|
|6||Quest - Gathering||No||Yes|
|7||Quest - Crafting||Yes||Yes|
|8||Quest - Exp Rate||100%||100%|
|9||Quest - Item Acquisition||All rarities||All rarities|
|10||Quest - Kinah Acquisition||No||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 F2P game yet you limit F2P progress is the definition of P2W.
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
Exclusive Title ‘Devoted Daeva‘
- 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.