4 years of AION in Europe: fantasy MMO celebrating its birthday
More popular than ever thanks to 4.0 | New language versions a great success
Karlsruhe, 25.09.2013 – These days Gameforge has many reasons to celebrate: exactly four years ago today, the popular fantasy MMO AION was launched in Europe, quickly developing a loyal fan base. The latter has enjoyed a constant growth period since the free to play switchover in February 2012 and since Gameforge became the game’s publisher: around 4.5 million accounts have been created since the switch from subscription-based to free-to-play – now almost 5 million players are enjoying the fantasy world of Atreia.
One of the reasons for its great success is the recently published 4.0 update. It includes the two new character classes as well as the newly released language versions, which have made the game playable in a total of seven languages.
AION – the proof is in the numbers
Update 4.0 brought over 350,000 new users to the world of AION Free-to-Play in the first month. And it’s no surprise: the biggest expansion to date introduced new classes into the game for the first time, making it especially interesting for new players. Around 48,000 Artists, who develop into Bards once they reach level 10, entered the game world in the first four weeks. The Engineer (who develops into a Gunner) was shown to be even more popular: around 82,000 shooters are already roaming Atreia’s vast landscapes.
More words than the Harry Potter saga: AION and its language versions
Whilst localizing the game into the individual languages, Gameforge focussed on fully adapting all content to the corresponding native languages – which was no easy task by any means. To compare: all seven books from the Harry Potter series have a total of 1,090,739 words – AION already has 4,063,554 words.
Aside from fully localised audio, adapted websites and forums, individual country support as well as community management, there are also dedicated servers in the corresponding native languages.
No end in sight: AION continues to grow
Even after the successful release of a total of seven localised versions, AION Free-to-Play continues to grow. The next big update is due to be released at the beginning of next year with version 4.5. Aside from additional content and detail enhancements, this will include the long-awaited third new character class – the Aethertech.
AION Free-to-Play: update 4.0 goes live
Fresh content challenges both beginners and AION veterans |Engineers and Artists join the game
Karlsruhe, 29.08.2013 – After countless successful test runs on the public test server, the day has finally arrived: Gameforge is releasing the much anticipated 4.0 update for AION Free-to-Play. Along with a new upper level limit of 65, three new areas and fresh content in the PvP and PvE areas, this enhancement brings a very special feature to Atreia: the new classes of Engineer and Artist.
Armed with harps, charm and a whole lot of feistiness: the new Engineer & Artist classes
With the introduction of the Engineer, a ranged combat class fascinated by technology and science is being implemented into the game. They make life difficult for their enemies from a distance with aether-enhanced firearms and a focus on speed and agility. Engineers – who develop into Gunners at level 10 – employ accurate aether revolvers or powerful aether cannons on their adventures.
The second new class in the 4.0 update is the Artist. Using the delicate sounds of various string instruments, they are capable not only attacking and cursing opponents, but also healing and strengthening allies too. When Artists reach level 10, they become Bards. These legendary singers perfect the skills of the artist, making them an extremely effective class during solo and group play.
Brand new in 4.0: maximum level, areas, instances and more
Aside from additional classes, the 4.0 update brings a whole lot more to Atreia: the previous maximum level of 60 is now being raised by 5 levels to level 65. Heroes can attain this level in the newly integrated areas surrounding Katalam, which are divided into north, south and underground regions. These also include six new instances, all of which promise high-level players hours of continuing adventures. PvP fans also get their money’s worth in 4.0 with new fortresses and garrison fights.
In addition to content for current players, 4.0 also provides lots of new features for beginners. The significantly faster levelling up in the lower level areas makes progression much more enjoyable for newbies. The redesigned interface has also received a lick of paint and comes with a fresh, modern look that, aside from offering enhanced functions, includes an improved quest tracker.
The 4.0 update at a glance
§ New classes: Engineers and Artists, who develop into Gunners and Bards from level 10.
§ Character level 65: the maximum character level is being increased from 60 to 65.
§ Additional areas and fortresses: Katalam’s regions await adventurous heroes with their numerous quests and fortresses.
§ Exciting instances: a hate-filled witch, cruel experiments and an all-powerful weapon are just some of the many dangers that will put your combat skills to the test in six new instances.
§ Stronger skills, weapons and armour: players can look forward to new pieces of equipment and powerful skills.
§ Garrison fights: players conquer bases for their own factions and protect them from enemy attacks.
§ Redesigned interface: a new look and new functions make AION even more appealing.
AION Free-to-Play: play update 4.0 on the test server from the 16th to 19th of August
Quick level progression thanks to Growth Serums|New classes available: Engineer and Artist
Karlsruhe, 16.08.2013 – Fans of the successful fantasy MMO AION have the chance to try out the content of the forthcoming update 4.0 on a public test server (PTS) in all available language versions. The focus here lies on the high level areas and the content of the current expansion. Patch 4.0 includes the new Engineer and Artist classes as well as three additional areas and six challenging instances.
Onto level 60 in the blink of an eye with the aid of useful items
So that all players are well equipped and best prepared for the challenges of 4.0, helpful items are given out on the public test server via message windows. This includes AION Shop favourites such as Growth Serums with which players can ascend to level 60 in no time at all, as well as equipment pieces, weapons, medals and lots more. Players are free to choose if they want to use them. This makes it possible to play without these supporting items and to experience the content the way it will be available on the European live servers from the 28th of August.
Scientists with oomph: the engineer
With the introduction of the engineer, a melee class fascinated by technology and science is being implemented into the game. They make life difficult for their enemies by attacking from a distance with aether-enhanced firearms. To do so, engineers help themselves to quicker and more accurate aether revolvers or to powerful aether cannons. When they ascend to Daevas on level 10, they become ever more powerful Gunners. Gunners are capable of regenerating their health with impressive speed, so that they barely require breathers during combat. Most of their skills are carried out very swiftly, which allows them to perform effective attacks even whilst running.
Art comes from ability: the artist
The second new class in update 4.0 is the Artist. Artists are gentle spirits who trust in the hidden power of music during confrontations. Using the delicate sounds of various string instruments they are capable of attacking and cursing opponents, but also healing and strengthening allies. When artists reach level 10 and become Daevas, they develop into Bards. These legendary singers perfect the skills of the artist, which makes them an incredibly effective class during solo and group play.
An insight into the Bard’s skills can be found in the trailer:
AION Free-to-Play Update 4.0 – New Class Gunner – Teaser: