Since Aion was announced as going free-to-play in Europe earlier this year, North American Daevas have been wondering if the same would happen to their version of the game. The wondering is over, as today NCSoft released a video trailer for Aion 3.0: Ascension, announcing that the game would be “truly free” when Ascension goes live this spring, likely similar to the model for Lineage 2. Details regarding the move were confirmed and expanded upon in a press release.
In addition to the F2P switch, Ascension will bring a host of other new features to Aion, including player housing, mounts, an increased level cap, six new instances, a 24-person raid, and a new level cap of 60. The starting areas will be refined for new players, and a “Rallying the Troops” event will be held, letting free players get a head start on the game and experiencing it up to level 40 with no time limits, while also reactivating the accounts of lapsed former players for 14 days.