Posted Sun, Dec 20, 2009 by Savanja
I’ve talked about it before in our Aion Newsletter; in-game holidays take us away from our everyday existence and infuse a bit of fun and playfulness that we don’t always see in our typical gameplay. These events are the ultimate time sink because not only do they divert us away from the task of character progression, but we take the diversion eagerly. Each game does it differently but few games are bold enough to leave the holidays out. How did Aion’s Solorius Festival turn out this year?
After the minor disappointment over the game’s Harvest Revel non-event, the announcement of the Solorius Festival that coincides our Christmas and Hanukkah real life holidays was met with a bit of apprehension. Would this holiday also disappoint? The patch just went in, but I still had a little bit of fun checking out the festivities.
Deck the Halls
Both Sanctum and Pandaemonium have decorated the cities in a gorgeous holiday theme. You’ll find wreaths, lights, and trimmed trees with gifts. Both cities are so pretty, but I admit, I think Pandaemonium looks particularly amazing. Along with the decorations, both cities play very soothing holiday music. Generally I’m not a huge fan of holiday music, but it’s pretty classy and tasteful so I’m finding myself humming along rather than turning down my master volume.
Pandaemonium and Sanctum never looked so festive!
Dressing up and Going out
Each of the main cities has a lovely shop called the Angelic Frippery with an NPC that sells costumes. It is here you will find a couple new traditional style costumes and the lovely Solorius costume set, antlers optional. The costumes are pretty spendy, approximately 160,000 kinah per piece, but I couldn’t help myself…My main character, Truly, wants to know just how naughty you have been this year!
The world invented holidays so Hallmark would have a purpose and so that my rear end would get bigger eating all the holiday treats. Luckily virtual goodies have zero calories so our characters can munch on cookies and candy all they want!
Each city has a festival supplier, near the giant piano, that has a few holiday things you can purchase. You can buy a stack of 10 fireworks to ring in the New Year with (or maybe just to randomly set off cause they look really cool). Solorius cookies that will increase your physical attack, cake that will add to your magic boost and magic accuracy, and wine that will add to your natural healing and natural mana treatment are all also available. These are all untradeable so sadly you can’t buy for your friends but hey, with treats this good, who the heck needs friends right?
Well Dressed and Well Fed
Now that we have awesome duds and have eaten a silly amount of Solorius cake, it is time to go pounce around on the giant piano with a dozen others! While it sorta ends up being a symphony of garbled noise that reminds me of when my cat jumped on the piano keyboard, players can do some very cool things if they coordinate efforts. I’m hoping to see some videos soon showing off creative mad music skills on this piano so if you happen to have one, link it!
Meet me under the mistletoe!
Is that it?
As far as in-game events go, it’s not terrible for a first event but so much more could be done. Today is the first day of the event so there could be more to come but I had been hoping for holiday themed quests and special recipes for crafters so that in-game pals could gift items. If this is it, I’d give the Solorius Festival a B-. It’s a nice effort, very festive and cute, and the piano is fun. If NCsoft manages to add a bit more over the coming days to spruce up the event, then they could manage to hit it out of the park. Keep an eye out here at Ten Ton Hammer’s Aion site for Solorius Festival updates. If we spot more, we’ll be sure to share!