Gameforge and NCsoft announced in December that Aion would be adopting a free-to-play model later this month. Today Gameforge today revealed the official start date for the new model to take effect.
Aion players in Europe can start playing for free on February 28th, and anyone that has remaining play time on their account and transfers their account over to Gameforge before February 27th can also receive a premium currency voucher based on the remaining days. The voucher will provide Aion Coins that can be used in the games new item shop once it goes live.
AION free-to-play: European launch on the 28th of February!
Update 3.0 to follow in spring 2012 | Premium currency for former subscribers
Karlsruhe, 23/02/2012 Gameforge AG announced today that AION will switch to free-to-play on the 28th of February 2012 . The change-over will occur simultaneously for the German, French and English language versions. To join the action in Atreia from the start, you can download the free game client already on www.aionfreetoplay.com.
The response we received from the beta players on our free-to-play model was fantastic, said Volker Boenigk, Executive Product Director and Andreas Günter, Product Director for AION. We cant wait for the launch so that we can finally offer the game to a broader gaming audience. In the upcoming months our focus will be on working on update 3.0, which we will be launching in Europe in the spring.
Previous subscribers will receive a premium currency voucher
Every player with remaining play time on their account, who transfers the account to the Gameforge servers before the 27th of February 2012 will receive six AION Coins (the games premium currency) per game day in their account as compensation. The coins can be spent in the item shop from the 28th of February onwards.
For more information, go to www.aionfreetoplay.com.
Gameforge is Europes leading provider of online games. Headquartered in Karlsruhe, Germany, Gameforge currently offers 20 games in more than 50 languages and has over 300 Million registered players. Its portfolio includes two types of games: client-based massively multiplayer online games (MMOs) such as Europes most successful MMO Metin2, 4Story, the European versions of Wizard101 and the upcoming free-to-play version of AION; as well as high-quality browser-based games such as the award-winning Ikariam and OGame. Gameforge currently employs around 600 people in Karlsruhe and Berlin. In 2010, Gameforge was awarded the TOP JOB Arbeitgeber des Jahres (Employer of the Year) award and was named one of the best German employers of 2010 by the Great Place to Work® Institute.
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