New official Aion forums on the way

As you might or might not know, the forums on the official Aion site were custom made for the game. It is in essence a good idea if you have a perfect development team working 24/7 on developing those forums and introducing new features regularly. This was not the case with Aion. Not the case at all. Thankfully, Aion team has been able to deliver on their promises and the old forums will be replaced with a brand new shiny ones that actually work as intended. Make sure you backup your favorite threads somewhere because there will be a complete wipe without any transfer. Of the old forums I only loved the images people posted of their characters and in game scenery. I hope someone save those. The full announcement can be read here and the excerpt from Tamat’s announcement follows:

I know you’ve all been waiting patiently for more information about the new forums, thankfully, it’s finally time to let you know what we have up our sleeves. We’re going to begin migrating the forums over to vBulletin in the next couple of weeks. By the middle of April, the new forums will be ready and the current boards will be shut down.

“So what does this mean” you ask? Well, we’re finally going to have forums with all of the features you’ve come to expect. Features including:

  • Developer Tracker
  • Signatures
  • User Control Panel
  • Private Messaging System
  • Thread Subscriptions
  • Calendar
  • Spam Protection
  • Custom Titles

…and much, much more!

[April fools] 1.9 new gameplay video released

To avoid today’s April Fools madness NCSoft released a new video yesterday showcasing some new content and graphics improvements that are incoming with the 1.9 patch. We have been asked by Tamat not to embed it on our pages but link directly to the video so please click here to view the latest official NCSoft video. Make sure you leave your comment here on what you thought of it.

Create your Aion look alike

Aion has a great character customization interface. You also have the possibility to change your avatar’s appearance through the Plastic Surgery interface later on in the game. While browsing through the, soon to be erased, official forums I came across the following thread featuring real life pictures of Aion players along with their in-game counterparts. If there is one thread worth saving from the old forums this is it. You can see several of the more intriguing images in our gallery bellow and you can see the full thread here.

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Easter Monday Video Rant

Another week has started and this means I can jump into another one of our Monday Aion Rants. This week we have a special Video edition. The Blog community has not been as active in the past 7 days so nothing new to report there, but I did come across several Aion related videos that I think will go well with your Monday coffee (or other Monday ritual you prefer).

First off, in accordance with the holiday, we have an Aion Easter Egg video that the German mmorpg site PlayMassive released. It shows how you can use the geysers to jump to a remote and hidden location. I must say it looks wonderful.

Next up is the Korean NCSoft releasing an April Fools video presenting new instance and raid bosses planned for Aion 2.0. Notice: no dogs or Balaur were hurt during making of the video! I have no idea what the subtitles in the video mean (they are in Korean) but feel free to fill in the blanks by yourself.

For your viewing pleasure we bring a piece of actual news. It is the video of new wings you will be able to obtain in patch 1.9. The rumored cost of these is 90 mil, but they sure look awesome. I have combined both videos that were released by Korean NCSoft into one and you can view it below (or on our Youtube channel).

New Aion Double Experience Weekend, April 9th-12th

Tamat has announced new Double Experience Weekend:)

After enjoying Fergus’s present of the massive soul healing cost reduction, are you ready for another Double Experience Weekend? I don’t hear you… What? Is that a yes? That’s what I thought!

Ladies and gentlemen, it’s time once again to stock up on food and caffeinated beverages in preparation for a weekend without sleep but tons of fun brought to you by your favorite game: Aion!

This Friday, April 9, at 8:00 p.m. (server time), we will enable double experience. The experience bonus will run through the weekend before ending on Monday, April 12 at 8:00 a.m. (server time).

Enjoy the double experience! We know you will…

East Coast Servers—Starts at 8:00 p.m. EST
Azphel, Israphel, Lumiel, Marchutan, Meslamtaeda, Triniel, Zikel

West Coast Servers—Starts at 8:00 p.m. PST
Ariel, Fregion, Kaisinel, Siel, Vaizel, Yustiel

Oceanic Server—Starts at 8:00 p.m. AEST