Mo’ Kinah Mo’ Problems

We begin this week with an excellent Aion themed podcast. They have just released their second episode and its a very knowledgeable show giving great tips on crafting, grinding and making Aion kinah the right way. Whether to quest grind, elite mob grind or spend time on crafting to make kinah is all covered in the second episode. Make sure you subscribe to the official “Grind it Out” twitter account or you can subscribe to the podcast at PodOmatic.

In other news, recently appointed Aion’s Producer, Chris “Kinslon” Hager, answered a few question regarding the stun defense system and daily quests coming in 1.9. This is first in a mini series of interviews he’ll be having concerning the soon to be released game update and we’ll keep you posted about sequels. Read the full article here.

Along with 1.9 patch info there’s always a plethora of rumors regarding the so-called patch 2.0 that should bring improved graphics engine and even more content (basically, lots of things seen in the “Vision trailer”). Screenshots of various armor appeared on fan forums. Originating from what seems to be the Chinese Aion site (http://aion.duowan.com/) we can see new lvl 55 cloth armor as well as undetermined cloth, chain and leather armor that can also be seen in the vision trailer. You can see screenshots in our gallery bellow, while the original two threads where I spotted these are here and here, and there is also a Polish blog that has the screenshots posted here. NOTE: These are all still rumors and unconfirmed by any official source. Please keep that in mind and take all this with a grain of salt.


Aion 2.0 gallery part 1

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Aion 2.0 gallery part 2

Female chain armor 1 Female chain armor 2 Female chain armor 3 Female chain armor 4 Female cloth armor (Elyos?) 1
Female cloth armor (Elyos?) 2 Female cloth armor (Elyos?) 3 Female cloth armor (Elyos?) 4 Female cloth armor (Elyos?)  - from Vision trailer 1 Female cloth armor (Elyos?)  - from Vision trailer 2
Female cloth armor (Elyos?)  - from Vision trailer 3 Female cloth armor (Asmodian?) 1 Female cloth armor (Asmodian?) 2 2-0 Female01 2-0 Female02
Female leather armor 1 Female leather armor 1 Female leather armor 1

More veteran rewards revealed

Those of you playing Aion regularly know about the Veteran Rewards program. It provides you with small item rewards for every consecutive month you have paid your Aion subscription. For 6 months of subscribing you get cool looking lvl 40 Wings. We didn’t know what were the rewards for subscribing past 6 months and that has been announced yesterday. For months 7,8,10 and 11 you get:

  • 5 Recovery Crystals
  • 5 Revival Stones
  • 1   Major Ancient Crown 
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The interesting thing is the Crown which can be exchanged for Abyss points, currency used to get PvP gear. Check out the official wiki page of the crown for the location of NPCs that do the Abyss point exchange.

In case you are wondering, for month 9 you will get an Expand Warehouse Ticket along with the aforementioned items – hoarders rejoice! For a years worth of subscription we are expecting something spectacular!

1.9 patch to be released in May

Part two of the “Ask Kinslon” interview series was released yesterday on the official site. Beside answering about Two-Handed Armsfusion and the Mist Item Rental system it was reveled that the 1.9 patch will hit western server in May. You can read the full article here.

Aion patch 2.0 goes live in Korea

We are getting our own test servers today (as announced by this news post), while at the same time Korean Public test Servers are seeing the release of the much anticipated Aion version 2.0. The patch notes are 38 pages long! Western team is working diligently on translating these into English, French and German and we should see the release of these in the next few days (early next week is the time line we are looking at here). We’ll let you know as soon as we have the news. Things are picking up in Aion and the upcoming months look to be rather exciting.

What we know of the patch is that it will bring:

  • Level cap 55
  • New Balaur Zones
  • Pet System
  • New flying/gliding mechanics
  • New Fortress

Public Test Server is available

It has been announced on the official site that you can start accessing the PTS (Public Test Server) that will have beta versions of the game running. The official FAQ can be found on the official forums and here are the most important things you need to know.

To run the game so it accesses the new PTS you must do one of the following:

Method 1: Duplication of Already Existing Installation

  1. Browse to the Aion installation directory on your local hard drive.
  2. Copy the folder and paste it into the same location (for example, “C:/Program Files/NCsoft/”).
  3. Rename the new folder to AionPTS. The name must be changed to exactly “AionPTS” for the copy to work.
  4. Boot up the NCsoft launcher. The NCsoft launcher should detect the newly created folder as the PTS client and list it in the left pane of the launcher.
  5. Patch (if needed), and launch the game!

Method 2: Fresh Installation

  1. Download the 9.8 GB Aion PTS client installer from one of the following locations:
  2. Launch the installer and follow the installation instructions. A new game title, “AionPTS,” will appear in your NCsoft launcher.
  3. Patch (if needed), and launch the game!

You can use your regular login username/password and create both Asmo and Elyos characters. Leveling is faster in both XP and crafting and for now you can;t copy your regular characters. We’ll be checking out the new servers and share our experience.