Rumor: NCsoft might be working on Aion 2

So NCsoft is working on another MMORPG. This in and of itself isn't terribly surprising, since this is how the company makes money. You might not even think it's all that noteworthy, since thus far absolutely nothing has been announced about it. All that's known is the name: Project A2.

Except that that name actually implies something, because NCsoft has a specific way of naming its projects: They're usually named for the first letter of the upcoming title. But "Project A2" implies that it's not a new project, but a sequel... say, an Aion sequel?

Of course, nothing is written in stone yet; it's all speculation based on a name and might turn out to be something else altogether. But that "A2" sure is suspicious, and if you're hoping for another go at Aion, there's something to hang speculation about a sequel upon now.

Source: The Fact (Korean); thanks to Leilonii for the tip!
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Jack Pipsam
Jack Pipsam

I remember the hype around Aion, I was 13/14 at the time, people were going nuts about it.

Then it launched... and haven't really heard much since, last thing I remember was 3.0 or something with new housing.

Nimway
Nimway

OMG I hope it is "Aion 2"! I would play the crap outta that!  Aion was my first MMO, I was so into that game, I still log in every now and again! *crosses fingers*

Modrain
Modrain

If the rumor happened to turn into a news, that sure would be a great one!

Vunak
Vunak

If it takes them as long as Lineage Eternal has taken them to get out, we will see this in 2027. 

Greyraven
Greyraven

I think the name A2 is a misdirection, it doesn't make sense to do the sequel to a game that really didn't do that well. Of Course NCsoft is doing some crazy things lately like keeping Wildstar on life support.

Leilonii
Leilonii

@Greyraven It was successful here when it came out but was huge in Korea and 9 years later it's still one of NCSoft's top games, doing better than Guild Wars 2 globally. It's also NCSoft's 3rd most popular IP, right behind Lineage and Blade and Soul, both of which already have other games associated with them. Koreans will eat this up and we'll just benefit.

CristalAion
CristalAion

@Greyraven  i guess being the most played mmo in korea for years is now considered "not doing that well".

Loopstah
Loopstah

@Greyraven Asian-developed games don't look at it the same way. They often churn out sequels to successful games, MMOs or not.

RicharddeLeonIII
RicharddeLeonIII

2 things...

This will split the community in aion just like eq1/2. They are better off making a new IP.

Second...its ncsoft...i'd sooner spend money on a root canal...#neverforgetcoh

Jnaathra
Jnaathra

@RicharddeLeonIII Is there even any community left in the NA market? I don't know a single person that plays this. 

Nimway
Nimway

@Jnaathra @RicharddeLeonIII There is a decent community still, yes they have had server merges over the years, but they still have a decent sized, loyal community. I know a bunch of people who have played for years.


Estranged
Estranged

I've never played Aion and it has been mentioned below by @MetaDune that much of the grindy parts have been eliminated.  


Worth my time?  


I'm craving something new so badly.

Estranged
Estranged

@Leilonii @Estranged @Celestia I'm thinking Elyos.  From what I can tell, Israphel is heavy for Elyos.  I want to be on lopsided servers, so I can PvE in peace/. 

Estranged
Estranged

@imayb1 I just want to have a leveling experience in a new to me game. Thanks for the review! Sounds worth downloading.

Estranged
Estranged

@quark1020 I ask on MOP, because I dislike wasting my download and install time on a bad game. Seems that Aion would be fine to adventure in, but just avoid the PTW aspect.

quark1020
quark1020

@Estranged @MetaDune Why not? Its f2p. Story is kind of cool, character models are nice, and the grind isn't as bad as it used to be.


Only real negatives are the gold sellers that, i feel, aren't being dealt will well enough and how ugly some players make their characters. Oh, and there is a cash shop.

imayb1
imayb1

@Estranged @MetaDune I stopped playing because of the huge P2W issues. As the grind diminished, they kept adding more stuff in the cash shop that was necessary to be competitive. It's a horrible system of enchantment stones... your gear (6 pcs), accessories (5 pcs), weapons (usually 3)... all of these can go to +10 and some are unlimited, but can explode into nothing if you fail. Naturally, if they raise level cap, you need a new set of everything and another tier of enchantment stone hell. It is a gear-based, not a skill-based game. 

On the plus side, it has a nice character creator. If you just want to level and experience the lands, it doesn't hurt to try it. Just keep in mind it's a fairly fast trip to endgame nowadays and there's no level-scaling. 

Celestia
Celestia

@Estranged It is most definitely worth a twirl.  Just steel yourself for the gold seller spam.

Leilonii
Leilonii

@Estranged @Celestia If you don't want leveling to be super fast and actually want to experience all of it, I'd suggest playing on a normal server. Skip the "Fast Track" server, as that will be way too fast for you.

Estranged
Estranged

@Leilonii @Estranged @Celestia Cool!  I'm downloading!  Normal sounds fine.  I want to smell the flowers once!


Is weird though, not seeing WIldstar info or GW2 info on my account page.  

Leilonii
Leilonii

@Estranged @Leilonii @Celestia And since their are two factions you can reroll the other faction when you want another experience. I favor Elyos but if you like dark, depressing, and cold then Asmo might be your thing lol.

Estranged
Estranged

@Leilonii @Estranged @Celestia Look at my avatar.  You know who that is...


Probably dark first.  LOL


edit:  reading over the s tarter guide... this is interesting...


"Have you considered playing an Asmodian character instead?  By creating an Asmodian character on the Israphel or Tiamat server, you will automatically qualify for the Asmodian Initiative. The Initiative specifically helps Asmodian Daevas by offering free items, equipment and weapons as you level up as well as discounts on certain items in the Black Cloud Marketplace."

Leilonii
Leilonii

@Estranged @Leilonii @Celestia Israphel has been heavy on Elyos since forever. I played Elyos Isra since launch and it never really changed. But there should be other servers that are heavy on Asmo if you want to play them.

Estranged
Estranged

@Leilonii I'll find an Asmo dominant server for my other character and run with it. The client is having some sort of infamous patch error. Do you know of any tricks? I've tried that all Google will provide.

srmalloy
srmalloy

@quark1020 @Estranged @MetaDune It's not just the grind; back before I gave up on it, it was clear that it was solidly footed in the Korean MMO playstyle, where a group of friends would get together to go down to a bang (internet cafe) to all play the MMO together, and it's only crafting that you do on your own, so the content past the starting area quickly becomes more and more heavily group-dependent until you need to be in a group to complete your quests, and if you don't have a tight group you game with, trying to find people doing the same quests that you can join ranges from difficult to impossible.

BillySpears
BillySpears

I hate NC but I'd throw down big time for Aion 2, I've been wanting this for years

Jnaathra
Jnaathra

@BillySpears In the grand scheme of MMO things, the first one is by no means an ancient title. 

ManastuUtakata
ManastuUtakata

This news has put my pigtails on high alert! o.O

Captain Crash
Captain Crash

I can see this happening. One of the biggest pulls for Aion at release were the graphics and going on nearly 10 years they're looking rather dated now.

Qarran
Qarran

Not a surprise and yet I thought they were devoting most of their efforts to mobile gaming?  Could it be they are going to try and do it all by increasing operating expenses and adding more games to the portfolio?



deekay_zero
deekay_zero

@Qarran well they've got master x master and LE coming out soonish too (assuming LE ever makes it to beta at all LOL). mobile stuff tends to be fairly cheap to dev as well afaik.

Cyberlight
Cyberlight

I played this in 2009 I think, when I gave up on WoW part-way through WOTLK. I remember I loved the aesthetic (it was the first non-Western MMO I'd played), but especially the gorgeous armour designs and the way you could dye your armour. Pity I never made it past level 30 due to the grind and the forced PVP, but it was enjoyable for a while. :)

MetaDune
MetaDune

@Cyberlight it's been updated greatly where it isn't even a grind anymore and have its own leveling server to boot

Leilonii
Leilonii

What if they had playable Shugo?

deekay_zero
deekay_zero

@Greaterdivinity @Leilonii NYERK NYERK YOU"RE A DAEVA NYERK


word filter on as and now on new iteration has nyerk for certain words.


idk if nyerk survived hte translation rewrite tho.

deekay_zero
deekay_zero

maybe they'll market this one as what it really is instead of something completely different. right down to how individual skills work. that was hilarious.

Feodor
Feodor

Open world this time, please.

Leilonii
Leilonii

@deekay_zero @Feodor Yea there was something about the way they did the maps that actually didn't bother me. I'd definitely prefer more open world design, but Aion had something special despite maps being so restrictive.

Jilano
Jilano

@Feodor More than that, I would love to get the old rift system back *-*

deekay_zero
deekay_zero

@Leilonii @deekay_zero @Feodor well last reported numbers for korea(which are probably really out of date but it's been pretty consistent on the ranking chart) was 3.5 million players. it's not so hot in th west obv but i hear it does ok.


gw2 sold at most 500k copies of HOT at launch if they sold no gems that quarter >>

imayb1
imayb1

@Mochaccino It exists. They did some things to revive it but last time I visited, it was a bit of an echo chamber. Can't say if that's still the case.

Nimway
Nimway

@Mochaccino Ah the Abyss, so many hours spend laying siege to the forts up there. So much fun, we would get hundreds of people to come and fight! I wish it was still as awesome as it was back then... I guess this is how people who rant about Vanilla WoW must feel...