NCsoft is working on an Aion-related ‘next-generation’ MMORPG

    
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Wings.

No matter what your feelings may be toward NCsoft, it is great to see that the developer and publisher continues to greenlight MMORPGs instead of merely coasting on what it already has.

Apparently, the company is working on and hiring for a new top secret MMO these days. Even more interesting is the fact that this “next-generation console and PC MMORPG” is somehow related to or set in the Aion universe. A sequel? A side-quel? The only other detail we know about this project is that it is utilizing the Unreal Engine 4.

NCsoft isn’t the only studio that has some sort of secret MMO in the works right now. CCP let it slip that it’s creating an action MMO of some sort, John Smedley is building… something for Amazon Game Studios, and Nexon was snapping up developers for a likely MMO at its Irvine studio.

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Rottenrotny

Isn’t Smed working on New World?

I’m anxious to see what that game is like.

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Bree Royce

Nope, he’s working on a different game, more shootery.

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packagegrope

kill city of heroes, kill my wallet opening for you.

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steel_reign

It’s been 6 years, people need to let this attitude die.

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camren_rooke

Six years I coulda been protecting Paragon City.

How many women have had their purses stolen in that time?

How many men have been beaten by Hellions on the sidewalk?

How many buildings have been demolished by the Devouring Earth?

You could have prevented it Ncsoft.

You could have stopped it.

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Utakata

…letting it go is serious business though! o.O

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Edujam

It’s been years that I can’t play my favorite game, which I miss everyday, so I can’t let go off the attitude, because new generation needs to know about those horrible publishers.

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Bruno Brito

So, let me guess:

Aion related visuals, full of cosmetic bloom and sweet asian chicks, decent character creation, but the cashshop will be confusing since it’s a eastern game brought to the west, and not a game like GW2, made for our market, “ACTION-COMBAT!!!!ONE111!” and the fear of being a Wildstar 2?

Hey, count me in. NCSoft isn’t really that bad of a gamemaker, it’s more like terrible at managing them.

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kgptzac

Thanks for letting everyone in the comment section know that you don’t like Aion and aren’t looking forward to see “Aion 2”.

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Jack Pipsam

I’m still personally salty with NCSoft when they deleted my account when they did some grand migration to a new system I never knew about until after it happened.

But if this game is good, then sure I might check it out.

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Veldan

People love to hate on NCSoft, but people love to hate on pretty much every MMO company. Nexon, Daybreak, Trion, you name it. So, is NCSoft really worse than the others? Ignoring indie / crowdfunding, I think they’re one of the better ones. They certainly have the experience to make a good MMO.

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scrapper

Here’s the thing. NcSoft make great MMOs, some of the best IMO.They are well funded, look great, and play well. City of Heroes, Guild Wars, Tabula Rasa, Lineage 2 and Aion were all fantastic titles with tons of potential.

Where they fail and fail miserably is in management. They either include some garbage anti-cheat that acts like spyware such as GameGuard or Xigncod3, do some shady monetization or just outright close perfectly health games.

If they somehow learned from their past mistakes then maybe I’ll give this a go, otherwise it’s a pass.

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Vexia

I’m fine with this. Honestly, NCSoft is far from the worst company, and clearly the Aion IP’s got some legs (courtesy of the character creator with its intense sliders). I’m curious to see this particular take on the “next gen,” and I’m sure I’ll try it out.

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Utakata

I for one play Blade & Lyn you know. <3

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Vunak23

I think a lot of people are giving NCSOFT flack. Everyone needs to remember that NCSOFT “just” got out of fighting back against a hostile take over and internal issues.

From what I can tell with these announcements is that NCSOFT might be getting back to its roots with the announcement of Project: TL and now this AION related MMORPG. NCSOFT might be sailing off into a decent studio again of which brought us Lineage 1 and 2 and has taken risks in the past to innovate with Tabula Rasa (even if they did rush it).

They axed City of Heroes and Tabula Rasa, which was hard on a lot of people, but they may have learned from their mistakes of shutting down MMORPGs that are still turning a profit or breaking even at least. Wildstar is still around and that game is in the grave not even getting any development time from Carbine.

I don’t know I have always liked NCSOFT as a studio since they have always brought us interesting and different MMOs. I still wish TERA would of never been stolen from them and maintained the Lineage III title.

It is crappy they shutdown MMOs people loved, but again Nexon bought and started their hostile take over in 2012, which is the same year City of Heroes shutdown. I’m not sure I believe in that coincidence. Nor that Nexon sold their shares back in 2015 and Lineage Eternal (a game people really disliked by Beta testers) was”delayed” and redeveloped as Project TL a year later.

IDK… maybe I just want a good MMORPG bad enough I am just making excuses for them… please be good.

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Leiloni

Well this new Aion is likely the Aion 2/Project A2 we heard about 1.5 years ago. So it sounds like it’s entering a new stage in development if it’s hiring more people now.

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If I recall correctly Lineage Eternal had a very rough development with various developers/producers being hired and let go. They also had trouble adapting the Guild Wars 2 engine so they had to switch to Unreal Engine 4

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Vunak23

Awesome. Loved the AION universe and the game. I just never got into it heavily which is unfortunate because I did actually enjoy what I played of it.

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Robert Mann

Hmmmm, Aion just has no appeal to me for various reasons, but for those who do find some I hope they make a solid game that you all enjoy!

I’ll probably skip, as I doubt they will remove certain ideas, systems, or design philosophies from this that left me saying “Nope!” to the original. If they do, well, then I will hope for goodwill from those who liked those things in turn.