Aion’s massive Awakened Legacy update is now live

    
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Yesterday, NCSoft introduced the latest major Aion update, Awakened Legacy, and the full — and, might we add, very, very extensive — patch notes are now available for players’ perusal.

The sheer number of additions and changes that Awakened Legacy brings is far too large for us to even hope to exhaustively list here, but one of the biggest highlights is the addition of a brand-new zone, Lakrum, which contains the new Drakenspire Depths instance — which can be entered only by the race that occupies Lakrum Fortress — as well as nine artifact bases that players can fight to capture, allowing them to acquire Genesis Crystals that can be used to buy Enchantment Stones and equipment.

As we discussed at length on this week’s podcast, new and returning players can also now progress all the way to level 80 under a character questing and progression system that is much more simplified and guided.

Somewhat unusually, the number of things that have been added in the update is almost matched by the number of things that have been removed, as Ereshkigal’s wrath has completely destroyed 14 of the game’s zones as well as a staggering 55 instances. All is not lost, however, as the update does add three new instances — the aforementioned Drakenspire Depths, the six-man Primeth’s Forge dungeon, and the Qubrinerk’s Cubic Lab solo instance. Awakened Legacy also introduces the transformation system, which allows players to unlock various forms that they can take on to change their appearance and stats for the duration of the transformation.

If you want to check out the full patch notes — all 27 pages of them — you can do so at your leisure over at the game’s official site. You can also stay tuned for our stream on OPTV at 2 p.m. today when we dive back into the game!

Source: Patch Notes
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Rialto

I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again:
They removed way too much and did not add enough for the game to remain interesting beyond the first couple of weeks. You literally go through 3 zones now before your’e at cap and at the last zone. Abyss might as well have been removed, as the whole focus is on Lakrum, a ground-based pvpve map that is basically the ONLY endgame activity now.

I had fun up until the level cap, and was fine with the fact that they removed a lot of content, but once I’d realized I’d run out of that content after only a little over 10 hours of play, and had nothing too fun to do at endgame (Lakrum isn’t bad, but it’s not enough), I was done.

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imayb1

My opinion: if you ever enjoyed this game, keep your memories of happier times and don’t bother returning.

Money, tokens, and items were removed by the bucket loads — not replaced, mind you, just removed. Armor/skin sets that were unique to removed instances are no longer available and armor was locked to class. Many, many skills were removed. Arguably, there were too many but the skill bars look sparse now.

Sanctum was cut into 1/3 its original map size and Panda in half. Large portcullis or new buildings cut off roads in the main cities and the taverns and docks are no more. Zones and their corresponding dungeons/instances have been chopped down to Heiron/Beluslan, then Inggi/Gelk, Cygnea/Enshar, and Lakrum — all with rifting. The housing zones are still there, although they removed items and quests from there, too. It’s really, really obvious how EMPTY the game is now.

Crafting no longer exists. Anything that you might’ve crafted in the past (like food or potions) is now monetized or just gone. They’ve made a concerted effort to rush everyone to endgame ASAP and get them to PvP. Quest slates were wiped clean and very simple two-step quests give ludicrous amounts of XP.

On the up side, they hand you full sets of accessories, weapons, and armor for your approximate level range. They also added a bunch of simple tutorials to explain systems, which were kind of needed.

Overall, it felt bad to revisit this game that I used to love. Stuff that (once upon a time) I worked hard to get is worthless and while I’m okay with outgrown gear, the stuff that was handed to me was totally unearned. I guess it’s sort of a fresh start for most players who are dressed in the gimme gear like cookie cutters– a far cry from the more familiar hordes of avatars in very eclectic gear/skins. I’m just mourning what this game was to me.

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Mordyjuice

Does it really count as a massive update if they remove so much more, I got the impression reading this that Aion Players would enjoy a much needed Kidney at the expense of having your limbs removed?

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Steven Williams

No more Verteron or Eltnen? I have great memories of those zones… I’m torn between trying out the new game and playing a private server.

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Steven Williams

They removed zones AGAIN!?

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Castagere Shaikura

Tried to install the game but got that xigncode error thing. Don’t want to waste time trying to figure that out.

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Neurotic

Oh gods, I saw the article in my RSS feed and read it as ‘…Awkward Legacy…’. :D

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Greaterdivinity

Wanted to log in last night to start up a new templar but…xign refuses to let me actually launch the bloody game. I freakin hate these nonsense third party anti-cheat solutions, they rarely seem to have an impact on preventing cheats and only seem to cause technical issues for normal users : (

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Loopy

I found the solution for it – turn off exploit settings in Windows Defender, restart, and the game will launch. After that first successful launch you can turn the settings back on and it’ll still work without issues.