Aion Classic will officially make its western debut at noon tomorrow

    
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Good news for MMO players raring to go in Aion Classic: You won’t even need to get out of bed early to do it. NCsoft has announced that the fun begins tomorrow at noon EDT – that’s 9 a.m. PDT and 6 p.m. CEST. Naturally, there are some speed challenges on offer for those who happen to be able to play in the middle of a work day.

“Get ready for kickoff tomorrow in Aion Classic’s most epic launch event! Starting tomorrow at server launch, all players will be able to compete with others across the globe in several challenges. The fastest player(s) to complete each challenge will unlock exclusive titles of legendary status! The challenges are below:

• First to reach level 50
• First Brigade General of the first Legion to capture a fortress
• First to reach 1-Star Officer Rank
• First to gain Slayer buff through PvP
• First team to slay Kromede the Corrupt
• First team to slay Brigade General Bakarma

You can track the winners in each category as it is accomplished on our competition tracking page, which will be going live tomorrow on AionOnline.com. If you intend to compete, know that we are targeting launch at 9am PT (12pm EDT, 6pm CEST). Thanks, and good luck!”

If this all seems as if it’s happening really fast, well, that’s because it is; NCsoft only just announced the launch in North and South America two weeks ago. Preorder packs are live, as is character creation.

“The new service for the vaunted MMORPG Aion provides a fresh start as the game originally was when it launched in the Americas back in 2009, with some additional quality of life improvements. Players new and old can take flight to explore the massive, unique realm of the god Aion, hunt and venture on quests, or take a side in the battle between light and dark and fight other players. […] Aion Classic will see the return of some of the games early, iconic dungeons, and only the original four character classes will be available to players (each with their two original subclasses). Keeping with the ethos of classic MMORPG experiences, the player progression in Aion Classic will be moderately paced, to increase opportunities for players to explore the world of the Asmodians and the Elyos.”

We note again here that while Gameforge operates retail Aion in Europe, it hasn’t made any announcements about a European Classic server. NCsoft has alternately referred to its Classic server as a “global,” “western,” and “Americas”-oriented launch, but given the fact that NCsoft itself has issued launch times in CEST, we’re assuming Europeans can still play – at least if they’re willing to brave the ping times of servers hosted on the US east coast.

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Fisty

Two servers, jam packed full of people. I swear the queue for Siel was like 26k earlier. Israphel was at 3k when I started it up 5 minutes ago.

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draugris

You are allowed to play from Europe with the exception of the countries they have on their block list for retail Aion, Russia for example. Siege Times on the servers are set with American Timezones in mind though.

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Bruno Brito

I’ll play it and since i’m a masochist i’ll play Cleric, but i have the feeling this game’s classic version doesn’t hold up well for me.

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Leyaa

I hope Gameforge will follow suit, although I don’t think Classic would follow the same lenient model for free2play and instead will probably be subscription only under Gameforge.

I have to say though, Aion Classic has not the best time spot. This summer and this year in general is one of the busiest the MMORPG genre has seen in years.
They might have drawn in more players if Classic were to release at the same time next year instead.

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bobfish

It is definitely an American version, if you set your region to Europe you’re unable to install it. Though obviously NCSoft doesn’t actually restrict your region setting, so you can change it whenever you want.

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velimirius

cant wait!

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Brinto Sfj

I am not sure how f2p version of classic will remain classic, the founder packs already look very not classic…

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Loopy

And I’ll be there.