It's been a short trip from "this is a thing that's going to happen" to "this thing is happening right now", but here we are. Aion Classic launched for global audiences. This is an opportunity for those who enjoyed Aion back in the day but aren't so fond of the current version, as well as those who missed out the first time around to get in and try things out. That, and there are likely to be some folks who weren't around for the first time because, as was pointed out to us by Lead Producer Mike Treffler during a brief overview of Classic last week, XP was the most up to date version of Windows at the time of launch.
Aion Classic released in Korea on November 11, 2020. One month into its release, instead of seeing a downward trend in its population as most releases experience in the first few weeks of the game, Aion Classic has shown a growing trend instead. Going from approximately 30,000 players upon release to about 50,000 players during peak times one month into the server. The game is booming in Korea. Aion follows the old-school style of the holy trinity in its Pvp, with the classes countering one another. The game's very well done tab-target system and balanced open world, PvP end game content has proved enough for it to withstand the test of time.
In that vein, fans will rejoice to find out that NCSOFT is bringing Aion Classic to North America. Judging by the reactions, many old fans are planning to hop back into the game, as well as some new ones are joining the hype and will be checking it out. One drawback of bringing an old game back is that players have aged as well. Many are pointing out that they will most likely not have the time for Aion's grind, however well implemented it is, and are hoping to see some changes made towards reducing the time necessary to level up a character to access endgame content. You gonna need enough Aion Classic Kinah to handle this.
- Subscription-based Model: As in days of yore, Aion Classic will be subscription based. Players can purchase Siel's Aura, which unlocks full experience gain, and the ability to acquire useful in-game currency and items.
- Four Player Classes: In Aion Classic, only the original four player classes are available to players – Warrior, Scout, Priest, and Mage. Each class has two unique ascensions.
- Level 50 Player Cap: Aion Classic features slower progression, dungeons from days gone, and a return to hunting zones of the past. Take to the skies with wings to explore the massive world of Atreia.
As for EU fans, due to Gameforge being the publisher for their region, it seems unlikely that Aion Classic will be coming to the EU region anytime soon. And the game's PvP being so reliant on latency, playing on NA servers might prove to be difficult for most.