Runs on: Modified Farcry Engine
Able to: max out resolution at 1920×1200 with high details
What it looks like? A highly detailed version of Lineage 2. Wimpy PC’s need not apply.
Biggest draw? True Aerial Combat. Wings arent merely for transportation.
What is Aion?
Aion is an MMORPG by NCSoft, and features the world of Atriea which was once a peaceful planet. When a minor disagreement caused a massive war, Atriea changed forever. The Tower of Eternity shattered and broke the world in two. On the top half live the Asmodia and on the bottom live the Elyos. In between them in this apple core-like world sits the shattered remains of the tower and the magical floating lands that were left behind at its passing. This area called the Abyss serves as the new battleground between the two sides and a third hateful race known as the Balaur.
Who will release this game in the Philippines? Aion Philippines?
Wait and see….
Here’s IGN’s hands on preview at E3 2007:
Players will begin their journey’s across Atriea by picking a class and completing basic quests up through level 10 at which point players will be able to choose a secondary class based on their first choice and become one of the Daeva. These Daeva are the upper class of Atriea affording them access to better areas of the world and also granting them wings.
One of the interesting aspects of Aion is that players will have the opportunity to fly from place to place, battle foes in the sky, and explore vertically unlike any MMO aside from City of Heroes. Wings can only be used for a short period at a time (right now it’s around a minute), but it’s still plenty of time to reach new places, especially in the magical Abyss.
In order to be named Daeva, the character playing had to bring water to a sentient tree in the middle of forest. At this point the game switched to a short cutscene, something that the developers are hoping sets apart the story from other MMOs. Many times when story quests are completed, players will be treated to one of these cutscenes which will show their own character, complete with armor, weapons and customized look, participating in them. The other cutscene we were shown was that of the character becoming a Daeva. Both were nice treats that we’re guessing players will enjoy.
Once players find their way into the realm of the Abyss, the PvP portion of the game will begin. Players could potentially make their way to the highest levels staying out of the area completely and participate in high level raid gameplay, but NCsoft says that players would be missing out on a lot of the fun. In the Abyss, players will be able to fight with one another on and in between islands in a persistent state zone filled with magic and danger.
The wildcard of the area are the draconian Balaur who pretty much hate everything else that lives. Their intentions are a mystery and their actions may be surprising. They may decided to come and help one side fight against the other and then turn around the next time and ally with the other side. It changes constantly so that players will have to react and adapt to the behavior of these beings as well. NCsoft is hoping that this PvPvE gameplay will change up the formula enough to keep players wanting more.
Players won’t simply be fighting random battles either. Citadels will be scattered around the environment just waiting to be captured. Once captured, they’ll give the faction in control certain bonuses though they weren’t ready to discuss that aspect more at this time.