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Beyond the Windstream - Producer's Letter

Greetings Daevas and Happy Daeva’s Day!

 

As Aion turns the corner and completes its 7th year of live service in the West, it's as good a time as ever to take a step back and look at where it stands. This past year has not been without its challenges, and we definitely would not have made it through without the loyalty and dedication of you, our players. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you from the entire Aion team.

In this letter, I'll share with you some of the team's priorities and plans for the next twelve months. Bear in mind that we're already working on these as I write this, and on several of them simultaneously - while we might prioritize one or two in the immediate term, none will be neglected. Lastly, this is not an exhaustive list, just some insight into what we are planning for the coming year – as time moves on and other plans become more solidified, I will write more letters to address them.

 

The Long Term

With the 5.0 update just behind us, one of our top priorities is to improve the frequency of our game updates, and improve the communication surrounding them. In recent months, we've fallen further behind schedule than we would like to be, and this is obviously a problem. Also, it's not fair to our players to have to watch those from other regions enjoy an update for months on end, with little word from us about when that update will be out here. To that end, we are streamlining our update process and will be better about communicating with players on when they can expect to see content.

Another major item we have been discussing (and a hot topic in the community) is server merges. While Aion has much to offer, server population has been falling for some time. Those of you who remain are as dedicated as ever and are sustaining the game with your passion and patronage, but we still want the best possible environment for you to play in. Before making official announcements, there are several considerations we need to make - player-side impacts like rankings, housing and game economy, and team-side impacts such as scheduling needs and how this may (or may not) affect the overall schedule of our game updates. We are still in preliminary discussions regarding server merges so we're not ready to announce anything just yet, but look for this information in the coming months.

 

The Immediate Future

In the coming weeks, the Daeva’s Day events will wrap up, and we will move into Harvest Revel. Popular events such as Alchemy and the Nightmare Circus will return. Moving further out, we look forward to the next update to Echoes of Eternity arriving before the year is out, bringing with it a host of changes to the Arena as well as a level 66+ Dredgion and a new Archdaeva-exclusive crafting discipline. We will post more information as we near the release date, but know that we are all very excited to have you experience this update and the next chapter of Aion’s story.

If you’re looking into jumping back into Aion, we definitely encourage you and welcome you to do so! The success and longevity of the game would not be possible without your continued support and passion for the game.

 

Thank you for taking the time to read this letter and we hope to see you in game.

Gideon


Leave Your Legacy: Wings of Atreia Winners

Happy Daeva’s Day! Last month, we held a contest for wing designs and we received numerous creative designs drawn on computer and/or by hand with color penciland crayon. Due to limited dev time availability, we are only able to select three winners from the original five, and we apologize for this change. With the limited dev time, we want to ensure the winning designs are recreated superbly in-game so please congratulate the winners of the Leave Your Legacy: Wings of Atreia!

 

Larxe - Siel

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Hyunjoong - Israphel

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Tsova - Siel

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Development time for each of the winning designs will be determined by the art director and dev team. Winners will contacted when their design is ready to be delivered.


Celebrate Daeva's Day

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Tomorrow we celebrate Daeva’s Day, Aion’s 7th anniversary which means a special day of events. On September 22, after 12 AM server time, the Daeva’s Day Cake will give you 200% bonus EXP as well as increased drop rate by 50%. The boosted cake buff will only be available on Daeva’s Day, but there will also be a separate triple EXP setting for the servers that will stack on top of any EXP buff you currently have and are using. The triple EXP server setting will be available until Sunday, September 25, 11:59 PM server time.

In addition, the Level Up Survey reward for level 75 has been extended to October 31, and the rewards have been changed to the following items: 
 

-SURVEY REWARDS-

Armor Box of the Full Moon

Weapon Box of the Full Moon

Anniversary Consumables Box

Large Luna Bundle (50 Luna)

 

Happy Daeva’s Day, Daevas!


Weekly Server Maintenance - September 21, 2016, 6:00 AM Central

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There will be a scheduled maintenance period tomorrow, Wednesday, September 21, 2016 from 6:00 AM to 8:30 AM Central Time. The game servers will be unavailable for approximately 2.5 hours.

- Changes -

  1. Routine website and server maintenance.
  2. Ceramium Chef event will continue for one more week.
  3. Glory Exchange Officer and Enchantment Stone Exchanger will be here for one more week.
  4. Level 75 Level Up Reward survey will be extended. Survey rewards will be updated to an Anniversary Consumables Box and more. Details will be available after the maintenance. 

 

Be sure to follow @L2andAionOps for server updates. Thank you for your patience!


Payment System Maintenance - September 18, 2016, 8:45 AM Central

Starting on September 18, 8:45 am Central, the payment system will undergo maintenance for approximately 8 hours and 15 minutes. During this time, the system will not process any NCoin orders or Prestige Pack subscriptions. Any renewing Prestige Pack purchases will be processed after the maintenance. If you are considering purchasing NCoin or Prestige Packs, please be sure to do so prior to the maintenance. NCoin balances can still be spent normally during the maintenance. 


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