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Assault on Balaurea Live on PTS!

Greetings Daevas!

Welcome to Assault on Balaurea! Our Aion Public Test Servers are now live with the new, free expansion. This is a great opportunity to get a first glimpse of the new lands, new content, new levels, new instances, pets and more! Dive in and tell us what you think in our official PTS forums.

In preparation for Assault on Balaurea, the PTS servers have been wiped of all previous characters. To aid you in your tour of Assault on Balaurea we have drastically increased the experience gain for a limited time to make it possible for new characters to level extremely quickly. After all, we need you to be powerful enough to test the new content!

Incremental patching has already begun for those players who already have the PTS client installed on their computer. You will need to finish up the last parts of the patch now that the PTS server is live.

Don't have the PTS client installed on your computer? Below are instructions to aid you in downloading the client and begin patching.

Eye on Community 8-13-2010

Greetings Daevas,

If you're anything like me, you probably love animals! Throughout my life, I've found that being around the cuteness of cats and dogs helps keep a smile on my face. In Aion®: Assault on Balaurea™, you'll find yourself in the middle of an intense war, but you won't have to face the challenges ahead alone. You'll have the ability to collect dozens of pets to accompany you along the way. Yesterday, we began discussing how you can obtain those pets, and our announcement was met with an overwhelming amount of buzz in the media. …

Update on Character Transfers

Greetings Daevas,

We realize that many of you are anxious to hear an update regarding character transfers. The development phase of the improved character transfer system has been completed and is currently undergoing testing to ensure that future transfers will help balance server population. The dynamic system that we've created will allow us to reopen the transfer service with automatic safeguards in place to prevent mass transfers negatively affecting server balance.

Our current plan is to reactivate the free transfer signups on Monday, August 16 at 8:00 a.m. PDT, with the first transfer set to begin on Wednesday, August 18. We realize some players were separated from their friends and family after the first wave of transfers. This process will provide an opportunity for those players to reunite, and we're dedicated to helping those of you who are currently isolated from your friends. However, because these transfers will be automatically controlled based on faction population balance, trying to reunite with your Asmodian friends on Vaizel or your Elysean friends on Zikel may not happen right away.

Here at NCSOFT, we're passionate gamers just like you, and because of this, we hold ourselves to an extremely high standard for …

The Coming Pets of Aion

Pets confined to fetching the morning paper and performing crowd pleasing tricks are now a thing of the past. The upcoming free expansion Aion: Assault on Balaurea introduces an entirely new pet subsystem to explore. You will have access to functional pets capable of storing goods, assisting with crafting, acting as guardians by alerting their masters to nearby enemies, and of course those simply designed to make their masters look good.

The pets system will continue to develop and evolve moving forward, but we're looking at five pet types to start out with: …

Server Maintenance 3:30 a.m. PDT, August 11, 2010

Update 07:29 PDT: Maintenance is complete. Fight on the Right Side rewards have however been temporarily disabled until further notice.

Greetings Daevas,

We are bringing the Aion servers down at 3:30 a.m. PDT, August 11, 2010 (more) for maintenance.

The maintenance is estimated to take no longer than 3 hours.

Thank you for your patience!

—The Aion Community Team

Aion: Assault on Balaurea on Public Test Server

The NA Public Test Server (PTS) was brought down this past week to prepare for testing of Assault on Balaurea, the free upcoming Aion expansion often referred to as Aion 2.0.

The PTS database will be reset completely as a part of this, and all PTS characters and Legions will be removed. Keep in mind that the progression rates on the PTS have received a significant boost compared to the rates of our regular servers.

The PTS will reopen its majestic gates on August 18th 2010, with the new expansion ready for some testing action. Aion: Assault on Balaruea will be available across all servers September 7th 2010. …

Eye on Community 8.6.2010

Greetings Daevas,

It's been another busy week here at NCSOFT, and despite being infected with an officewide plague-like flu of sorts, we're still alive! We have a lot to talk about this week, so let's get to it!

We know that many of you have been patiently waiting for your Major Crowns and Suspicious Yellow Sacks as part of the Dash of the Daevas and Fight on the Right Side events. Obviously, we've run into a few problems distributing these items as quickly as we wanted to, so we're adopting a new strategy.

For the Dash of the Daevas crown rewards, we're going to issue every active …