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Eye on Community 05.21.2010

Greetings Daevas,

It's been an exciting week here at NCSOFT! Many of you have probably already seen the letter from our producer, Chris "Kinslon" Hager. In the letter, Chris gets down to business releasing the live date for v1.9, a general timeframe for 2.0, and brief tidbits about our plans for server transfers and server merges. If you haven't yet read it, I'd encourage you to do so!

For those of you playing on the PTS, you've probably noticed that we've begun to make sections of 1.9 available for incremental patching. Many of you have asked us why we've begun to release pieces of the patch in the PTS, and the answer is simple: your convenience. Because of the sheer size of this update, we wanted to make it easy for our players to download the update. We plan to use the same patching strategy on the live servers, and you can expect to see that begin sometime next week.


Suthran Divine Fortress Siege Interview

The Divine Fortress was conquered by the Elyos on Suthran (a French server) on Saturday April 24, 2010. After two hours of fierce battle, the Elyos army defeated the Balaur, and Suthran completed this achievement, becoming the first server in the West to do so. Arathaur, our French community manager, sat down with the main raid leaders to learn more about the strategy they used and their reactions when Ereshkigal's Claw was slain. Those interviewed here (and their respective Legions) are Forga (Origine), Falkynn (Origine), Ansea (Origine), Madacik (Millenium), Lolaa (Option), Nagora (BabyBoyZ), and Selket (Midgard).


Double Experience Weekend Valediction

Greetings Daevas,

When we announced that we were going to begin double experience weekends back in December, we mentioned that doing so was a temporary solution for an issue that we had plans to solve in the long term. With the 1.9 update hitting the live servers on June 2, we feel we can increase the rarity of these events. It's important to point out that double experience weekends are not disappearing completely; we still plan to run these event weekends, though less frequently going forward.


Server Maintenance 3:30 a.m. PDT, May 19, 2010

Greetings Daevas,

We are bringing the Aion servers down at 3:30 a.m. PDT, May 19, 2010 (more) for maintenance.

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

Thank you for your patience!

—The Aion Community Team


May Community Address: Letter from Aion's Producer

Greetings Aion Players!

Spring is in the air, the sun is out and the days are getting longer, and that means it's time for update news! After much anticipation, I am happy to announce the 1.9 update will be available on the North American and European public test servers on Tuesday May 25, 2010. A week later, the 1.9 update will hit North American and European Live servers on Wednesday June 2, 2010. As you might have read in the 1.9 patch notes or the 1.9 Q&A with Kinslon, the 1.9 update includes a number of great game improvements based on player feedback from around the world. We listened to your concerns about where the game play experience was less than stellar, collected data to support this, and requested those changes to the game for the 1.9 update and we continue to provide this feedback for future updates too. Along with a reduction in costs, better experience for quests and increased loot drops, we also threw in a collection of exciting systems and updates such as arms fusion, daily quests, rental weapon/armor system and a new look for group UI feature that are all aimed at improving the player's experience.


PTS Server Maintenance 2:00 p.m. PDT, May 18, 2010

We are bringing the Aion PTS server down at 2:00 p.m. PDT, May 18, 2010 (more) for maintenance.

The maintenance is estimated to take no longer than 1 hour.

Thank you for your patience!


Eye on Community 05.14.2010

Greetings Daevas,

It's been a busy week here at NCSOFT as we've been finalizing all the 1.9 release information. We understand how eager you are to play this update first hand. Next week, we will release an extensive letter explaining where we're at in the process, in addition to an announcement that will affect every single Aion player.

Have a great weekend, Daevas. We'll see you next week!


Topic of the Week

What is the purpose and intent of the public test server?

Some folks are confused about what the purpose of the PTS. This week, Chris "Kinslon" Hager sets the record straight in what is shaping up to be an extremely active discussion on the forums. Want to know more about the public test server? Give the thread a read, and make sure to leave your feedback.