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Flipping the Double Experience Weekend Switch

Greetings Daevas,

Who's ready for another Double Experience Weekend? That's right! It's time to once again stock up on caffeinated food and beverages in preparation for a weekend without sleep. This Friday, March 12th, at 8 p.m. (server time), we will enable double experience. The experience bonus will run through the weekend before ending on Monday at 8 a.m. (server time).

We've broken down what time the double experience will begin on each server. Plan accordingly, and enjoy the double experience!

Web Roundup: Aion v1.9 Media Coverage

If you haven't had the time to read the Aion yet, take a minute or ten to do so. The Western Aion 1.9 update is slated to hit our European and North American servers the first half of the year. We're stoked to see you as excited as we are about the update.

The folks over at Massively, Kotaku, MMORPG, IGN and TenTonHammer had the opportunity to ask Aion Producer Chris "Kinslon" Hager a couple of questions prior to the patch notes release. To learn a little bit more about what led to some of the upcoming changes, check out what the press is saying in the five features linked below:

Eye on Community 03.05.2010

Cyprius on server [FR]Deltras asks:

"Seeing chatter about two patches, 1.9 and 2.0, at the same time confuses me. What's the difference between the two, and will there be a difference between their release here and in Korea?"

Aion in Korea is always a bit ahead of Aion here in the West in terms of game version. Sometimes we get updates more quickly, and other times, they take us longer to roll out because we have to do more work behind the scenes to implement them. If an update contains a large amount of content that requires localization into English, French, and German, it takes longer to implement the update.

Game Update 3:30 a.m. PST, March 3, 2010

We are bringing the Aion servers down at 3:30 a.m. PST, March 3, 2010 for maintenance.

During this downtime we will be applying a fix to the client which you may find listed in the PowerWiki.

We estimate it to take no longer than 3 hours.

Thank you for your patience!

—The Aion Community Team

Aion v1.9 Secretive Meeting Notes

Greetings Folks

As some of our more observant followers noticed, a top secret, critical meeting just took place between our European and North American offices. This meeting was held in parallel with a press conference with over 60 invited journalists that took place at the same time in NCSOFT's Korean headquarters.

Unfortunately, we don't have a transcript of the meeting to share. Security precautions for the meeting were aggressive—including the use of lava pits and muscular bulls—which made leaking the information during the meeting an uninviting option. The objective of the meeting was to nail down the patch notes of the upcoming version 1.9 patch for Aion.

Official Aion Magazine Now Available

The world of Aion is full of adventures and dangerous enemies. But it is also a world where heroes are born and become brave soldiers in a celestial war. Today, we are proud to announce the launch of the Official Aion Magazine, a digital-only magazine where you can learn more about the world and its inhabitants. The magazine which will be published monthly will also include tons of information about the game, exclusive interviews, helpful guides and much more.

Subscribe to the Official Aion Magazine before March 25th and you'll receive the first issue with special exclusive in-game items. For more information about the magazine, and to subscribe, please visit the official magazine website.

Eye on Community 02.26.2010

Dorthax of [UK] Kahrun asks:

"Just like Darkness meets Light, which forms the most beautiful colors of passion during sunrise or sunset…
Just like the Ying and the Yang, which are opposites, yet form a perfect circle…
Just like Fire and Water, opposites, but when combined give birth to vapor and are no more…

What would happen if a child of Asmodae would fall in love with a child of Elysea?"

Good question, Dorthax—but not one you'd want to ask openly in the streets of Pandaemonium. There are many conflicting ideas about what would happen if an Asmodian and an Elyos got together, but most everyone seems to agree that it would be bad indeed. If this event has ever happened, those involved have certainly kept it quiet. And for good reason; in the current situation of all-out war, the Shedim Lords would not look kindly on someone who chose to consort with the enemy, and would most likely see them as a traitor. For all their differences in other areas, the Seraphim Lords appear to feel the same way.