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Aion going free-to-play in Europe

Fantasy MMOG promises to "raise the bar" following February switch

NCsoft's CryEngine powered fantasy MMOG Aion will switch to a free-to-play model in Europe in February.

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German developer and publisher Gameforge will handle Aion's free-to-play launch and all future updates, NCsoft told Edge.

Executive product director Volker Boenigk said that, following the switch to free-to-play, Aion's core gameplay will remain intact, with minor changes made to its interface.

"Aion will raise the bar of what players can expect from a free-to-play title, not only in terms of game content and quality, but in terms of graphical fidelity and visual beauty," he said.

"The developers at NCsoft have put a great amount of effort into maintaining the engine and updating it with improved visuals while also maintaining moderate hardware requirements."

Aion is the latest in a long line of MMOs to switch to a free-to-play model. Recent examples include DC Universe Online, Star Trek Online, Age Of Conan, Heroes Of Newerth and Team Fortress 2.

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