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