A couple of people have mentioned the soon to be released fantasy MMORPG, Aion, and have gotten me interested. Aion has a fantasy setting and it looks very very pretty. So far so good!
The PVP is described as open warfare but the emphasis isn’t on one-vs-one combat. How this is going to differ to world PVP on WoW PVP realms I’m not quite sure.
PvPvE is an acronym that stands for Player versus Player versus Environment. The term PvPvE encapsulates the flow of the constant and dynamic war that rages in the Abyss between both player factions and the Balaur, a nonplayable race of brutal creatures.
Perhaps it will feel more like Princess Delrissa in Magister’s Terrace – a PVE simulated 5v5 arena event – where the NPCs act more like individuals engaged in free-thinking PVP than monsters with predictable melee attacks, threat tables and timed abilities.
Aion is not Mac compatible
It never occured to me that Aion would not run on my Mac – everything else runs on my Mac! Isn’t that the whole point of the Universal system? Anyway, apparently they’re using some 3D graphic engine that’s Windows proprietary. There’s some discussion about how it shouldn’t be too difficult for the developer to produce a Mac client for the game, but yes, it would cost money. The developer has stated they have absolutely no plans to produce a Mac client for the game.
There is a workaround. I can buy and install Windows and use an application on my Mac that will allow me to reboot and load up Windows, then launch Aion. None of this will be supported by the game developer, so you have to just cross your fingers that nothing goes wrong. I swore years ago that I would never be forced to use Windows again. I can’t see me breaking this vow for 1 game.
Aion has no Oceanic-based servers
QVS has stated it will be distributing the NA (North-American) version of Aion to its [Australian] customers.
Well World of Warcraft doesn’t have Oceanic-based servers either, I hear you say. And it’s probably my biggest complaint with the game. There’s a fantastic review of the game at Australian Gamer Preview that I would encourage all Aion-maybe-players to read says it perfectly:
It makes sense to create a specific server for Australia, and host it in their Korean data centre, a major network hub a minor hop from Australia where they would already have servers. I call on QVSoftware and NCSoft to do exactly that. Releasing a product here includes supporting it properly, and that includes the infrastructure to enable players to have an adequate experience.
I didn’t know anything about latency when I started playing WoW – I just followed the prompts. Now it’s time for me to put my money where my mouth is. Giving in and purchasing a new game with the same problem makes me feel that I’m conceeding – agreeing that I don’t deserve an equal playing experience because I live on this side of the globe and playing with 400ms+ is OK.
Again this issue (as it is with WoW) comes down to maintenance/outlay cost. Although there has never been any official word from Blizzard as to why plans to host an Australian based server were cancelled, generally it is thought to be a combination of hosting costs and – dare I say it – monetary incentive. I mean, we already pay the same fee and play on U.S. servers, largely without complaint.
Must Read Review
I loved this review from a Aion Beta Australian player, Matt, who is also a World of Wacraft player:
Australian Gamer Preview :: Aion
Is it worth the pain?
I wasn’t the least bit interested when Age of Conan or WARhammer was released. Unfortunately, I didn’t find out about Fury until it was cancelled. Aion is the first MMO to really catch my interest since I began playing World of Warcraft. I guess I’m not part of their target market for their September release since I don’t live in North America and use a PC.
I won’t be gaining decent ping times. No longer will I be able to flick between my game and Firefox smooth as silk (I love you Mac OS). Logging in to play Aion will force me to completely restart my machine and face Windows – ugh. Is the actual game experience going to make up for all of that?