Aion Character Transfers

Lance Stites Talks About the State of Aion Today on the Aion Website discusses the ups and downs of the launch of Aion, NCsoft's MMORPG (thanks IncGamers). The good news according to the NCsoft West executive producer is the fact that the game is "polished and incredibly fun," and the bad news is the server queues where players are spending too much of their time. He explains how they so badly miscalculated demand for the game, and what they are doing to cut down on waiting time going forward:
I’m sure many of you are thinking, “That’s all fine-but how does that help me get in and play the game? What is NCsoft doing for me?” Fair question. First, we have already and will continue to increase server capacity to ensure that we have server space for every user. The reality of the situation is that some servers quickly become very popular servers, with lines queued up to enter, but other servers have plenty of space to accommodate players. Obviously, adding servers won’t help in this case. If you’re waiting to enter a full server, 100 extra servers won’t help.

So the next question may be “What about my character I’ve already spent time on?” Another good question. I’m excited to confirm that we are currently working on implementing a server transfer service beginning next month. Specifically, we will offer every player a free one-time server transfer for a limited time to select servers. You can rest assured that addressing the demand for Aion is our biggest priority. And I know a big question is “Why did you not deploy more servers?” Most of you are savvy enough to realize that a healthy MMO server needs a robust population. We have to calculate our reasonable concurrency numbers in a week and in a month and beyond. The last thing we want to do to our players is spread them out so that the “massively” in “massively multiplayer” gets lost..
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Eve is specifically designed around trading real world currency for in game currency, and that makes a huge difference

As for Aion, I can't speak for the rest of the world, but I don't currently buy gold from the farmers. It's against the spirit of the game, I don't want to support them being in the game spamming everyone, and I'm not about to give personal info to those jackasses.

However, if NCSoft sold in game currency, that would eliminate most of my compunctions about not purchasing gold and I would most definitely be buying a big chunk of it. And I can't help but believe there would be a lot of other players who would take advantage of that as well. Some to much more extreme measures that I personally could ever afford.

Something might go for 50k on the auction houses now with the black market of gold trade. If that market were to become more mainstream, those prices would have no where to go but up. Possibly to the point where anyone not spending additional, real-world money on virtual currency would not be able to afford anything from the player markets by simply playing the game as designed.

This comment was edited on Oct 5, 2009, 22:09.
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