I am having a blast in Aion right now. It runs so smooth, looks so good and combat is so tight, its really hard to not have fun if you like this type of game. However, I do have worries about the game. Hopefully, they are unfounded, but that is something only time will tell.
1. Bots. NCSoft is notorious for being “bot friendly”. Lineage 2 is totally bot ridden from what I have read, bad enough to be a lost cause on those terms. Will Aion be the same? Surely NCSoft must realize that a game can not be successful in the West with those problems?
2. The Grind. I don’t mind a bit of a grind. Hell, I prefered WoW when leveling was much slower. With that being said, I have a life and gaming is not 100% of it. Leveling should be challenging but not life consuming. Asian games, in general, have a reputation for a huge grind. I hope thats not the case in Aion.
3. Support. I will admit, I’m selfish. I’m used to American games, where the American player gets the newest patches first and doesn’t have to wait. With Aion it looks like Korea and the Asian markets will get the patches first, the new content first and we will have to wait. I can deal with this as long as we are not an afterthought.
4. NCSoft abandoning the game. I played Tabula Rasa. I thought it was a unique game with problems. One that, with the right support and developers, could be turned into a fun game. It was never given that chance. NCSoft abandoned it. I worry that Aion could turn out to be the same. Now, Aion seems to be in much better condition than Tabula Rasa, with much better content and with a polish that Tabula Rasa didn’t come close to matching, so that will help, but MMOs are a long, tough road. There are no “instant” successes in MMOs and that include WoW. Developers have to have a roadmap to where they want to go, how they mean to get there and they have to stay the course even when subs are down. Hopefully, NCSoft will do that with Aion.
So, thats my top four fears for Aion. Anyone have others or disagree with mine?