Inc Gamers has released a new interview with Liv Blazier, Associate Producer of Aion. Most of it is stuff we have seen before, she talks about PvPvE, how well the game is selling etc.. However, she has a few new things to say, some of which are, to me, troubling.
I have said from the begininning that one of the things that worries me about Aion is the possibility that the Western market would be “second-class citizens” when compared to the East. We could get patches late, the possibility that our game input would not be listened to and the like. I was reassured quite a bit when I saw some of the stuff coming in
patch 1.5, UI tweaks for us Western folk, less grind and more quests. Furthermore, I had heard from multiple people that we would be getting new patches at nearly the same time as the Eastern servers. Then, Liv said this:
Although we all strive to release updates as close as Korea as possible, each territory has its own update schedule. In the West, we are launching with version 1.5 of Aion, which synchronises us with Korea’s updates. After launch our goal is to release updates at least least 2-3 months within Korea’s updates.”
Two to three months, at least? That is a lot more than what I was hoping for, nowhere near what I had heard. Now, to be honest, this isn’t a deal-breaker for me. Do I like it? No. Will it cause me to cancel my preorder? No. I can deal with this as long as it isn’t too long a wait but the second it seems like we are an afterthought I will rethink my options. I hope that the two to three months becomes the maximum we have to wait as NCSoft gets into the “swing” of things, so to speak.
Now, to the big one, at least to me:
We haven’t announced anything regarding microtransactions, but stay tuned. We are going to focus on paid services at launch.”
Wait….what?!?! Let me get this right, I have to buy the box, pay the monthly fee and then I might have to pay for other things with microtransactions? To be fair, she may be talking about server transfers and such, which I can handle. But, if she is talking about vanity pets, additonal customization or the like, I am pretty upset. The question that recieved this anwer was:
Will there be any added extras we can pay for with microtransactions, such as additional customisations, in-game pets, and so on?”
The question and the answer seem, at least to me, to mean that she is referring to things other than server transfers and name changes, but instead to things like customization, vanity pets and equipment. I certainly hope this is not the case. I really do. I just can not see paying for the box, the monthly fee and then microtransactions after that. I have no problem with the microtransaction payment system but if you go that route then I think the monthly fee should not be a part of it. One or the other but not both.
Maybe I am overreacting, or maybe I am reading too much into a short couple of sentences. I really, really hope so.
Link to full interview can be found right here!