Aion Mounts a Challenge to World of Warcraft

September 11, 2009 at 22:34 7 comments

For online gamers, the place to be this weekend is the free open beta test for Aion the latest game over the last five years to try to knock World of Warcraft off its multi-billion dollar throne where it reigns as the king of subscription-based Internet games.

World of Warcraft is almost five years old now and where contenders like Vanguard, EverQuest 2, Age of Conan, Dungeons & Dragons Online, Warhammer Online and Lord of the Rings Online have failed to make a major dent in what is now WOW’s more than 11 million player user base, Aion has by far the best chance yet.

Perhaps most important, Aion, developed by NCsoft of South Korea, has already been available in that country, by far the world’s most intense online gaming market, since last November. The game has also been available in China since April. Aion has garnered several million players in Asia, giving NCsoft the ability to polish and tweak the game for some of the world’s most demanding players in advance of its scheduled retail release in North America on Sept. 22.

This is just a chuck from an article in The New York Times. This just shows what kind of an impact Aion has already made and will be making with the upcoming launch in Europe and North America. Please do read this article.

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  • 1. pitrelli  |  September 17, 2009 at 10:13

    Pfffft Aion will be another WAR, nice box sales followed by a mass exodus after the first couple of months.

    Mentioning Aion and its potential subscription numbers in comparison to WoW is just setting it up for an epic fail. I’d imagine they will balance out at around 500k subscribers and it will be a profitable game challenging WAR as the main choice for PvP.

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    • 2. theaionguy  |  September 18, 2009 at 16:29

      500k subscribers? There are over 400k pre-orders already, so that number will be a lot higher. Aion does not aim to compete with WAR, but with WoW.

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  • 3. pitrelli  |  September 20, 2009 at 14:12

    haha and?

    WAR had 1million+ at launch and look what happened, Aion will never ever compete with WoW. If it does I’ll come back to this post and you can slag me off.

    I have jumped on the WoW killer bandwagon too many times but you can see a mile off Aion will be competing with WAR/Conan etc rather than WoW

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    • 4. theaionguy  |  September 20, 2009 at 14:25

      Too often people called a much anticipated MMO a potential WoW killer. But that’s not the case with Aion. Even the producers say they are happy with a second place behind WoW.

      Some day there will be a WoW killer, but I don’t think it will be soon and it won’t be Aion that’s doing the killing.

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      • 5. shadowwar  |  September 22, 2009 at 12:39

        If you’ll recall, even WAR never claimed they were going to kill WoW. Players might have (just like Aion players), but the developers never did.

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  • 7. Hudson  |  September 20, 2009 at 18:12

    WoW is this post for real?

    Lame

    Reply

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