Monday, March 12, 2012
At the moment only the EU version is free-to-play. North-America is still paying for the game, but rumors say that this version will get it's transition to free soon.
The originally German publisher Gameforge will have the task of maintaining the servers. They chose to do it for free because the member count dropped so much it wasn't really bringing anything in. Instead of dropping the whole EU version they did the good thing and made it playable for everyone.
Gameforge and developer NCsoft promise that the new business model will still be supported with patches and new content for the game.
To learn more how to play Aion f2p go to the Gameforge FAQ.
I already played this game when it got released. People who got a subscription somewhere in history will get Veteran status. Other people just get Starters status. For the full features list go here.