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Aion wins the Best Korean Game of the Year 2008

We are delighted to announce that Aion: The Tower of Eternity has won the coveted 'Best Korean Game of the Year' title in the Korean Game Awards for 2008. It was widely observed that Aion outshone competing efforts with its epic scale, immersive story, and stunning graphics and sound design. The prestigious event was co-sponsored by the Korean Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Sports Chosun and Electronic Times News.

Aion has garnered great acclaim since its release in Korea this November. With awards such as this one behind us, we are more determined than ever to ensure that Aion's much anticipated release in Europe and North America will be equally successful!
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Aion Breaking Beta Test Records in Korea

One of the most highly anticipated massively multiplayer online (MMO) games, Aion®: The Tower of Eternity™ from NCsoft®, is already showing signs of reaching hit status in only a matter of days since open beta testing kicked off earlier this week. Aion is scheduled to launch in Korea within the year and launches in China, North America, Europe and Japan are planned for 2009.

Since Tuesday's launch of open beta testing in Korea, concurrent user numbers have already jumped to more than 170,000 players, making it the most popular beta event in Korean history. According to NCsoft officials, more than 11,000 people were logged into the game after only two minutes of open beta service. In less than an hour, that number had ballooned to 40,000. Currently the number of concurrent players has leapt up to more than 170,000.

To meet the unprecedented demand by gamers, NCsoft rapidly expanded to 25 servers over the first few hours of opening the beta. Even with the increased number of servers, tens of thousands of people were waiting to enter the game. By the second day of open beta, the game reached the top spot in Korea's Gametrics web site that rates games that are played in Korea's PC Café industry.

Aion is an epic fantasy MMO that combines an eastern-style focus on visuals and design with western action-oriented gameplay. In Aion, players must fight to save a beautiful and vibrant world ripped asunder by a celestial war; during their adventures, players will ascend to divinity and earn the ability to fly. Flight adds a fun and strategic dimension to the gameplay of Aion and is integral to combat, exploration, harvesting and more.

"The response we're seeing in Korea is incredibly exciting," said David Reid, president of publishing for NCsoft West in Seattle. "Our Aion community in North America and Europe is also rapidly growing. We've got aggressive plans for the western launch in 2009".
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Lineage 2 was one of the best out of Korea
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Hurry up and release it already
Going to be epic.
    
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aion won against only korean games or all games?
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Lineage 2 was one of the best out of Korea
Considering Lineage is the most popular MMO of all time, NCSoft stands a good chance at once again showing the world how it's done. Guild Wars 2 is comming out in a little over a year as well, so this company will be doing nothing but raking in the cash for the next few years.
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ehh, korean MMO's are never too good. As long as WOW is around it cant really do much but hope to be second.
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I really want to try this game. Hopefully, it can hold my interest for more than a month or two.
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Its NCSoft's WoW clone. Cool!

I looked at the gameplay on youtube, and I didn't see any click to move, ridiculously over the top visuals, generic monsters, or clumsy movement. Is this really NCSoft?
    
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I want to play this game...
I have played L2 for 4 years now...
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Its NCSoft's WoW clone. Cool!

I looked at the gameplay on youtube, and I didn't see any click to move, ridiculously over the top visuals, generic monsters, or clumsy movement. Is this really NCSoft?
Some of the visuals are pretty over the top, but it's in a more artistic way. It will probably make for some nice screenshot wallpapers for my computer every now and then, that is if they can keep with some of their concepts. But other than that, yeah, it's pretty crazy for NCsoft .
    
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