Aion Ascension Details: Marketplace, Player Housing, XP Boost
Aion’s free-to-play move through Aion Ascension brings with it a few boons, including player housing, an XP boost, and, of course, a marketplace. In a recent interview with Massively, producer Adam Christensen offered details on these systems.
Christensen began by explaining what items would be available in the new Black Cloud Marketplace:
“The Black Cloud Marketplace will have items divided up into categories of Boosts, Style, Pets, Supply, and Convenience. There are subcategories for Style including Skins, Costumes, Dyes, Emotes, and Accessories. There are also subcategories for Supply, including Consumables and scrolls. As for space they will take up in a C.U.B.E., one example is our popular True White and True Black dyes; these dyes will take up a 2×2 spot in your C.U.B.E.”
The producer went on to detail the customizable player housing available to players starting at level 20:
“Everyone from level 20 and up will get access to a free “studio” space, which — as the name suggests — is a single room where Daevas can store their valuables and rest their heads. The larger houses don’t have the interior space divided up by default, but there are room partitions and large furniture pieces that players can use to subdivide the space as they prefer. We believe this gives players more flexibility to customize their houses. Additionally, the larger houses have exterior spaces that can also be decorated extensively.”
As great as player housing is, the good news doesn’t end there, because leveling will progress at a faster rate during certain events and in given areas:
“The XP rates were adjusted for 3.0, and the leveling overall will be faster in key areas through the new Aion experience; however, the XP rate adjustment that was referred to in the Rallying the Troops event referred to the boosts on the weekends through the duration of the event.”
Where do your loyalties lie? Guild Wars 2, or Aion Ascension? Can you spare the time for both?