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Aion 4.0 Reaching Europe, Aethertech Landing in Korea August 28th

Europe finally catches up with the rest of the world, and Korea is jumping two spaces forward. Give everyone else a chance to catch up, NCSoft.

European Aion fans who haven't migrated to the North American servers don't have long to wait until you can take the 4.0 patch for a test drive. GameForge will be releasing the patch, which has been announced to be equivalent to Korean 4.0.2, to the live servers on August 28th.

GameForge had initially announced that the patch would be reaching the public test server in June. Two months later and here we are; the PTS having gotten the update over the weekend and the live servers finally seeing it next week.

A delay is better than never seeing Aion 4.0 in Europe at all, right? Well, maybe. For you see..

Aethertech Class Landing in Korea in 4.5 Patch

.. EU really is behind.

The Aethertech has been toted as a Technist-based tank, with enough robot swag to make even the most jaded player excited. Unless you get to endgame and don't want to deal with the 3 day long instance cooldowns. (I don't..)

The Aethertech is coming in patch 4.5, and with it are:

  • Eight new instances
  • New pets
  • Four new hairstyles
  • Level 65 Abyss items
  • Potion conversion (to higher level potions)
  • Increased drop rates on low level instances
  • UI tweaks
  • Coin exchange (to higher tier coins)
  • New crafting designs
  • A whole slew of AP changes
  • New skills for every class

These are a lot of changes, especially for a x.5 patch and not an x.0. It is likely that North America will see Aion 4.5 by the end of the year, but it could be quite some time until European Aion players will be getting the Aethertech and all of these changes.

You have been waiting a long time to play the new classes and run around Katalam, European players! Just one more week to go, but with being so behind and with the gap between Korean and European updates growing even more wide, is it really worth it to hang around GameForge's Aion? That is a tough question.

Published Aug. 19th 2013

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