NCSoft Announces Aion 2, Blade & Soul 2 and Other Mobile Games

Nexon’s annual NC Media Day had a whole lot of things to unveil ahead of the upcoming G-Star 2018, and almost all of those reveals were brand new mobile games based on the company’s established IPs. We can now confirm the upcoming arrival of Aion 2, Blade & Soul 2, and no small number of additional mobile titles.

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Aion 2 takes place 900 years before the events of the first game and focuses on the arrival of dimensional cracks. These are more than just story device — they’ll actually will let players from other servers come together for large-scale PvP.

Aion 2 will also be lifting the PC version’s restrictions on gliding, which opens up what they call a “three-dimensional battle system.” The game will also let players wield different weapons without the constraints of class choice.

Blade & Soul 2, meanwhile, takes place years after the events of the PC game, where the characters from that title have passed into legend. Nexon touted smarter enemy AI and new ways of interacting with NPCs, as well as the removal of the faction system in order to build a “free community.”

NCSoft also unveiled Blade & Soul M, a mobile edition of the original PC game; Blade & Soul S, a super-deformed variation of the original game with character collection and open-world combat; and Lineage 2M, a massive MMOARPG with 100 million square meters of land to explore.

There are a lot of details and videos to take in, so be sure to head to the source link for some more in-depth coverage.

Our Thoughts

Well, these title announcements will either be of interest to fans of the IPs in question, or will be another mobile-shaped slap in the face. Though considering the way people have taken to the reveal of Diablo Immortal, we suspect it’ll primarily be the latter.

Source: MMO Culture

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NCSoft Posts Job for Next-Generation Aion MMORPG

It appears that NCSoft isn’t the reaper of MMO souls many would like to think it is. At least as far as its Korean market is concerned. Case in point; a new job posting by the company which seem to hint at some next-generation Aion MMO, or at least something based on the Aion universe.

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According to the posting, the company is seeking an animator to work on some undetermined new project based on the Aion IP. As one would perhaps expect, the details of this job posting are pretty sparse on the specifics of what this project involves, but it does mention that the project is powered by Unreal Engine 4 and is intended to be “a next-generation console and PC MMORPG.”

This new job posting could have connections to a January 2017 rumor of a direct sequel to Aion, though bear in mind that was an assumption that was reached thanks to the project’s codename of “A2”, a project that was in the planning stages at the time of the initial rumor in question.

That said, a year between planning and hiring an animator for characters and monsters of the project could certainly fit the timeline of development. The iron may also be hot for a sequel to Aion; bear in mind that NCSoft’s Q1 report saw the game’s sales jump by 48% as a result in a monetization scheme adjustment.

Our Thoughts

By our admission, there are a few stretches in this logic regarding this all leading into an Aion 2 and there’s even less chance that any of this will mean anything to Western players of Aion. All the same, we are curious to learn just what this “next-generation” form of Aion will end up being one way or the other, so we’ll just have to wait and see.

Source: MMO Culture

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