On the 28th February, Aion to a free-to-play subscription model and in the weeks since the move, the MMO enjoyed a surge of over 750,000 new registered users. Publisher Gameforge estimates 20,000 new accounts arrive every day.
The MMO has also enjoyed a raise in active daily users. The figures show that the game enjoys five times as many active users than it did just before the switch to FTP.
This has caused Gameforge to reconsider its policy regarding MMOs. According to Gameforge CEO Alexander Rosner, “With the successful launch of the AAA title Aion, Gameforge has heralded the start of a new era for it’s free-to-play sector. Further AAA titles will follow in the coming months."
Aion had already been a hit in Asian markets thanks to NCsoft's managing of it overseas.
The next step for Aion is the major 3.0 content update that will add a level cap increase, new regions and instances, a housing system and additional mounts.
Aion was released in 2009 and received a 7.5/10 score from Strategy Informer's .