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Aion joins the march towards free-to-play MMO gaming

NCSoft's big fantasy title goes free-to-play in 2012

NCSoft's epic fantasy MMO Aion has become the latest big online title to ditch the subscription model and go free-to-play.

From February 2012 Aion will join the likes of Age of Conan, DC Universe Online and its comic-book stablemate City of Heroes in becoming free-to-play.

The European relaunch will be conducted in partnership with German-based MMO publisher Gameforge and will begin with the UK, France and Germany.

NCSoft hope that the free-to-play launch and partnership with Gameforge will help introduce more players to the massive world of Atreia which has expanded steadily since Aion launched in 2009.