I had to break this Aion discussion down into two parts simply because there's so much to talk about. So, I figured I'd give you the bad news first. The good news - that this game is actually really, really good once you make it through the queues and get in to play - will come later in the week. In fact, today's post is more of a rant than anything, so bear with me while I bitch and moan at one of the best MMO developers in the business today.
Alright, here's the deal. Aion had 400,000 pre-orders (not sure if this was just in North America or what). NCSoft wouldn't stop talking about this last week…it was all over the place - on news sites, on their Twitter feeds, on their own sites, everywhere. So, logic would dictate that they be prepared with the server strength and bandwidth, as well as in-game mechanics (channels, or instances) to support at least the majority of that number. Unfortunately, NCSoft's "Foresight Department" failed on Sunday and Monday during the pre-launch head-start event..."