Nope, this is not about AIKA Epic 2, but rather the state of the game in both North America and Europe. Just a week ago, the North American server, published by gPotato, announced the unbanning of IP for European players. Just hours ago, the “global” English server, hosted by T3Fun, revealed that IPs from North America will now be unblocked as well.
Why the sudden unbanning of IPs between the 2 regions? I am not really sure how the contracts were drafted out, but I believe it is the first time I have seen such an open “fight”. Strangely enough, T3Fun is the English MMO portal for Korean MMO bigwig, Hanbitsoft, which hosts AIKA Korea. There can only be a few things which led to this current situation – One being lack of players, the other being lack of sales.
As a member of the OnRPG forums, a “supposed” representative of T3Fun posted this just a few minutes ago, citing his or her surprise at gPotato’s announcement.
Will players be drawn to the game seeing this cat-fight? Will players now switch over to the other servers? A 3rd English server published by Asiasoft Online, providing for the Southeast Asia gamers, will only open in the summer.
My personal thoughts of the game? I have played it until level 40+ previously, and I thought the game was rather bland. Well, not a few years back, but currently, there are just better point n’ click F2P MMOs out in the market. And not to mention the rise of action MMOs, all 3 versions of AIKA will have a hard time drawing players. And another point to note, there are 5 nations in the game players can choose, further separating the already limited pool of AIKA players. Well, to each his own, I for one will not tempted to return, even if Epic 2 is implemented.