Aion has been plagued with long queue times since launch.

On Friday night, when I first tried to start on Aion, I was stopped dead in my tracks by queues of one hour and more, for any server.   Not too much of a surprise; I’d already seen various complaints on forums and from friends on Twitter, and I had other games as backup – for instance, Trials HD on the 360!

I tried again on Saturday morning, and got in with no problems.  So one way to beat long queues is to jump on the game at a quiet time, such as 9am on Saturday morning. 🙂

How else do you beat long queues?  Don’t disconnect.

You have to leave and do real-world things eventually though, right? wings Hence the private stores, maintaining active connections for those who wander off variously through the day, but can’t be bothered taking their turn in the queue when they want to come back.  Great for them, but bad for those waiting in the queue, as these stores hog all the space on the servers.

So NCsoft applied an update to try and stop people abusing this feature.   The update limited people to 30 minutes of store-idling, at which point the user is booted, freeing up space on the server for somebody else.  Tweets on Saturday afternoon indicated this hadn’t helped too much though, with queue times still close to an hour.

Two new EU servers were added today.  Was it foolish to expect that maybe I’d be able to get in tonight without too much of a wait?

I guess so!  I went to join, and – three hours and 18 minutes queue time.

There’s no way of migrating your character yet – so nobody with an established character is going to go on the new servers as it would mean starting over.  New people aren’t going to go there if they think they’re going to be empty; most people want to go where other users are.. we’ll see if this gets better over the next few days..

In the meantime, I believe the Left 4 dead DLC hits tomorrow 😀

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