The month-long rifting experiment begun by NCsoft
in early December has apparently given the Aion
devs enough data to continue with a trial aimed at revisiting the decision
to nerf the PvP mechanic with last fall's 2.0 update. Players were recently asked to complete in-game surveys relating to the new changes (which boiled to down a removal of Heiron/Beluslan protections and changes to the large protective defender buffs), and NCsoft
reports that the majority of survey participants responded favorably to the change.
In a post on the official Aion
website, NCsoft says it will continue the rifting trial
"a few more weeks
," and the devs will also tweak lower level player protection in Morheim and Eltnen. Finally, a new player survey will be sent out and the rifting protections will be "restored to their previous levels
" while feedback is collected and analyzed.