Fed up of hearing about Aion rather than playing it or maybe you got too addicted during closed beta? The retail release of Aion in Europe and North America is starting in 23 days, but there will be an open beta for everyone to participate in.
The open beta will run from the 6th to the 13th of September, the level cap will remain at 30 but the client will be running at 1.5, which means all the new quests, instances, western changes are implemented.
The first thing you need to do is bookmark the server status page which will give you a count down to open beta as well as a retail release countdown. That page also gives server status, so you can tell what server is up or down if you are having issues logging in on the day.
Download the client and patching it prior to the beta starting is a must. The latest patch is quite large and the Ncsoft launcher does not have the fastest upload speed, so getting the client now is essential.
If you do not have the client yet you will need to download the whole program from FilePlanet or GamersHell. If you’d like to try an alternative source then you can also use the torrent file (via bit torrent / readme) that will be very active right now and most likely offer the fastest download speed.
If you already have the client from closed beta but do not wish to download the new client, you can download the new patch via torrent as well the Ncsoft launcher. The torrent will be a whole lot faster.
All you need to do now is secure a beta key, Fileplanet will be giving keys away so keep an eye on this page. If you pre-order Aion you will be guaranteed beta access.
That should be all you need for open beta. To give yourself a good head start why not check out my new player guide.