One of the hot new games on the horizon is NCSoft's Aion. While it may be running in the same MMO formula, it does show off some nice visuals. I am tiring of the idea that battles are a mob standing in the centre of a bunch of players, with its animation playing in the MMOs. I would like to see the mobs behave more like other players in PVP, at least they should move, exploit terrain, fall back, work together and behave like the creatures/intelligences that they are.
Anyhow, moving on Aion is looking beautiful as these video show, not just from a cinematic/style perspective, but the effects-laden ingame visuals are looking dynamic and flashy as well.
Plenty of this style comes from concept work - some of which is on the Aion site for us. Here we can see the landscapes are to be as vibrant as the characters, much like a console button-mash fighter game actually. I like the atmosphere shown here - trying to show that the world/s are exciting places to be in
[Aion concept images via the official site]
The characters are perhaps the main focus of the game, they are versions of pretty standard classes, but seem to bring enough novely to them to lure people in. These images show off the features of the game through its characters in a more posed way - very cool work.
[Aion promo images via the official site]