Aion will be released in the west on September 22, 2009 (NA) and September 25, 2009 (EU) and things are looking good for the new NCsoft MMO. They just announced the always impressive number of 300,000 active pre-order subscriptions.

Although it's not something as fantastic as the numbers games like Age of Conan had - Funcom claimed 700,000 subscriptions at the beginning, but the game is now far from healthy - it may be proof of the times. With the financial crisis and the over saturated MMO market players are probably making more conscientious decisions.

And Aion is already a huge success in China and Korea, so it may actually have something to say in Europe and North America. If you're willing to try the Open Beta, here's the client.