NCsoft West takes us on a video tour of the expansive Altgard zone from their upcoming massively multiplayer online game Aion: The Tower of Eternity.

Watching the video I can begin to see why fans have latched onto the game with such utter devotion. The damn game looks absolutely gorgeous...definitely a step or two above your average massively multiplayer Korean import. These are definitely places I'd like to get killed in, and with every location in the video residing in just one zone, I can only imagine what other sights await western gamers once the game sees release this fall.

Check out a full description of the Altgard zone below in order to get a better idea of what exactly it is you are looking at.

Altgard

Altgard is a place of extremes, from the Altgard Ice Lake, where the Archon Daevas defend the beautiful Altgard Fortress, which juts out of the ice like a bizarre skeleton, to the lush Moslan Forest, teeming with life. But throughout the region, a clear, brittle light is given by the strange phosphorescent plants that have evolved over the centuries since the Cataclysm.

In Asmodae it is very apparent just how much the modern Humans and Daevas live amongst the ruins of the ancient civilizations that once thrived there, and Altgard is no exception. Impetusium, once an arena, and Urutemheim, built as a monument to heroes long-forgotten, stand as imposing memorials of what once was.

Meanwhile, the Black Claw Mau, a race of fierce cat-warriors, continue to encroach on Asmodian territory, defending their villages and their most sacred places wth a terrifying vehemence.