WC: Can players multi-class their characters? If not, why not?
While players cannot multi-class their characters in the classic sense, the new Stigma system will allow players to "socket" individual skills from other classes. This will give, for example, a Spiritmaster the ability to swing a sword and run faster or a Gladiator to move invisibly and cast fire-based spells. As with any situation where proficiency is gained artificially and not naturally learned, Stigma skills will not be as effective as skills used by a member of the appropriate class.
WC: You list PvPvE on the site. What exactly does this mean? Do PvP and PvE battles occur simultaneously in the same areas of the world?
PvPvE is an acronym for Player versus Player versus Environment and the definition is just what the name implies. Imagine you are an Asmodian Ranger battling against an Elyos Chanter. A wandering group of NPC Asmodians pass through the area and "see" the battle. Depending on how the battle is progressing, there is a high likelihood the NPCs will join you in battle against the common faction foe. If the wandering group is composed of Balaur, there is the potential they will engage both parties. Battles of this sort can take place at any time in the zones where PvP combat can occur.
WC: The new website (http://www.aiononline.com) has been utterly revamped. What other components will you be adding? Will there be a forum that developers will regularly visit?
The US site has been redesigned and will see loads of improvements in coming months.
The decision of whether to host forums on the official site or to recognize a fan site as hosting Aion's official message boards has not been reached yet. Until that decision has been made, US and EU Community staff have been known to frequent a number of fan site forums and media portal message boards.
WC: Please add anything else you wish the community to know.
If you are at all interested in taking a look at Aion this year, do whatever you can to attend the Penny Arcade Expo in Seattle from 29 through 31 August. It's going to be a big event and we hope to see you there.