It seems like NCSoft was quick to act in regards to their launch day jitters, as a new patch is set to go live today that will address the main queue blockage problem: private vendors refusing to log off, and simply setting up a player-made shop to avoid being booted from the game indefinitely.
The new patch sees to it that if you leave a private shop up for more than 30 minutes, you’ll automatically be logged out of the game.
This was a big problem for users who had school, work, or other obligations, as they were torn between either logging out, or leaving their computer on overnight setting up a fake shop, which only added to the problem! It’s nice to see NCSoft committed to Aion’s US release: and why shouldn’t they be? Early reports are coming in that Aion already has 3.5 million subscribers, so they’d better stay on their toes should more issues like this arise!
I can personally confirm on my server, US East-Marchutan, that there are no queues anymore (before the patch, I had them), and considerably less private shops scattered about capital cities.
[Update 9/27/09: I just got a queue last night to the tune of 45 minutes on US East-Marchutan, and multiple Gamer Limit community memebers are reporting the same thing. While they may not be as long as the seven hour queues on launch day, there'll still there]