Friday 26th September - Brighton, UK/... NCsoft®, the world’s leading publisher and developer of online games, is delighted to announce the success of the stunning free update for its award winning MMORPG Lineage® II: The Chaotic Throne http://www.discoverlineage2.com. Feedback has been overwhelmingly positive for the Gracia update, with the record for concurrent users on EU servers now broken for six weeks running. At the same time, the number of new characters created has risen substantially alongside daily raid figures. The changes brought to the game mechanics have satisfied and pleased both newcomers and existing players.
Gracia features a new vitality system which radically accelerates the rate at which players can level up their characters. Before this update it took an average player one week to achieve 1st class transfer; players can now reach it within one day. Gracia has also introduced a range of additional benefits such as free teleports and special buffs, new skills, innovation within the crafting system, and new and challenging instanced dungeons.
“We are very pleased with the feedback we've received so far for Gracia,” commented Christian-Peter Heimbach, European Product Manager of Lineage II at NCsoft Europe. “We were expecting Gracia to signal a huge change for Lineage II, but the increase in new players as well as a new record for concurrent users was still fantastic to see. Furthermore, the feedback for the new raiding areas in Lineage II is terrific. We're thrilled to see players taking another look at what Lineage II has to offer. Our war isn’t coming; it’s getting better every time."
The Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne – Gracia retail box has been available since the 19th September 2008 across stores in Europe, and can also be downloaded from www.plaync.com now. The game is rated 12+ by PEGI http://www.pegionline.eu.
About NCsoft Europe
NCsoft Europe (NCE) is headquartered in Brighton, United Kingdom and is wholly-owned subsidiary of Korea-based NCsoft Corporation, the world's leading developer and publisher of online games. NCsoft operates publishing offices within North America, Japan, Taiwan, China and Thailand and has development studios in Seattle, Austin, California (North America) and Seoul (Korea). NCE recently announced the formation of the first European development studio, based within the UK.
NCE began operations on 1st September 2004 and serves as a central hub for all NCsoft sales, marketing and distribution operations in Europe, via its European distribution network. The company has successfully launched multiple online titles and continues to support its franchises, which include Lineage II (November 2004), City of Heroes® (4th February 2005), Guild Wars® (28th April 2005), City of Villains™ (31st October 2005), Guild Wars Factions™ (28th April 2006), Guild Wars Nightfall™ (27th October 2006), Guild Wars: Eye of the North™ (31st August 2007) and Richard Garriott’s Tabula Rasa® (2nd November 2007). More information about NCsoft Europe can be found at http://eu.plaync.com.
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