NCsoft Launches New Era in Lineage II
Interlude debuts Lineage II Chaotic Throne chapter introducing dinosaurs and new dueling system
Thursday 12th April/...NCsoft® Europe today announced the release of Interlude, an expansion to the massively multiplayer online PC game Lineage® II in Europe and North America. Interlude is the next step in the evolution of Lineage II, forming a bridge between The Chaotic Chronicle and the game's next chapter, The Chaotic Throne. The Interlude expansion is free to all current Lineage II subscribers.
Lineage II, the gaming market's premier player-versus-player (PvP) massively multiplayer online game, has reached more than 17 million players worldwide since its launch in late 2003.
The Interlude expansion offers a variety of new challenges to players, including the new Primeval Isle, which is home to many new creatures making their first appearance in Lineage II. These include Wild Striders, Pachycephalosaurus and the deadly and powerful Tyrannosaurus Rex. Primeval Isle is a lush and beautiful zone, but in the tradition of Lineage II, offers tough tests and is not a zone for those unwilling to take on great challenges. Mastering the beasts on Primeval Isle will require strategy and teamwork from players and clan members.
Enhanced single-player elements such as the new dueling system will enable players to challenge friends to one-on-one fights or party-versus-party battles. By dueling, players can understand the nuances of their character better than they ever have before. In addition, there are no penalties for defeat in Lineage II's dueling system, so players are free to let loose and test their mettle.
Also available for mid to high-level players are more than 150 new bonuses to enhance and customize weapons. Lower level players can take advantage of the new Shadow Weapons, a "try before you buy" service offered by the village weapon vendors. This new feature makes weapon selection more effective and simple.
"I am really excited about this next stage in the evolution of Lineage II," said Mirko Gozzo, European Product Manager of Lineage II. "Interlude introduces exciting new elements to the world of Lineage II and teases players as to what is to come in The Chaotic Throne. Plus, we have an entire island of dinosaurs to hunt - what is their not to like? Interlude once again demonstrates NCsoft's commitment to providing players with regular fresh content and sizeable challenges for both new and experienced players."
To coincide with the launch of Interlude, NCsoft Europe is launching an updated retail version of the game. Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne - Interlude retail box will contain an additional 15 day time card; an ideal solution for players without a credit card and increasing free play up to 45 days. For players who have yet to experience the challenge of Lineage II, the Interlude trial is available for download on the brand new European teaser site - http://eu.lineage2.com
About NCsoft Europe
NCsoft Europe (NC-E) is headquartered in Brighton, England and is part of Korea-based NCsoft Corporation, the world's leading developer and publisher of online games. NCsoft has already successfully established itself in North America, Japan, Taiwan, China and Thailand. NC-E 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. NC-E launched Lineage® II in November 2004, City of Heroes® on 4th February 2005, Guild Wars on 28th April 2005, City of Villains® on 31st October 2005, Auto Assault® on 13th April 2006, Guild Wars Factions on 28th April 2006 and Guild Wars Nightfall on 27th October 2006. More information about NCsoft Europe can be found at http://eu.plaync.com.
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