Sunday, April 29, 2007

AsianMedia Looking for Distributors

A news from TMCnet entitled Wanted: Firms game enough to distribute Lineage II here says that AsianMedia is looking for distributors in Malaysia for the South-East Asian server of the ever-popular Lineage II by NCsoft.

To summarize other key points made:

                 



  • AsianMedia is expected to pump another few million US Dollars into gaming servers dedicated for the three countries (Malaysia, the Philippines and Singapore)

  • The game is expected to be commercially launched in July

  • It will be simultaneously launch in the three countries

  • South-East Asian gaming industry has some 12 million online gamers so far, and it is expected to go up to 20 million

  • Malaysian online gaming market is still small compared with that of other countries (my note: neighboring countries?)

  • Malaysian gaming industry is worth not more than U$20 million (RM68.4 million)

  • South-Korean gaming industry is worth at least U$10 million (RM3.42 million) a month

  • The cost of playing Lineage II-SEA will be lower than U$15 / month

  • Lineage II-SEA will be based on a pre-paid card business model



Read the full story by clicking here.


Friday, April 27, 2007

More about Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne - "1st Throne: The Kamael"

We all are hungry for more 1st Throne: The Kamael information, here are a few videos for you..


Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne
"1st Throne: The Kamael"

1st Throne: The Kamael - Background Quest



About 2000 years ago...

An ancient race called Kamael were separated from the land from which they came and was never to return. They tried to survived until the Awakening, when rumours of new lands, new continents were discovered. Since then, the race of Kamael initiated a series of communication with the rest of the world.



The head of the Kamael met with the representatives of the other races. They saw the military training of the Kamael and was convinced that this race will help put an end to the chaos in this world. One of the guests was particularly impressed with the great sword of one of the Kamael warriors and saw its power as like a magma erupting out of a volcano.



Another said that the female Kamael who was using a bow gun to hunt, caught his attention. He continued that perhaps they were the hidden ancient warriors of the old or maybe the ones seeking to escape a constrained fate, but what is certain is that they too were destined to, just as us, to make the future for ourselves.



Though we do not know what follows this appearance or discovery of the Kamael race, humanity must delay no longer the preparation to be ready for them even if it means following them toward hope and anticipation and even toward apprehension about the future.

* Translation by GameSoH. I re-worded the translation on a meaning-per-meaning basis.


Introduction of the Kamael race


The Making of 'The Kamael'


An interesting translation from GameSoH:

Now.. ive finished translating what the girl was saying and the makers.. and its very interesting...

I will write it all in full, but to summarise Kamael and other races will get to 'transform' into monsters at high levels..
There are also other things but long to explain


Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne - "Interlude"

Want to know more about Interlude? Itching to play in the upcoming Lineage II South-East Asia server? Or maybe you are still patching to Interlude? Here are a couple of videos that will surely help you before you login to the new expansion to Lineage II.


Features of Interlude


New 1-vs-1 and Party-vs-Party Duel System


The New Island - Primeval Isle


Interlude Weapons and Items


New Summons and Spells


The New Weapon Augmentation System


Monday, April 16, 2007

2 New Kamael Wallpapers

Two new wallpapers for the Lineage II fans, featuring the new playable race (as rumoured) and the name of Throne 1 - "The Kamael".


Size: 1280x1024 (if you need a different size, just drop me an email at Laibeus at Laibcoms dot com).

Get it here:
Girl;
Guy

Hope you like it!
Enjoy!!

Sunday, April 15, 2007

NCsoft Launches New Era in Lineage II

Interlude debuts Lineage II Chaotic Throne chapter; Introduces dinosaurs and new dueling system

AUSTIN, Texas, April 14, 2007 — NCsoft® today announced the release of Interlude, an expansion to the massively multiplayer online PC game Lineage® II in North America and Europe. 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’m very excited about what Interlude offers,” said Adam Davidson, the North American producer of Lineage II. “It introduces elements of the game’s next evolution, The Chaotic Throne, as well as unleashing dinosaurs. Who doesn’t like taking on a T-Rex? Interlude also demonstrates the open-ended nature of Lineage II and shows off NCsoft’s ability to deliver features that give the game its signature depth and never-ending challenges.”

Interlude also marks the three-year anniversary for this franchise in North America, where it has been steadily growing and reached a platinum status in November of last year.

Lineage II is available at North American retailers in The Epic Collection edition, which includes the original game plus all five expansions in one box, and at the PlayNC® online store for an estimated street price of US$29.99. To purchase the game or other Lineage II merchandise, go to the PlayNC store at: https://store.plaync.com.

For more information about Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne, go to: http://www.lineage2.com.

The game is rated Teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

About NCsoft
NCsoft North America is headquartered in Austin, Texas and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Korea-based NCsoft Corporation. NCsoft, with its own development and publishing offices in Texas and California, also works with other NCsoft subsidiaries and third party developers throughout North America to develop and publish innovative online entertainment software products. The company has successfully launched multiple online titles in the last three years and continues to support its franchises that include Lineage®/Lineage II, City of Heroes®/City of Villains®, Guild Wars®/Guild Wars Factions™/Guild Wars Nightfall™ and Auto Assault. More information about NCsoft can be found at http://www.plaync.com.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Lineage II: The Kamael - The 1st Throne

This April 11, 2007 Wednesday, Korean Time, Throne 1: The Kamael will be released on the Korean Public Test Servers. The Kamael is the first "Throne" for Lineage II's Saga 2: The Chaotic Throne. If you are confused, you can read my earlier post about it by clicking HERE.

The difference with Interlude? Simple:



Sage 2: The Chaotic Throne

  • Interlude

  • Throne 1: The Kamael



Clear? Good. Well there is not much info about The Kamael except that this will be the chapter (if you will) wherein they will introduce the new race for the game. If you watched the Interlude CG Movie, then you've notice the one-winged being at the last part of the movie - that's the new race.

This was confirmed, or rather, mentioned by a Lineage II developer from the interview The Making of Interlude, where Mr. Developer said that they listened to the suggestions of the players.

Discussions on the US Lineage II boards goes on that the developers tried to make the "Giants" race playable but the balancing issues it will introduce outweighs the game's stabilitity and fun, so there will be only one race.

In that interview, they also mentioned about inter-server warfare. Though not confirmed, it is rumoured that the said feature will be included with Throne 1. There is another feature waiting to be implemented - the "Fortresses" and is also rumoured to be included with Throne 1. Not much info is available except that it will be used for later Throne expansions, maybe, just maybe, it is related with the inter-server warfare feature or... drum rolls please...

The "National Wars" as D34dly refers to it. To explain, it is a feature wherein different Lineage II regions will be able to compete with each other, so it will be L2-US vs L2-EU vs L2-SEA vs L2-KR vs L2-JP vs L2-CN and so on.

But here's another bit of info, while there will be a new playable race, there will also be a new non-playable race. No one knows for sure if the "Kamael" race is the playable or non-playable race, but common notion is that the Kamael is the non-playable race, while... drum rolls again.... the "Garcia", the playable race.

Confusing? Yah. Let's just wait one more day (as of the time of this writing) to know the whole story. But before you go, hey, watch this teaser trailer of The Kamael - The 1st Throne.

Click Here, since it's in Korean, the closest translation is:


As for the translation of the flash it goes something like this:
-They tried to overthrow the gods
-And tragedy befell them for their ambition
-Now their forgotten "Wings of Desire" will shine upon the world
-On April 11th they will awaken


From Thirsty of L2-US Boards.

And here are some arts for you:
From Lineage II


From Lineage II


From Lineage II


From Lineage II


Saga 2: The Chaotic Throne is like Lineage III already, but a loyal Lineage II fan asked me if there is any truth about Lineage III, now that got me to thinking, and I have to research more about it.

Interlude Launch Events

Adventurers' Guides and Event Gatekeepers are back in the towns of Aden and Elmore to help new and veteran players experience Interlude.

From April 11 to 24, all players can take advantage of special event teleport locations, and characters under level 25 can receive special weapons for no charge from April 11 to May 8.


Event Gatekeepers

Speak to the special Event Gatekeepers in the towns of Aden and Elmore to teleport to nearby hunting grounds for a discounted price.

Adventurers' Guides

The Adventurers' Guides are stationed in Gludin Village, the Town of Gludio, and the starting villages to assist new players.

If you are a character level 6 or above, you can acquire a special novice adventurer's weapon. Speak with the Adventurers' Guide to receive an exchange certificate for the special weapon. Speak to her again to choose your weapon, and you can exchange for a different weapon of the same level at any time.

Any character with a PK count of one or more is not eligible to receive a certificate.

Apprentice Adventurer's Items

Name P. Atk M. Atk Grade Type
Apprentice Adventurer's Staff 23 22 No Grade Blunt
Apprentice Adventurer's Bone Club 24 17 No Grade Blunt
Apprentice Adventurer's Knife 21 17 No Grade Dagger
Apprentice Adventurer's Cestus 29 17 No Grade Fist
Apprentice Adventurer's Bow 49 17 No Grade Bow
Apprentice Adventurer's Long Sword 24 17 No Grade Sword

At level 20, you can acquire the special traveler's weapon after completing your first class transfer. Talk to the Adventurers' Guide to obtain the exchange certificate for the traveler's weapon. Speak to her again to choose your weapon, and you can exchange for a different weapon of the same level at any time.

Traveler's Items

Name P. Atk M. Atk Grade Type
Traveler's Mace 41 43 D Grade Blunt
Traveler's Dark Elven Bow 105 32 D Grade Bow
Traveler's Long Bow 105 32 D Grade Bow
Traveler's Staff 50 43 D Grade Blunt
Traveler's Bastard Sword 51 32 D Grade Sword
Traveler's Spellbook 41 43 D Grade Etc
Traveler's Jamadhar 62 32 D Grade Fist
Traveler's Tomahawk 51 32 D Grade Blunt
Traveler's Poniard Dagger 45 32 D Grade Dagger
Traveler's Pike 51 32 D Grade Polearm

All of these weapons are not tradeable, so you cannot drop them, exchange them or store them. Be careful not to delete these weapons, because you cannot get a new one!

What is a new character?

If you have a number of characters between levels 6 and 24, the character that first reached level 6 is considered the new character on the account.

If any one of your characters is above level 25, you cannot participate in the Adventurers' Guide portion of the event.



Source: http://lineage2.com/archive/2007/04/interlude_3.html

Friday, April 06, 2007

Original Lineage Game Grows Even Larger with Latest Free Content Update from NCsoft

New maps and skills, player choices and advancement among the numerous updates in Episode 5, Temple of Shadows


AUSTIN, Texas, March 29, 2007
—NCsoft® today announced the release of Episode 5, Temple of Shadows™, the latest free content update to its North American Lineage® service. The release is the latest for the original Lineage game, now nearly a decade old, which continues its leadership position in the online computer games space with a worldwide customer reach of more than 50-million people.

In Temple of Shadows, players will see nearly 450 megabytes of new content including a first look at the Dark Elf controlled, Lastabad corridor. The Lastabad, a complex, maze-like dungeon, will provide a formidable test for all players who must resolve its puzzling turns and time-locked doors while fighting hordes of Dark Elves. Failure to navigate the maze in the allotted time teleports the player back to square one to begin again.


Other maps include the self-titled Temple of Shadows where “Karma,” a new type of gameplay will be introduced. Earning Karma gets players to higher levels of the Temple and unlocks more quests and craftable items.

Want to make a Lineage fashion statement? The earring is a new wearable introduced in Temple of Shadows. It can be secured by players who participate in a three-week event that will kick off the Lineage, Episode 5 launch. The best earrings can be earned by those who take part in the entire event. And having one will open up new doors in the areas of character customization and stat building.

Additional features introduced in Temple of Shadows include new morphs and skills and new monsters to summon during combat including the Lava Golem, Dire Bear and Cockatrice.

Lineage is currently available via download at http://www.lineage.com at a cost of US$9.99. That price includes a serial code for account activation and seven days of game time. After that, a subscription of US$15 per month is required to continue playing. Customers can save money by purchasing four months in a single transaction at a rate of US$11.25 per month.

About NCsoft Corporation
Headquartered in Seoul, South Korea, NCsoft Corporation is the world’s leading developer and publisher of online games. Founded in 1997, NCsoft is home to Lineage, the world’s most successful online role playing game and also to Lineage II, City of Heroes® and City of Villains®, Guild Wars®, Guild Wars Factions™, Guild Wars Nightfall™ and Auto Assault®. In coming months, NCsoft is poised to launch other massively multiplayer titles including Tabula Rasa™ and Aion™ in addition to various casual games via its game portal, PlayNC. NCsoft has offices in North America, the United Kingdom, Japan, Taiwan, China and Thailand. In fiscal year 2006, NCsoft posted revenues of KRW 338.7 billion. For more information about NCsoft visit http://www.PlayNC.com.

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Interlude Launch Details

The Chaotic Throne is nearly upon us! The current estimated maintenance period for the launch of Interlude is 8:00 AM CDT to 2:00 PM CDT on Wednesday, April 11.


During the server downtime for the launch of Interlude, your character will be moved to the nearest village. Additionally, the following event items will be removed:


  • All Heart Pieces (Change of Heart)

  • Squash Seed (Fall Harvest)

  • Large Squash Seed (Fall Harvest)

  • Pollen (Fall Harvest)

  • Event Medal (Heavy Medal)

  • Glittering Event Medal (Heavy Medal)

  • Bead Ornament (Tis the Season)

  • Star Ornament (Tis the Season)

  • Fir Tree Branch (Tis the Season)

  • Flower Pot (Tis the Season)



The replays you created in Chronicle 5: Oath of Blood will not be compatible with Interlude and can only be viewed in the Chronicle 5 game client. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

More details about downloading Interlude will be available on launch day. Thank you for being a part of the Chaotic Chronicle, and we welcome you to the Chaotic Throne.

Chaos on the Test Server

Chaos runs amok next week on the Interlude test server. Join the Lineage II team on the Public Test Server on April 10 to celebrate the end of the Chaotic Chronicle and the dawn of a new era. We hope to see you there!