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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