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NCsoft Launches 'Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle' Expansion

by Judy on Dec. 8, 2004 @ 9:39 a.m. PST

NCsoft today announced the release of an extensive expansion for its MMORPG Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle. The expansion, Chronicle 2: Age of Splendor, includes more than 500 megabytes of new features adding three new zones, wondrous underwater areas, rideable mounts, new monsters, items and spells as well as an in-game gambling system consisting of a racetrack, throwing dice and a lottery.

Lineage II, which has a worldwide following among player-versus-player fans, is noted for the exceptional beauty of its 3D environments. With the release of Chronicle 2, players will experience more adventures with fantastic scenery inhabited by an array of challenging new monsters. The three new game environments include Innadril, an aquatic area with the breathtaking floating city of Heine and a new castle available for players to siege. The Giran region is where Devil’s Isle can be found. Those players who venture into Devil’s Isle may run into the swashbuckling pirate vampire, Zaken. Also, in the Aden region, the Tower of Insolence is where the giant beast, Baium, calls home. Players must coordinate their efforts in groups and fight their way to the top of this massive tower, where the showdown with Baium takes place.

The stunning underwater regions included in Chronicle 2 will provide a matchless challenge for players as the waters are home to a variety of creatures, including stinging jellyfish and hungry sharks that can cause no end of mayhem to those who enter the depths. In these regions, players can swim through and explore new and existing bodies of water, where underwater pathways and chambers lead to new quests and challenges.

To take a break from castle sieges and battling monsters, Chronicle 2 introduces a full-scale gambling system that is unique to the online gaming industry. The gambling system includes a race track that, instead of horses, has various monsters racing against each other. Players can wager in-game money called “adena” on the monster they think will win. Dice games are now available, and a regularly scheduled lottery will take place where players buy a ticket, pick numbers and hope they win a pot of adena.

“The depth of this game is staggering and it should be a treat to our fans who consider themselves the elite player-versus-player gamers,” said Aaron Rigby, NCsoft’s producer for Lineage II in North America. “This is a gigantic expansion of the game which, along with the new zones, castle and gambling, includes 18 new quests, 83 new raid monsters, enhancements to clan halls, new weapons, spells and countless improvements to player quality of life. What we’ve added to Chronicle 2 provides players with a very rich, deep experience that makes for a fun online adventure.”

Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle is available at most major North American computer game outlets in CD-ROM format for only $29.99, and a recently released Collector’s DVD Edition for $39.99. The DVD Edition contains the Chronicle 1 update, a limited edition 3D Paper Elf figurine, a Prima Beginner’s Guide, trailers and an updated map. Both boxes include the first month of online play. After the first month, players will be charged a monthly subscription fee of US$14.95. Sixty-day game time cards are also available at many North American retailers for a suggested retail price of US$29.99. The game is rated Teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.

The update is free to all Lineage II subscribers via automatic download.

For more information go to the official Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle website.

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