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NCsoft Launches First Update to 'Lineage II'

by Rainier on June 29, 2004 @ 8:48 a.m. PDT

NCsoft Corporation today released the first major update to it's acclaimed massively multiplayer online game Lineage? II: The Chaotic Chronicle. The update, Chronicle 1: Harbingers of War, adds stirring castle sieges, new fierce monsters, items and quests, and a significantly expanded 3D world. The update is free to all Lineage II subscribers via automatic download.

Building on the game's player-versus-player focus and the most anticipated feature of Chronicle 1 for current Lineage II fans is the large-scale castle siege. Each server will have five new castles available for conquest, which can be controlled for two weeks. After this time, competitive clans and alliances can prepare themselves for another siege. Several hundred players can take part in the sieges, which feature sword battles, archery attacks, dazzling magic and Siege Golems, huge creatures that can be summoned to knock down castle walls. Once a castle is captured, a player can become the castle lord and hire mercenaries, collect taxes and upgrade the castle against future sieges.

Among the many new quests available to players is the Dragon's Cave quest, which results in a showdown with the massive Earth Dragon, Antharas. Besides having a nasty disposition and fearsome breath, Antharas has the ability to control a player?s actions, so it will take a host of coordinated players to take down this tough new resident in Lineage II's world. Many of the new quests in Chronicle 1 are designed to challenge higher level players, in particular.

Also featured in Chronicle 1 are dozens of new weapons and skills for players to obtain. There will be clan housing, where clans can bid on clan halls through an in-game auction system. Additionally, player and creature movement speeds have been increased and new player-versus-player arenas have been created. The 3D game world itself has been expanded, with many of the new areas dedicated to upper level quests and challenges.

Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle is available at most major North American computer game retail outlets at a suggested retail price of US$49.99, which includes the first month of online game play. After the first month, players will be charged a monthly subscription fee of US$14.95. Sixty-day game time cards are also be 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.

More information about Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle can be found at http://www.lineage2.com/.

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