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Free 'Lineage II' Expansion Chronicle 5: Oath of Blood Launched

by Rainier on Sept. 7, 2006 @ 12:43 p.m. PDT

NCsoft has released Chronicle 5: Oath of Blood to Lineage II: The Chaotic Chronicle, its player-versus-player (PvP) MMO, in North America and Europe. The expansion is free to all Lineage II subscribers.

Chronicle 5 offers players both playable content and refinements of existing systems that make gameplay at every level more exciting. The Chronicle 5 content includes new hunting grounds, castles, clan halls and monsters. The changes to existing features are a result of feedback from Lineage II players, which Studio E&Gtm has used to revitalize multiple systems to appeal to new players and enrich the experience of veterans.

The sweeping systems changes mean that new and lower level players will progress faster. New items and other enhancements have been added to make the game more rewarding at those levels without sacrificing the challenge that Lineage II is known for. Additionally, the new Academy in the game’s clan system helps clan members rapidly train up and become powerful members much more quickly than before.

Highlighting the challenges for mid- and upper-level players is the addition of Rune and Schuttgart castles, plus several contestable clan halls that are ripe for the taking. In addition, there are many powerful beasts, like the maniacal Prince Frintezza, who controls an insanely scary monster called Scarlet von Halisha by playing an ornate organ in his lair, and the formidable Benom, who lurks in the depths of Rune castle.

In addition, revitalized PvP systems and an increased level cap give players of all classes the ability to be successful and even more to aspire to.

“I’m very excited about Chronicle 5 because it makes Lineage II easier to get into and overcoming later obstacles even more rewarding,” said Adam Davidson, the North American producer of Lineage II. “The changes in this expansion are major in terms of how you experience the game. Studio E&G has really been open to our community’s feedback and we’re pleased to be able to offer both tons of new content and these fundamental changes that make the game more accessible, while still holding great challenge for the elite players.”

Lineage II is currently available in a game time card package that includes a 60-day pre-paid Lineage II game time card and a game pack with the previous content expansions: Chronicle 1: Harbingers of Wartm; Chronicle 2: Age of Splendortm and Chronicle 3: Rise of Darknesstm and Chronicle 4: Scions of Destinytm. Stay tuned to http://www.plaync.com for an upcoming announcement about a new retail package for the Lineage II series.

The Lineage II 60-day game time card packages are available at North American retailers and at the NCsoft online store for an estimated street price of US$29.99.

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