Posted Tue, Nov 01, 2011 by Martuk
With Lineage II: Goddess of Destruction, the game transition to a free-to-play model with no restricted zones, gear or classes. As players progress through the available 99 levels, they can choose to purchase vanity items and premium item packs from the in-game store that can provide a “significant” bonus to progression.
Check out the official press release after the break for more. Additional details are available on the Lineage II website.
Lineage® II Goddess of Destruction Launch Brings An Unequaled, Truly Free Gaming Experience
New business model and massive content update reinvigorates Lineage II
Seattle, WA – November 1, 2011 – NCsoft®, the world’s premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs), today reveals the details behind Lineage® II’s new business model which enables anyone to play the game truly free later this year. Coupled with Goddess of Destruction, the largest update to the game in its history – more than 400 hours of new content – Lineage II will offer players an unprecedented value unmatched in the entertainment industry.
Unique among MMO offerings in the west, Lineage II will be available to players completely free – there will be no restricted zones, no limited class selection and no gear stuck behind a pay wall. Players will enjoy a superior Lineage II gaming experience that features a new shared starting area along with new and redesigned zones. New game guides are available at key milestones of a character’s career to provide advice along with free booster packs to enable rapid progression.
As players make their journey from level 1-99, they will have the opportunity to buy supplemental in-game items and premium item packs from the L2 Store™ that provide significant bonuses and improvements to accelerate their character’s progression. Upon reaching level 85, players will experience the game’s all new classes, skills, bosses and zones that amplify epic castle sieges, arena-style battles and more, all for free.
“Launching Lineage II as a Truly Free player experience is a reflection of our vision to provide players with the most accessible business model for each of our titles,” said Matt Turetzky, Executive Vice President, NCsoft West. “You’ve seen with the recent release of City of Heroes Freedom and through our successful portfolio of games that we are capable of supporting multiple business models. Not only does the Lineage II Truly Free concept introduce yet another unique business model to the industry, but it provides players with a very enticing entry point to experience the exciting new content coming with the Goddess of Destruction update.”
The new Lineage II business model and Goddess of Destruction will launch together later this year. More information can be found here www.lineage2.com/truly-free.
NCsoft, headquartered in Seoul, Korea, is the world's premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games, including the critically acclaimed Aion®, Lineage®, Guild Wars®, and City of Heroes® franchises. Announced in August 2011, WildStar™ is the newest MMO being developed by internal team Carbine Studios. NCsoft West is a division of NCsoft that holds operating responsibilities for North America, Europe, South America, and Australia/New Zealand. More information can be found at http://www.ncsoft.com.
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