Lineage was a fantasy MMORPG developed and published by NCSoft. Originally released in 1998, the game featured 2D isometric-overhead graphics, and according to NCSoft, had over 43 million players take part in the game.
Lineage's gameplay was centered around a medieval castle siege system that enabled owners to set tax rates and collect taxes on items purchased in stores within those cities. Character alignment largely determined how monsters and town guards reacted to the player's character, often turning hostile to chaotic players and attacking on sight. The game had seven classes, including Elf, Dark Elf, Knight, Prince/Princess, Magician, Dragon Knight, and Illusionist.
PvP was a huge part of Lineage. PvP could occur anywhere outside of "safe zones." By joining a "bloodpledge", or guild, players became eligible to engage in castle sieges or wars between guilds.
Lineage's North American servers were shut down in June of 2011.
According to a report at Kotaku, a 64-year-old Korean woman tried to sue NCSoft for a reported $28,000 when she "lost" an ultra rare sword through a botched enchantment. When she notified Lineage game masters and, later, NCSoft of the issue, restoration of the item was refused, hence the lawsuit.
With Lineage bowing out of the North American market later this year, MMORPG.com quiz master Drew Wood formulated this week's brain teaser around the venerable old gal herself. See how well you know Lineage and then report back with your results!
According to a new post from NCSoft on the Lineage site, the North American game servers will be closing permanently on June 29, 2011. NCSoft indicates that the 'franchise is no longer profitable', hence the server closure.
NCSoft has reminded players that 2011 marks the 10th anniversary of Lineage. The team has lots of special events that will lead up to the actual 'birthday' in October including contests, giveaways and players will be given a special in-game gift as well.
MMORPG.com's Industry Relations Manager Garrett Fuller recently had the opportunity to ask Lineage Producer, Yun Tae, a few questions about the new Tikal and Antharas update. Give it a read and then let us know what you think in the forums!
NCSoft and the Lineage development team have announced that the Tikal and Antharas update is now live. The update brings new quests, dungeons and enemies into the game. To celebrate the new update, a reactivation campaign will run from November 10-24, 2010. Returning players will be able to play for free during the campaign.
Lineage has been updated recently with 'Crack of Time'. The update brings along two new character classes, additional character slots, a new instanced dungeon and an overhauled new player experience. NCSoft and Lineage I/II devs will be on hand at this year's PAX in Seattle, WA and are inviting fans to stop by to say hi.
NCSoft has announced that Season 3, Episode 1 "Crack of Time" will debut on July 29th on the public test server. Crack of Time will feature new classes, a new dungeon and overhauled content.
Episode U is the latest update to hit the venerable NCsoft MMORPG Lineage. Episode U fine tunes a decades worth of Lineage content, while also introducing new content, including: new zones, new boss encounters, Pet Racing and Death Match mini-games, and tons of new quests.
NCsoft has announced the Global Lineage Christmas Event. The event, which runs from December 23rd to January 6th, 2010 will allow players to take on the guise of Santa Claus and ride a Rudolph mount. While riding the mount, players will receive a new gift every 15 minutes which will appear directly in their inventory.