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!