PlayNC released a press release today announcing a new content expansion for their fantasy MMO, [i]Lineage[/i]. According to the release, the free download will provide ?one of largest updates to the game world to date,? and should add ?significant enhancements to the new player experience.?
The release went on to add that the [i]Lineage[/i] game client software is available as a free download on their [a]http://www.lineage.com[aa]web site[/a] and carries a 7-day free trial period for those wishing to try the game for themselves (subscription fees are $15/month thereafter).
The entire text of the press release is copied below:
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 11, 2006-NCsoft North America today announced the
release of Episode IV: “History and Memory,” the latest content
expansion for North American subscribers to the original Lineage
massively multiplayer online (MMO) PC game. This expansion provides
subscribers with 230 megabytes of new geographical locations to explore,
an enhanced new player experience, plus additional mage and elven magic
spells. Episode IV is free to all current Lineage subscribers.
One of the key new areas added in Episode IV is Pirate Island. Accessed
from a hidden dock, players will explore a tropical island in search of
treasure and adventure, battling skeletal pirates, giant parrots, and
trying to find and tame a rare raccoon with magical powers. Players may
also hunt beneath the waves of the formidable Abyss Lake, a dangerous
yet profitable new zone that promises a higher difficulty level of play
over existing underwater zones. Both Pirate Island and Abyss Lake lead
to another new zone, the Elemental Ruins, where players will face
various ghost-like monsters and other bizarre creatures.
In addition to new locations, monsters, items and spells, Episode IV
brings significant enhancements to the new player experience. New
players now begin with a Talking Scroll in their inventory. Clicking it
will give players key information about the game that was previously
more difficult to come by. Those who turn this special beginner’s scroll
to the correct non-player character in a new player zone will receive
enough armor, weaponry and money to jump directly into combat instead of
training to level 5 before adventuring outside of town.
Lineage is currently available via free download at
http://www.lineage.com. Lineage comes with a 7-day free trial period.
After that, a subscription of US$15 per month is required to continue
playing. Customers can save money by purchasing four months in a single
transaction at a rate of US$11.25 per month. [/i]