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Official Site: Lineage
Studio: NCsoft
Launch Date: September 3, 1998 (US)
Sunset Date: June 29, 2011 (US; still in operation in Korea)
Genre: Isometric PvP Sandbox
Business Model: F2P (Cash Shop)
Platform: PC
See Also: Lineage II, Lineage Eternal

The MOP Up: ARK's console editions get a hair-do (March 26, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we have stories and videos from Destiny, Eternal CrusadeElder Scrolls LegendsHearthstonePokemon GoMU LegendLineage IIARKUltima OnlineSword of ShadowsGhost Recon WildlandsRagnarok OnlineHeroes and GeneralsElsword, and Dota 2, all waiting for you after the break!

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NCsoft rep says bringing City of Heroes toons to Master x Master was his 'passion project'

We've been speaking with NCsoft West off the record this week, agitating for publicly printable answers on the Master X Master decision to implement City of Heroes characters (to the loud outrage of disgruntled City of Heroes players). But apparently we won't have to, as some of the answers have been published today.

Lorehound quotes NCsoft MXM Brand Manager Sean Orlikowski as saying that adding Statesman to the MOBA was his personal "passion project for the last two years."

"I saw it as a way to incorporate a character from a beloved title into our universe. Myself and the producer for MXM were both big fans of City of Heroes (I was more on the CoV side, myself) and we worked together to make sure we got his skills, look, and even his VO right since he’d only ever been voiced for a single sentence of a single trailer in the past. The bottom line for me was that nearly all of NCSOFT’s properties were being represented in the game; Aion, Blade & Soul, Lineage II, WildStar, Guild Wars 2, even Death Knight from the original Lineage MMO are in the game. I wanted the West to have proper representation, so we started brainstorming ideas for Western characters to add to Rytlock and Mondo Zax who were already in development. I made the argument for Statesman because the MXM universe offered a way he could be prominent again, and the rest is history."

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Jukebox Heroes: Your favorite MMO themes, #18-13

Last week we were off to a great start as we listened to the first batch of player-voted favorite MMO themes. As I said then, the results of the voting, in which I asked players to nominate up to 10 of their favorite main themes from online games, were both predictable and surprising. Nostalgia and familiarity obviously play a strong role in many of these votes, but no one was asking for objectivity here!

Today we're going to continue our countdown to the top spot by looking at numbers 18 through 13 of your favorite MMO themes. I think there's a good mix here, perhaps with tunes that I would have placed a little higher, but overall it's gratifying to see each one of these make the list.

Enough jibber-jabber, let's get to it!

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The MOP Up: Wakfu hikes up a mountain (March 12, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we have stories and videos from Heroes and Generals, Faeria, City of HeroesLineage MArmored WarfareWakfuArk ParkDauntlessDark Age of CamelotOverwatchBlade and Soul: Table ArenaLeague of LegendsStrikers Edge, and Final Fantasy XI, all waiting for you after the break!

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Lineage II announces Grand Crusade update

The next major chapter of Lineage II's long-running story arc is set to arrive later this month, as NCsoft revealed the Grand Crusade update yesterday.

The free update will include more story quests, class updates, changes to the ability system, improvements to the faction system, a new monster card collection system, an increase to the Adena cap, and UI tweaks.

"Adventurers will be called upon to aid in the defense of the Keucereus Alliance Base, journey through the Mystic Tavern to witness Kain’s fateful fall from hero to Embryo apostle, lead the offensive into the Messiah Citadel, and embark on all-new Exalted Quests to reach even greater power and renown," the studio said.

Grand Crusade is set to arrive on March 29th. Check out its trailer below!

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Lineage 2 preps a brand-new EU server, asks players to vote on its name

For the first time in five years, Lineage 2 is opening up a brand-new server for its European community. The server, which is currently unnamed, will go live on March 21st for players who are looking for a fresh start.

"The new server will feature current Helios chronicles," the team reported. "The schedule for running key game features like castle sieges, clan hall auction, item auction, and olympiad will be announced later. As for the dimensional sieges and raids, we will watch the new server development and will go back to this subject in the future."

The team is holding a community-wide vote on a name for the new server. As is traditional, all Lineage 2 shards pull their names from in-game lore, and a dozen such titles have been nominated as voting candidates.

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Lineage 2: Revolution is officially coming to the west

Netmarble's mobile spin-off of the Lineage series will be officially coming to the west, the studio revealed at GDC this week.

Lineage II: Revolution launched in Korea in December 2016 and was found to be a pretty faithful version of Lineage II itself. There is no release date for the wider release, which will be rolled out globally.

Since its release, the mobile MMO has pulled in an impressive five million players. The title should be coming out on both iOS and Android and uses Unreal Engine 4 for its robust visuals. You can check out some footage of a raid fight in action from Lineage II: Revolution after the break!

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ARK: Survival Evolved rockets up Superdata's January revenue rankings

The latest Superdata Research report is in for the month of January 2017, and in addition to an increase of 9.8% of digital game sales, several online titles are sitting comfortably in the top 10.

One notable entry is the rise of ARK: Survival Evolved in the console chart to the number four spot. "Launching on PS4 in December, the game is an unusual standout on the AAA-publisher-heavy top 10 console list," the report noted. "In January, the game continued a rise as it becomes popular on the latest generation of platforms and took the number 4 slot, ahead of titles like Battlefield 1."

League of Legends, Dungeon Fighter Online, Overwatch, Lineage, Destiny, and Pokemon Go all made expected showings. World of Warcraft is also on the list, but twice, as the game's sales are being split between "west" and "east." That seem a little unfair to anyone else? You can check out the full chart after the break.

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The MOP Up: Free tanks for all! (February 12, 2017)

The MMO industry moves along at the speed of information, and sometimes we’re deluged with so much news here at Massively Overpowered that some of it gets backlogged. That’s why there’s The MOP Up: a weekly compilation of smaller MMO stories and videos that you won’t want to miss. Seen any good MMO news? Hit us up through our tips line!

This week we have stories and videos from H1Z1, Gloria Victis, Diablo 3Path of ExileRiftStar RaidersGiganticLineage MLeague of LegendsFish Island 2Wild Buster OnlineHeroes of Incredible TalesWorld of TanksGod Eater OnlineClosers Online, and Star Citizen, all waiting for you after the break!

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NCsoft 4Q 2016 financials: Record sales, WildStar's fate, Lineage Eternal launch

On the surface, fourth quarter 2016 financials for MMORPG giant NCsoft look solid. Yesterday, the company released its investor report, highlighting hefty year-over-year and quarter-over-quarter growth in sales and operating profit, both setting records for the studio.

Among NCsoft's chief games, Lineage as always drives performance, significantly so this quarter, but Lineage II, Aion, Blade and Soul, and Guild Wars 2 held more or less steady over their previous quarters too, though Aion and GW2 are down year-over-year.

Of note, WildStar's performance is no longer being reported separately, so we can no longer track its downward trends; it's now bundled unceremoniously into "other sales" -- not a good sign, but presumably better than the alternative.

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The Game Archaeologist: Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds

I confess that I have a particular fascination for MMOs that came into existence in the 1990s. It's not only the fact that I was oblivious to them at the time (er, wild college days?) but that practically each and every one of them were true pioneers in their own fashion. And while your standard MMO fan might think that there were only three such games in that decade (four, if they are gracious and include Meridian 59), the truth is that there were far more online games at the time, particularly if you looked over to the east.

Today we are going to look at one of the most important MMOs to emerge from that time period, Nexus: The Kingdom of the Winds. Its influence was primarily centered in the Korean gaming community while being vastly downplayed in North America. Still, here's a successful MMO that not only beat Ultima Online out of the door by a year but has since won a Guinness World Record for longevity!

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Here's how Lineage Eternal's multiple character system works

One of Lineage Eternal's unique selling points that sets it apart from most other ARPGs is its multiple character system. This allows you to easily amass and field several characters instead of merely focusing on a single one during your career.

Steparu penned an article to explain how this works. As it stands right now, players will be able to collect, gear, and level multiple characters during their adventures. You can only typically have one character out at a time, but you can set four characters to hotkeys for easy on-the-go swapping. This will allow you to pull out a character for specific situations when you come to them.

It gets really interesting in certain dungeons where you are able to field an entire party of four characters at once. While you will only directly control one character as the computer handles the other three, it's still your own pocket small group on the go. Steparu notes that you can collect more than four characters, but you'll have to choose which four you want to feature via the menu.

Source: Steparu

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Perfect Ten: Mobile MMOs coming in 2017

This past year, we couldn't seem to go a week without bumping into news of some new mobile MMO or a tablet spin-off of some existing franchise. It seems as though the mobile market is still blowing up, and MMORPG developers are looking for a way to take advantage of the popularity and market penetration that these devices offer.

What does this mean? It means that in 2017, we have a whole lot of games heading our way. With any luck, some of them might unseat the low-quality half-breeds that seem to make up a bulk of the existing mobile MMO library and set a higher standard for fun and engagement.

Let's take a look at about two dozen mobile MMOs we could be getting in 2017 -- and which ones might be the new contenders for our undivided attention. Unless we mention otherwise, these titles will be coming out for both iOS and Android platforms.

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