1998’s Lineage finally adopts free-to-play in Korea


It’s one of the oldest continually running graphical MMORPGs — and also one of the last free-to-play holdouts in the industry. That last part will change on May 2nd when Lineage will drop mandatory subscriptions in Korea.

According to MMO Culture, just a half-year ago NCsoft maintained that the continually popular Lineage would never go free-to-play. What a difference six months makes, however! The studio is looking to capitalize on the recent Remastered update that brought out increased resolutions and better graphics in an effort to modernize the title.

Lineage ended its run in North America in 2011 after a decade of service. Lineage II remains operational in this hemisphere, and fans are looking forward to the third main entry in this series, Lineage Eternal (also called Project TL).

Source: MMO Culture

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Jack Tyme(@jack_tyme)
2 years ago

I wanted to try Lineage 2, created an email to play. Mid way through patching the client, my email gets banned.

If anyone wants to be part of the Class Action against NCSoft please contact me.

Carlo Lacsina
Carlo Lacsina(@carlo-lacsina)
2 years ago

It’s too bad I can’t play the game here in the west. I recently got into the history of Korean MMOs and I’d really love to give this game a shot.

2 years ago

I watched a video of gameplay and it looks like a Diablo 2 MMORPG with a Korean art style. I don’t know if they decide to launch it in the West, how many people will be intersted to play it. Usually I’m not very picky about graphics, but my bare minimum at this point is for a game to be at least fully 3D. No 2.5D, no 2D sprites in a 3D world, no 3D models in a 2D world kinda stuff.

2 years ago
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that’s you. Others still pay money to play ultima online, tibia or runescape.
Of course Korea has their own uo.

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2 years ago

Even with the remastered graphics, the game still look old and i love that, and i wish to see the game outside Korea.

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2 years ago

me in 2010: wow lineage eternal looks fairly close to release. idk about that weird drawing spells mage play but it looks way better than any other gesture based shit i’ve seen in a game! (or a browser).

me in 2016: wow lineage eternal still isn’t out?

me in 2019: it’s been a few years since the last beta announcement didn’t come to fruition. i guess it’s dead jim.

2 years ago

for the record I liked Lineage 1 more(while it existed) and its coming from someone who liked overall lineage 2(if we overlook the botting problems)