Popular MMO Lineage 2: Revolution launches in the US
US, Canadian, and European players can now enter the mobile fantasy world of Lineage 2: Revolution. The free-to-play MMO, which launched in South Korea nearly a year ago and has since expanded to a number of countries in Asia, is now available for download in the Google Play Store in the West.
The game itself is based somewhat loosely on NCSoft’s PC MMO Lineage II that first launched way back in 2003. However, the new Lineage II: Revolution game has been developed specifically for smartphones by Netmarble, and uses the latest Unreal Engine 4 game graphics and tools. Netmarble and the former Kabam Game Studios in Vancouver worked for a year to localize the game for North American and European audiences.
In terms of scale, Lineage II: Revolution is supposed to offer MMO players massive battles, which can allow as many as 200 players to participate in siege events at one time. There are also team PvP battles that can get as high as 50 vs 50 players at once. Graphically, the game rivals anything currently on game consoles, thanks in part to its use of Unreal Engine 4. Players can pick from several character classes, including Human, Elf or Dwarf, and create their player avatar to explore the fantasy world, and perhaps join with friends to form clans. Teams can battle huge bosses and other creatures while exploring the world.
Netmarble has recruited US late night talk show host and Clueless Gamer creator Conan O’Brien to help promote Lineage II: Revolution in a new TV commercial campaign. One of the ads shows him destroying a gamer’s big flat-screen TV to demonstrate you don’t need to be stuck in a living room to play a console-quality game.