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Vasto Lorde
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« on: May 11, 2011, 09:56:26 pm »

Tried this game with Galaxia for a bit a while back.  It lasted a while, and screenshots remind me of my Ultima Online days.

Lineage servers shutting down in the West

    By Tom Magrino, GameSpot
    Posted May 11, 2011 5:05 pm PT

NCsoft says antiquated fantasy MMOG will be taken offline on June 29 due to no longer being "financially viable."

NCsoft's Lineage stands as one of the first massively multiplayer online role-playing games to gain massive popularity, having dominated South Korea's online gaming scene since it launched there in 1998. However, after more than a decade, its time will be coming to an end--in the West, at least--as NCsoft revealed through the game's official website that it would be taking Lineage's North American servers offline on June 29.

In its statement, NCsoft said that it had decided to shut the game down due to its sales performance. As part of a recent earnings report, the publisher blamed slipping sales for the game as a reason for an overall decrease in revenues.

"After much deliberation, NCsoft has made the difficult decision to shut down Lineage servers in its Western markets," the statement reads. "Unfortunately, after more than 10 years, the original Lineage franchise is no longer financially viable in the West…We know that we have incredibly loyal fans that have stood by us for the past 10 years. As painful as it was, as a business, we had to make a very difficult, but necessary, decision."

NCsoft has suspended account creation as of today. The publisher does not plan to continue charging anyone with an active subscription to the game and intends to refund any unused game time with credits applied to individuals' accounts. NCsoft also said that it has reactivated all existing Lineage accounts that are "in good standing," allowing previous users to play for free until the game's official shutdown.

The publisher also said that current account holders will be able to try other NCsoft titles free of charge. Applicable players can view the Player Appreciation Rewards program on NCsoft's website for more information.
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« Reply #1 on: May 17, 2011, 09:33:09 am »

It's a bit surprising that it lasted this long, but I know that even old games will keep a small number of loyalist that stay until the end. NCsoft has always struggled to break into the North American market. Aion had a promising launch, but it failed to keep a lot of players for the long run. NCsoft has done quite well in Korea, so they know their home market very well, but adapting to the individualistic entitlement ideology that dominates American mmo's hasn't yet worked out for them.

Oh my goodness! What would we do without our friends?
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