Lineage 2: Another P2P going F2P

Posted: November 3, 2011 in Lineage 2
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Seriously. This year has been critical for most of Pay2Play games out there, since they’re adapting to the F2P systems, like the eastern MMO market.

We’ve seen games like Champions Online, DCUO, LOTRO, D&D, Age of Conan and City of Heroes, to name a few, that moved from the monthly subscription model to the Free to Play + Freemium one.

Sure, they have different models, like D&D, where you need to buy “dungeon packs” if you’re not a subscriber user, and like LOTRO, where you purchase region packs to unlock all the quests inside those maps.

Now, we have to add Lineage 2 to the Free2Play list. One of the oldest NCSoft games, next to Guild Wars (since the original Lineage servers were closed last june), will jump the subscription wall and enjoy freedom in the near future.

According to NCsoft, there won’t be account tiers, like other games, but all accounts will be considered as “VIP” in terms to tier systems. This means you’ll have access to ALL GAME CONTENT for FREE. All future updates, server changes and events are for everyone.

Along with the free play system, NCsoft will also launch the “Goddess of Destruction” expansion, including a new lv cap, 8 new classes for Awakened characters (special quest at lv 85 that will take you back to lv 1, and unlocking the new classes, with additional Awakened-only bonuses), new maps and a LOT of revised stuff, like the exp curve. Now, lv 1-76 is now more player friendly and will consist of quests (most of time) and few grindfests on the road. They have also said that the 76+ curve has been revised, allowing new players to catch up with the old veterans.

Apart from total in-game freedom (yes, then again: no restrictions, no subscriptions no need to purchase quest/zone packs, NOTHING), you can use the L2 Shop to get outfits, EXP/SP boosters and buff potions. If you ask me, one heck of a cash shop, featuring “FREEMIUM” content, rather than “Pay 2 Win” features. Also, all previous subscribers will get a 100% refund of their remaining prepaid game time into NC Coins.

Either I’m blind or haven’t researched enough, but seems like there’s no official, confirmed date for the F2P change, BUT, the Goddess of Destruction teaser website is up, feature all the new content and the F2P explanation.

I’m so looking forward to try this game out, since I actually refused to play any L2 private server, and wanted to be a subscriber since I was a child.

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