NCSOFT pinning high hopes on success of ‘Lineage 2M’
NCSOFT is gearing up for a launch of its upcoming mobile role-playing game “Lineage 2M,” expecting it will provide a huge leap for the company.
The country’s top game company said Wednesday the mobile RPG will hit the market in the fourth quarter of 2019.
NCSOFT is attracting high expectations from game fans, receiving more than 3 million preorders within only five days after it started to receive orders on Sept. 5.
“’Lineage 2M’ is a mobile version of popular PC online game Lineage 2. Based on the high reputation of the PC version, NCSOFT aims to attract both fans of the original version and mobile game fans,” an official of the company said.
The original PC version is one of the representative games of NCSOFT as it has been serviced in some 70 countries in Korea, Taiwan, Japan, the U.S. and European countries.
Since it was released in 2003, the RPG has been well-received, sweeping prizes at the 2003 Korea Game Awards including the top honor President’s Award, the best technology award and the best graphic award.
“When the game hit the market, many game fans were wowed by the superior quality of its full 3D graphics. The new level of 3D world Lineage 2 showcased marked a beginning of 3D graphic-based RPGs in the Korean game industry,” the company said.
The high popularity of “Lineage 2” also created a precedent that online games can become a huge cultural phenomenon.
Facing a game clan that carried out player killings indiscriminately and controlled the item trading market in “Lineage 2,” more than 200,000 users waged a war for four years from 2004 to 2008 and gained a victory.
Poster for NCSOFT’s mobile game “Lineage 2M”