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Download: Lineage II Install Client

The High Five update for Lineage II is now live, so players can enjoy all the fan-inspired improvements that have been added to the game. Features include additional content, new skills, and gear that can be taken straight off raid bosses. Continue after the jump to watch a trailer where the developers run through the changes found in the the High Five update and system requirements. Lineage II requires a paid subscription to play.

About the Lineage II High Five Update:
"The High Five update brings a new array of skills that players have been seeking including a new hunting system with new buffs, visually enhanced mobs and an assortment of new Grand Olympiad enhancements. Additionally, Lineage II players can look forward more accessible Epic bosses and an improved matching system in hopes of encouraging more people to engage in epic raids and battles as a whole."

Download Lineage II: The Chaotic Throne - High Five Client (5.7 GB)
Download Lineage II - High Five Update Trailer (273 MB)
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NCsoft faces lawsuit from player claiming "addiction" to Lineage 2

If you follow the MMO game scene at all you have likely heard stories of players who spend more time grinding levels and going on raids than they do in the real world. Now one player has decided to take his so-called "addition" for one MMO games personally and has sued publisher NCsoft.

Wired reports that Craig Smallwood of Hawaii claims that NCsoft failed to warn him that playing its fantasy MMO game Lineage II would be addicting. He says he played the game between 2004 and 2009 and during that time he claims he could not function in his real life including doing simple things like "getting up, getting dressed, bathing or communicating with family and friends." So far a judge made the decision to not dismiss Smallwood's case entirely which means a trial could be in the works. NCsoft has urged the judge to dismiss the case.

[Via Massively]

NCSoft records loss for latest financial quarter


With the rumors of NCsoft planning to either shut down or cut their operations at their Austin, Texas offices, the MMO game developer/publisher announced their latest financial results for the quarter that ended June 30. Revenues were $78.6 million for the quarter, up 7 percent for the same time period a year ago. However, the company recorded a profit of $5.9 million for the quarter which was down 42 percent compared to the same period a year ago.

As per usual, the majority of NCSoft's sales came from its home country of Korea via its Lineage ($27.2 million) and Lineage II ($33.6 million) game titles. City of Heroes/Villains and Guild Wars brought in $5.5 million and $4.9 million in revenues, respectively, while Tabula Rasa only brough in $1.9 million for the quarter. NCsoft's only major new game launch for 2008 will be the fantasy MMO Aion which will be released in Korea late this year.

NCSoft reveals lower financial results for latest quarter

Korean based MMO publisher NCsoft has revealed its latest financial results for the first quarter of 2008 and it's a bit of a mixed bag. Revenue for the quarter was $84.3 million, up 4 percent from the same period a year ago. However, the publisher's net profit was $7.7 billion which is down 43 percent from the same period a year ago.

In terms of the higher revenue NCsoft stated that one of the reasons was the continued high sales of its fantasy MMO Lineage II which had "record high sales" in the last quarter compared to its launch way back in 2003. Continued high sales of Guild Wars and City of Heroes and a reduction of costs like advertising also helped with the revenues. The company's lower profit was hit by a one time reduction of costs because of NCsoft's decision to break ties with Spacetime Studios and not publish their upcoming sci-fi MMO Blackstar (Spacetime recently announced it had reacquired the Blackstar IP from NCsoft and is continuing to develop the game).

NCsoft's major new release for 2008 seems to be the title Aion which is currently scheduled to be released in Korea later this year A line of casual titles is also in the works to be released this year as well. One interesting item of note is the breakdown of sales from individual NCsoft games. Lineage, Lineage II, City of Heroes/Villains, and Guild Wars were all but not Tabula Rasa which indicates that sales of that recently release game have yet to significantly impact the company's results.

NCsoft games to add Vivox voice tech


On Tuesday NCsoft announced a strategic partnership with voice chat technology provider Vivox to add voice support across its library of titles. The partnership creates an NCsoft-branded communications portal between all games in the NCsoft library and will include a robust feature-set, including: voice mail and communication via regular phones and text messages.

"We will be able to offer our players a commanding set of communication tools that will simplify communications amongst the player base with far reaching options," said Peter Jarvis, vice president of operations for NCsoft North America. "We anticipate a successful integration and long-term relationship [with Vivox]."

No estimated date of implementation for the tech was announced.

[via Develop Mag]

New Lineage II expansion now live; new retail version released


NCsoft's long running fantasy MMO Lineage II just released a major free update for its subscribers. The new update, Hellbound, will allow players to level up all the way to 85 in the game. In addition this new update adds the transformation feature, allowing players to morph for a limited amount of time into a completely different alter-ego with extra abilities. Kind of like Manimal.

The update also includes new boss battles, new quests and skills, a new update to Lineage II's pet system and more. Of course there are some people out there who haven't played the game yet. For those folks, NCsoft has released a new retail version of the game to stores, the 4th Anniversary Edition. In addition to the full game (including the Hellbound expansion) the new retail version has two new exclusive in-game items and a whopping 60 free days of play time in the game. Subscribers to the game are not out in the cold, either. If you have been playing the game for a year or more you are eligible for extra discounts for features like server changes, character names and more.

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