AUSTIN, Texas, April 24, 2008. NCsoft today announced the release of Hellbound, the newest addition to the Lineage II franchise, in conjunction with its 4th Anniversary Edition retail package. Continuing the storyline and content from December#DY#s popular expansion Kamael, Hellbound increases the game#DY#s level capacity to 85 and adds significant quests and skills. Players finally get the chance to best the diabolical boss Beleth fighting their way through multiple towers in the Steel Citadel. Enhancements to the pet system enable players to grow their wolf pet into a mount called a Fenrir. Additionally, this update adds more transformation options, where players earn the ability to temporarily transform into a powerful alter-ego with special skills that will aid them in their ventures.
The Hellbound expansion is free to current Lineage II subscribers; however, there are many added bonuses for those who purchase the 4th Anniversary Edition, available this week in stores. Customers who purchase this game pack receive the game client, all Lineage II expansions including Hellbound, plus an unprecedented sixty days of game time. Customers also receive two exclusive in-game items, and Lineage II fans that have had accounts for a year or more can take advantage of special discounts on account services, including gender, character name and server changes.
Lineage II is known as the gaming market#DY#s premier player-versus-player (PvP) online role-playing game, with a customer reach of more than 19 million players worldwide.
"The content in our Hellbound expansion really rounds out what we started in Kamael," said Tim Tan, NCsoft#DY#s North American producer of Lineage II. "The expansion was very popular with our players and we#DY#re happy to follow up with more content so soon after its launch. Players can now really sink their teeth into the Hellbound area of the game, and the raised level cap gives them a fighting chance against Beleth! The 4th Anniversary Edition box we#DY#re releasing today adds value for our current players, but we also encourage our former players to check out the unique account service loyalty benefits and start playing again."
The Lineage II 4th Anniversary Edition retail pack is available starting this week for an estimated street price of US 39.99 dollars. For more information about the retail box contents go to: www.lineage2.com/4thanniv.html.
To find out more about the game, please visit the Lineage II web site at: www.lineage2.com.
The game is rated Teen by the Entertainment Software Rating Board.
NCsoft North America is headquartered in Austin, Texas and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Korea-based NCsoft Corporation. NCsoft, with its own development and publishing offices in Texas and California, also works with other NCsoft subsidiaries and third party developers throughout North America to develop and publish innovative online entertainment software products. The company has successfully launched multiple online titles and continues to support its franchises that include Lineage/Lineage II, City of Heroes/City of Villains, Guild Wars/Guild Wars Factions/Guild Wars Nightfall, Guild Wars: Eye of the North, Dungeon Runners, Exteel and Richard Garriott#DY#s Tabula Rasa. More information about NCsoft can be found at http://www.PlayNC.com.