Lineage II expansion Valiance revealed

Latest expansion for free-to-play MMO includes "major overhaul" of Skill system, new abilities.

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NCSoft today announced Valiance, the latest expansion for free-to-play massively multiplayer online game Lineage II. The expansion is planned for release later this year.

"Players have been treated to a sense of peace since Shilen, the Goddess of Destruction, sent Lindvior to destroy Aden some time ago. While the citizens and heroes of Aden welcomed the respite, come the release of Valiance, they will find it a brief one, as old threats resurface and battles long thought won begin anew. Players deep into the game will find themselves faced with new challenges and experiences that will push their skills and dedication to the limit."

The Valiance expansion for Lineage II features the return of the Hellbound zone with updated areas and new hunting parties. A "major overhaul" of the game's skill system is also featured, as well as 25 new skills.

In addition, a new abilities system will be introduced to Lineage II through the Valiance expansion that promises to allow players to customizes their skills as a means to make them more powerful. Lastly, NCSoft said "some" popular bosses from Lineage II's past will return in the upcoming Valiance expansion.

Lineage II launched ten years ago in Korea and is in its ninth year in North America. The game adopted a free-to-play business model in November 2011.

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11 comments
Hurvl
Hurvl

I looked Lineage up and saw that the first one was released in 2001 and then 3 years after they release Lineage 2. Three years isn't long for a MMO, but Lineage 2 is older than WoW, so that's quite a respectable age.

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

If you have time NCSoft to do an expansion pack to a 10 year old game, can you maybe get Blade & Soul out in US and Europe?

NightlyOne
NightlyOne

I present a haiku to describe my thoughts on this:

Lineage II lives.
City of Heroes still dead.
NCSoft still sucks.

Wrathesoul
Wrathesoul

Does it finally work for windows 7 last time a year or so back when in game it kept making me look up lol

ElDuderino1
ElDuderino1

It's cool to see this game is still up and running.  l2 was my first true mmo.

Krauklis
Krauklis

I guess Lineage II will never die, like I know people whose first introduction to online games was L2 who have kids and don't game anymore. 

Sl4cka
Sl4cka

Whoah, it's still alive.

ryadings
ryadings

@SDBusDriver1979 I don't know if you already played the Korean version but it is not as good as it looks. Anyway, as far as I know they are on it. I'm pretty sure it will bomb though. Don't waste your money if they decide to make it a full-price game. It will be f2p a few months after release.

RossRichard
RossRichard

@Krauklis I know people who played UO back in the day, and their kids play their accounts now. Crazy lol.

Krauklis
Krauklis

@RossRichard @Krauklis OMG I forgot about UO :D that is the situation my brother is in, but his little boy started his own account. 

Hurvl
Hurvl

@Krauklis @RossRichard Lol, with ones kids playing the same MMOG you used to play, it just took on a new meaning: Massive Multiple Online Generations. It's quite fascinating how things are passed down :P.