NCSoft would like you to take a trip back to the days where “hardcore grind” wasn’t a bad thing apparently. The company’s Lineage 2 Classic announcement has confirmed the arrival of the original MMOARPG with all of its wrinkles and older systems. For better or worse.
The newly launched landing page for the game offers the barest of details right now, but it does make a number of promises about the game’s content. Chief among them are the return of “classic hardcore leveling where the rewards can outweigh risks”, the original game’s 31 classes and 5 races, and all-out clan warfare.
Further details from PCGamer also confirm that the MMO’s dungeons will not be instanced, meaning those looking to delve the depths will need to look out for other player parties attempting to get the same clears and rewards. You’ll also want to keep your head on a swivel, as open-world PvP will be a thing along with XP penalties when you die.
About the newest thing in Lineage 2 Classic is its business model; the game will launch free to play and is offering a pair of Launch Packs that include buffing consumables and other beneficial items.
Lineage 2 Classic will arrive on Wednesday, October 3rd. A quick teaser trailer announcing its arrival is below.
This will either be an extremely exciting hit of nostalgia or a brutal reminder that the good ol’ days weren’t always really good. In either case, it will certainly be interesting to know how much of an audience there will be for Lineage II’s version of classic MMORPG gaming.
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