Over ten years and still going strong, Lineage II is still a world-wide leader among MMOs. While the one hugely popular Korean title is well past its prime, even going through its own free-to-play conversion almost seven years ago, Lineage II shows no signs of calling it quits any time soon. Today Lineage II's next free content expansion had its release date announced. NCSoft says to expect the upcoming Ertheia expansion starting July 30.
The Ertheia expansion will continue the story of the world of Aden. One of the Seals keeping Goddess of Destruction Shilen imprisoned has been broken and with it the dimensions have shifted. Faeron Village, an Ertheia settlement, has crossed over from the Spirit Realm and joined the Material Realm. Einhasad's four original races, the Elves, Orcs, Dwarves and Ertheia, are once again collected. What comes next for the people of Ertheia?
Many forget that NCSoft's first title and the game that built them into the MMO powerhouse that they are today was Lineage. Still, it even surprised me when I read this press release stating that NCSoft still considered Lineage II to be their "flagship title." I suppose there's nothing more special than one's own child, despite the current success of adopted MMOs Guild Wars 2 and WildStar.
Download Lineage II for free today, or wait until July 30 and experience the all new Ertheia race and hunting games as they're introduced in the free content expansion.