After 17 years, Lineage has remained as NCsoft’s top earning product, which says much about the game’s longevity. Earlier today, NCsoft held a live event called “Beyond Lineage” to showcase the future. Technically, the 2 mobiles games are still “within Lineage”, since both are related to the Lineage IP. First, there is Lineage on Mobile (what a mouthful), which was originally codenamed “Project L”.
Lineage on Mobile is the faithful restoration of Lineage on mobile devices (duh), keeping as close as possible in both graphics and online gameplay. Of course, there will be features which cater mobile controls. Next will be Lineage Red Knights, originally codenamed “Project RK”. This mobile game steers away from the serious Lineage artstyle, and instead presents a cuter version of the IP.
While not much of gameplay is shown for Lineage Red Knights, clans (or guilds) are able to build their own fortresses and also attack and loot others. On the open maps of Lineage Red Knights, PVE and PVP will be carried out at the same time, hence teamwork is key here. Sounds really interesting! An interesting fact, Lineage Red Knight takes place 150 years before the events of Lineage 2.
Both Lineage on Mobile and Lineage Red Knights will launch in South Korea next year. With NCsoft aiming for the global market, it would be surprising to see neither reaching the English market. To mark 17 years of Lineage, NCsoft is opening the 50th game server on 16 December. Finally, an app known as “Lineage Coliseum” will go live next year, showcasing live PVP events from Lineage.