Massively is traveling back in time this week with regard to NCsoft
titles, first with news about updates
to Lineage II
and now with word on an exciting bit of new content for the original Lineage
. Yes, you heard right -- the first-gen MMORPG (originally released in 1998) is still alive, kicking, and updating.
July 29th will bring players the opportunity to experience Episode 1 of Season 3 on NCsoft's
Play Test Servers. Subtitled Crack of Time
and featuring new classes, a dungeon, and an expanded storyline, the update has yet to receive an official live release window.
New classes include the dragon knight (a damage-dealer featuring the ability to shape-shift into beast forms) and the illusionist (a PvP-centric class with substantial debuff magic and area-of-effect attacks). The update also brings revamped starting areas, Thebes Dungeon (which features a random entrance-spawn and a challenging completion timer), and tweaks specifically designed to cater to North American audiences. These changes include double XP, higher item drop-rates, and higher boss-spawn rates.