Big changes are in store for NCsoft's
long-running Lineage II
MMORPG, and the game's official website has updated with details of the new High Five
patch that's on its way
to the public test server. The patch is so substantial
that it's being brought to the live game in several parts, with the first four scheduled to appear on the PTS on February 2nd.
High Five features a reduced XP requirement for characters at level 78 or above, and clan levels 6, 7, and 8 will see a similar adjustment in terms of reputation points and member number requirements. The update is also bringing a ton of new character skills to Aden, as well as an extensive list of changes to existing skills. New quests and hunting zone revamps are also in the works (specifically Antharas' Lair and Dragon Valley), and numerous weapons, armor, and jewelry can now be purchased at the Giran Luxury Shop with Adena instead of crystals.
has made significant adjustments to the Grand Olympiad system, including revamping the arenas to instanced zones (allowing for 160 simultaneous stadium matches), as well as various tweaks to both participatory and spectator aspects of the system. You can check out the preliminary patch notes
on the official forums, and don't forget to read up on the particulars
of this week's test server implementation.
[Thanks to Justin for the tip!]