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Wednesday, March 20, 2002

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Lineage 2 Revealed; Mac Possibility?
6:30 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

Late last week IMG brought you the first word of the not-so-secret MMORPG sequel Lineage 2: The Chaotic Chronicle. While the original game is just now coming out of beta on the Mac, it seems NCsoft already has big plans to build an even larger following with the new game. The first Lineage 2 screen shots have been unveiled, along with its official web site, which indicate the title will be using the powerful Unreal engine as its base.

The shots of Lineage 2 (which is now considered about 40% complete) are very impressive, but the use of the Unreal technology could mean a quicker port to the Mac thanks to the previous work on the engine from companies like Westlake Interactive. The technical possibility may be there, but as with all titles, the ultimate decision is one the publisher needs to make. IMG went to David Swoffard of NCsoft for clarification on Lineage 2, as well as another MMORPG, City of Heroes, which they recently announced they would be publishing for the PC. Here's his response:

Our approach on this title for Mac is very similar to [City of Heroes]. We'll just be checking how Lineage does for the Mac and then we'll assess what our opportunities might be for those other two titles with the Mac. Bottom line... we've not made a decision yet... but we're looking at the possibility very closely.
It seems that this recent Mac OS X Lineage foray will determine much about NCsoft's future plans for the platform. Stay tuned to IMG as any new information from the company on their Mac direction is released. And be sure to check out the new Lineage 2 site for the lowdown on the game. They expect a release in Korea first, followed by North America sometime in 2003.

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