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    The delayed announcement from October 5, 2011 was finally made today on NCsoft's Lineage II Goddess of Destruction page:


    Players will experience a completely reimagined Lineage II, featuring revamped content and game experiences

    Seattle, WA - October 11, 2011 – NCsoft®, the world's premier publisher and developer of massively multiplayer online games (MMOs), is proud to announce its partnership with Innova, a game publisher known for providing Lineage® II service in Russia, to service Lineage II Free to Play in Europe. Current Lineage II European players who already have NCsoft West accounts can continue to play on existing NCsoft West servers.

    Meanwhile, NCsoft West is planning a new Hybrid business model tailored for its players. This new business model provides features an order of magnitude greater than those of a conventional subscription model, and creates a new way to play. Additional details will be announced soon.



    So many questions come to mind:

    What will this mean for the NA server?

    Will the already dwindling NA-EU player base further decrease with EU mass migration to the pending new-style EU servers?

    Will our EU friends still choose to pay a subscription on the NA servers when they can play for free on their own servers?

    What will this hybrid model for the NA players entail? Premium accounts?
    Comments 9 Comments
    1. Dani Oliver's Avatar
      Dani Oliver -
      From what I understand, a trailer was leaked yesterday which showed the pending EU F2P server, forcing NCwest to make some sort of announcement ahead of schedule, hence the vague information (typical for them). There is much speculation today regarding the "hybrid model" that will be introduced to the NA players. Here's my fave speculation so far from the Partnership between NCWest & Innova thread on the L2 official forums:
      Quote Originally Posted by Seb View Post
      ...The best guess is Hybrid will mean Chronos/Naia remain pay to play while they launch a couple of new F2P servers for NA. Hence the term "Hybrid". Possibly the pay to play servers will be along the Korean model, of a cash shop for vanity items only while any F2P servers (if NCWest even launches any) will be closer to Innova's model.
      Here's an example of one of their promotions which I can only guess is tied into their announcement yesterday (you can see this same promo by logging into your NCsoft account and going to Game Account Details:
    1. Dani Oliver's Avatar
      Dani Oliver -
      And it gets even better.... if you do another one of those 3 month subscriptions, you get a free extra month.



      Seriously NCsoft what are you thinking!? You haven't even told us what's in store for us yet with this hybrid model but you want us to invest additional time anyway? This tells me that their new business model is obviously NOT going to include F2P -or- a reduced monthly subscription. So given these clues, what is it going to entail? My understanding of their current restrictions is that they are prevented by law from offering any kind of in-game cash shop while they are still subscription-based. What the hell are they up to?
    1. JonesyMufc's Avatar
      JonesyMufc -
      My question is: Is there much point in purchasing a subscription for the item, as the game is going free to play. Surely I am using money to wipe my arse? (so to speak)
    1. Dani Oliver's Avatar
      Dani Oliver -
      Check out the October Bonanza


    1. Dani Oliver's Avatar
      Dani Oliver -
      I had that up on my screen all night apparently, forgot to press send. L2 EU is going F2P, L2 NA is not. We're getting some sort of mysterious "hybrid" preceded by the October Bonanza (which extends into November). They should have called it the Diversion Bonanza instead.
    1. Dani Oliver's Avatar
      Dani Oliver -
      Check out the new update on the GoD Play Your Way page:

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: What is Lineage® II: Goddess of Destruction™?
      A: Goddess of Destruction is the largest content update in the history of the Lineage II fantasy MMORPG. Now you can play Lineage II—with its deep story, rich gameplay, and diverse and intense PvP action—with a new hybrid business model that allows you to play your way.

      Q: What does "hybrid business model" mean?
      A: Goddess of Destruction will introduce a new business model that provides an order of magnitude of greater features for players compared to the current subscription model. The improvements will offer players the flexibility to enjoy Lineage II in a way that suits their play styles and budgets. We'll be able to share more details soon.

      Q: I heard that Innova will be the new official service provider for Lineage II in Europe when Goddess of Destruction launches. What does that mean for me?
      A: NCsoft West will continue to support Lineage II in all aspects of the business in North America and will retain existing European players. In order to preserve the active Lineage II community, we will be moving the physical location of the European server (Naia) to North America. Any new European players can choose to start new characters on either service.

      So you're going to change things to accommodate my "budget"? My budget sucks... does this mean my play style by association will also suck? What I interpret from that last Q&A is: 1. confirmation that Naia will not be going F2P, but will instead adopt our pending new "hybrid business model"; 2. Essentially NA is about to have a new server; 3. Ping is gonna SUCK for the EU players on Naia. So you get to keep your toons, but your gameplay is about to go down a notch. I think they're basically telling EU players to transfer to the new Innova-ruled servers and start all over. Simply wow. Enjoy GoD.
    1. JonesyMufc's Avatar
      JonesyMufc -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dugchugger View Post
      Check out the new update on the GoD Play Your Way page:

      Frequently Asked Questions

      Q: What is Lineage® II: Goddess of Destruction™?
      A: Goddess of Destruction is the largest content update in the history of the Lineage II fantasy MMORPG. Now you can play Lineage II—with its deep story, rich gameplay, and diverse and intense PvP action—with a new hybrid business model that allows you to play your way.

      Q: What does "hybrid business model" mean?
      A: Goddess of Destruction will introduce a new business model that provides an order of magnitude of greater features for players compared to the current subscription model. The improvements will offer players the flexibility to enjoy Lineage II in a way that suits their play styles and budgets. We'll be able to share more details soon.

      Q: I heard that Innova will be the new official service provider for Lineage II in Europe when Goddess of Destruction launches. What does that mean for me?
      A: NCsoft West will continue to support Lineage II in all aspects of the business in North America and will retain existing European players. In order to preserve the active Lineage II community, we will be moving the physical location of the European server (Naia) to North America. Any new European players can choose to start new characters on either service.

      So you're going to change things to accommodate my "budget"? My budget sucks... does this mean my play style by association will also suck? What I interpret from that last Q&A is: 1. confirmation that Naia will not be going F2P, but will instead adopt our pending new "hybrid business model"; 2. Essentially NA is about to have a new server; 3. Ping is gonna SUCK for the EU players on Naia. So you get to keep your toons, but your gameplay is about to go down a notch. I think they're basically telling EU players to transfer to the new Innova-ruled servers and start all over. Simply wow. Enjoy GoD.
      Yeah I saw this last night just before I headed off, I need to read over again though because I have slept and it never really went in anyway lol
    1. OzDragon's Avatar
      OzDragon -
      Looks like a new update.. http://www.lineage2.com/gd/play-your..._content=learn