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PC and Mac Players -- Together Again

NCsoft announces Lineage for the Mac By Denise Harrison
It's not often that PC and Mac users can play the same online game. NCsoft just announced that its Lineage game will be available for the Mac, however, and with a 47% marketshare in Korea, this game might set a precedent.

Worldwide, it boasts more than million subscribers and 330,000 concurrent users. The North American version was launched in

The North American version launched in 2001; the Mac version will lauch in February.

"We are obviously thrilled to be able to bring Lineage to a new audience," stated Richard Garriott, legendary game developer and executive producer at NCsoft's Austin, Texas office. "Companies that do not release Mac versions of their games these days are making a giant mistake. The Mac and its super-modern operating system, Mac OS X, provide the ultimate gaming experience and there's a huge untapped market of gamers using this platform."

"The Mac offers the most powerful hardware, exceptionally stunning 2D and 3D graphics and the best game titles for both casual and hardcore gamers," said Ron Okamoto, Apple's vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations.

Lineage players can choose from four different character archetypes-a heroic knight, clever wizard, nimble elf, or royal prince/princess. Creating a character is quick and easy. New players can immediately jump into the game and learn the ropes in a Lineage new player area where they may quickly level up and learn the basics in preparation for the adventures and perils that lie ahead. And unlike other subscription-based games, Lineage offers FREE updates that expand the game world to exotic new lands filled with fierce creatures. Lineage is distributed via FREE download from the Internet at the Lineage web site, <>.

Free Lineage CDs can also be ordered from the web site. Subscribed customers will receive future CDs free as part of the service. The web site has helpful information about playing Lineage and also includes online manuals, account management tools, news, game support areas and community message boards. Lineage comes with a 30-day free trial. After the trial period, players are charged US$15 per month. Players can save money by purchasing four months at a rate of US$11.25 per month. An Internet connection is required to play Lineage.

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