Lineage 1 to Close North American Servers
After much deliberation, NCsoft has made the difficult decision to shut down the original Lineage servers in its Western markets. Unfortunately, after more than 10 years, the original Lineage franchise is no longer financially viable in the West. On June 29, 2011, at the normal maintenance time, all the original Lineage NA servers maintained by NCsoft will shut down permanently.
As of May 11th, no new accounts can be created on their servers. However all old accounts have been reactivated and everyone can play for free for until the servers are permanently closed on June 29th.
For their faithful subscribers, fear not. NCsoft will be refunding any unused game time purchased.
Nyx, Jetzen, and Unicycle plan to go out with a bang. Though there will not be any additional content updates, a US Ruleset change and lots of great events are planned for the next two months. NCsoft wants to give its players every opportunity to make all of your remaining Lineage dreams come true. It's a race against the clock so those interested had better get started now!
The Lineage Team had the following to say to its player base:
"We know that we have incredibly loyal fans that have stood by us for the past ten years. As painful as it was, as a business, we had to make a very difficult, but necessary, decision. We thank you for your continued support. We want you to know that we will be offering you a chance to try other NCsoft games for free to express our gratitude for your years of loyalty to Lineage. "
And so a legend among MMORPGs fades into history to pave way for a hopefully bright future of gaming.