Netmarble Games Corp. has launched its highly anticipated mobile MMORPG Lineage 2: Revolution in 54 countries across North America, Europe, Oceania and the Middle East. Leading up to today's launch, more than 1.5 million players around the world pre-registered for Lineage 2: Revolution. Which is pretty damn impressive for a mobile MMO. And if the game looks and plays anything like what we've seen so far, it just might make mobile MMOs something more than just a punchline to a micro-transaction joke.
And the game has already had some incredible success on the South Korea market where it debuted late last year. Lineage 2 is the top grossing game on Googly Play and App Store in 11 additional Asian territories. The game also launched in Japan in August and became the top grossing game on the App Store in just 18 hours. The launch of Lineage 2: Revolution introduces the largest scale multiplayer gameplay ever created for mobile to players worldwide.
Lineage 2: Revolution is a free-to-play mobile MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) based on the popular PC online game IP "Lineage 2," which has entertained more than 30 million players since it first debuted. Lineage 2: Revolution stays true to its PC roots, displaying a stunning open field, raids, 200-player castle sieges, character re-designs and classes, all in a mobile environment. A fully-featured MMORPG provides seamless open-world environments, real-time 3vs3, 5vs5, 20vs20 and 50vs50 PvP battles, as well as lifelike fantasy world with dazzling graphics backed by the Unreal 4 engine. You know, the same engine that powers a ton of PC and console games. Yeah, that one. On your phone.
"We are ecstatic at the rapidly increasing support we've seen with the Lineage 2: Revolution pre-registration and pre-download numbers," said Netmarble's Chief Global Officer Seungwon Lee. "Everyone at Netmarble has been gearing up for today's launch, and we couldn't be more excited for players around the world to finally get their hands on the game."
Lineage 2: Revolution generated major attention from North American gamers at TwitchCon last month, where Netmarble partnered with late night host Conan O'Brien for a live broadcast from the event's esports stage to announce the game's launch date and help demonstrate the game's 50v50 Fortress Siege gameplay mode. The battle featured top streamers from around the world and drew more than 1.2 million viewers on Twitch, shattering records and garnering lots of interest from gamers around the world.
So, this is actually a mobile MMO worth paying attention to.
There are also a couple of TV spots featuring Conan O'Brien of all people below. They're actually worth a watch.
Particularly this next one, especially if you've ever walked through a convention thinking "damn I wish I could just beat up random con-goers for fun." I had to stop myself from labeling this one "Conan Fights Nerds" on my desktop because I occasionally try to look like a professional.