NCsoft reported that Lineage had at some time over three million subscribers, most of them in Korea. The magnitude of the number of Korean subscribers compared to other countries has sparked a number of theories. A ban on certain Japanese imports until 1998 was cited for failure to thrive in the market of the video game console.
In April 2008, Lineage had a little less than 1 million active subscriptions.
11 May 2011, NC Interactive, a subsidiary of NCsoft in the United States announced it would close the Lineage servers (3 at the time) because of poor income underwriting. Various events were scheduled to take place in the remaining weeks. The players received free subscriptions to other NCsoft titles of their choice. On June 29, 2011, Lineage closed all NA servers permanently.
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Players can choose one of seven character classes: Elf, Dark Elf, Knight, Prince, Magician, Dragon Knight, or Illusionist. Princes are the only class that can lead to a blood pledge (which is Lineage term for a guild or clan).
The game is based primarily on a castle siege system which allows castle owners to set tax rates in neighboring cities and collect taxes on items purchased in stores in these cities. It features classic RPG elements reminiscent of Dungeons & Dragons, such as killing monsters and completing quests for loot and experience points, levels, character attributes (charisma, strength, wisdom, etc.) , and alignments (neutral, chaotic or regulatory). The alignment of a character affects how monsters and town guards react to the player’s character, often turning hostile to chaotic players and attacking on sight.
Player against player combat (also known as PVP) is extensive in Lineage. Players can engage in combat with other player characters at any time as long as they are not in safe zones such as cities. By joining a “bloodpledge” (an association of players similar to a clan in other games) players become eligible to participate in sieges of the castle or wars between bloodpledges.