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NCsoft outlines the content of its MMORPG Throne and Liberty (Project TL)

After years of silence and redesigns, NCsoft begins to unveil its Project TL, finally named Throne and Liberty and presented as a new major license in NCsoft’s history.

NCsoft Project TLWe know the tumultuous history of NCsoft’s Project TL: the MMORPG was announced as part of G-Star 2017 to be unveiled in beta in early 2018, was to immerse players in the Lineage universe (Project TL was to refer to The Lineage) and mark a technological leap forward for the license.
We know what happened next: for years, Project TL will be the subject of several very nebulous redesigns, without NCsoft communicating on the new directions of the game.

However, the South Korean group is now coming out of its silence and starting to give details about its MMORPG. As recently noted, the game will be officially unveiled next month, but already, the group’s executives are beginning to answer the questions of the South Korean press.

The new Throne and Liberty license
The main thing to remember is that the final title of Project TL is Throne and Liberty and that the MMORPG has nothing to do with the Lineage license, nor with its redesign Lineage Eternal (abandoned years ago in its original form).

NCsoft Project TL 2Today, NCsoft intends to develop a new major license that must embody the future of the studio. And if Throne and Liberty must “perpetuate the reputation and legacy of Lineage”, it is more in terms of the magnitude of the project targeted by NCsoft: according to the developer, Throne and Liberty is now the first project of a new license in the same way that the first Lineage in the late 1990s was the first game of a license that became major.
And already, NCsoft does not limit the Throne and Liberty license to a single MMORPG since Project E (a new game currently in development) also shares its universe with that of Throne of Liberty.

Although Project E has only been revealed through a short teaser, South Korean gamers seem to recognize references to the Joseon Period of South Korean history (which began in 1392 and ended the Mongol domination of the region) and to the symbolism of the “sword that protects the king” (more or less the equivalent of medieval chivalry in South Korea).

Open world and diverse gameplay
How does Throne and Liberty differ from its predecessors or even from current MMORPGs? NCsoft isn’t saying much yet (they’re obviously saving a few surprises for next month’s announcements), but Throne and Liberty is being touted as a “true MMORPG,” fully realized in 3D and immersing players in a vast, one-piece open world – though the studio isn’t saying whether that means the game world is uninstantiated and/or free of loading screens between zones.

What about the gameplay? NCsoft claims a solid know-how in PvP (it was the heart of Lineage) and Throne and Liberty does not deny this heritage. However, NCsoft intends to make Throne and Liberty a global project and the South Korean group believes it is necessary to add PvE and narrative components, which are considered important to seduce Western players as well. The studio therefore claims a “rich and complete” content.

We’ll have to see for ourselves when the time comes, and maybe sooner than we think: Throne and Liberty is scheduled for a simultaneous worldwide launch in twelve languages – we remember that this was also the objective for Lineage W – and the game is still waiting in the West. Still, the release is scheduled for the second half of 2022, “probably during the second half of the fourth quarter of 2022” (in the wake of G-Star 2022, early November?), distributed on both PC and consoles. Details are expected during this month of March: the developer promises videos (and therefore a glimpse of the gameplay?).

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