NCsoft announced yesterday its partnership with Innova, a game publisher for Lineage II in Russia and who will now be providing service to Europe. With the new service, Lineage 2 will be going free-to-play in Europe while in North America it’ll be changing to a hybrid business model.
The new hybrid model planned for NCsoft West have not yet been revealed, but if I had to guess I’d say it will be limited free-to-play, with multiple subscription options and an item store.
For European players with NCsoft West accounts, you’ll continue on the hybrid model, which means you’ll have to start over if you want to join one of the new EU servers.
The new payment structure will be launching with The Goddess of Destruction expansion which is expected to be released before the end of the year.