With all the new massively multiplayer online role-playing games (MMORPG) coming out, there will be some casualties among the older MMORPGs. Some of the older MMORPGs will be facing the axe as players moved to newer games like Aion, RIFTs, and the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic.
This is not news as it is to be expected. However what is surprising is that even the successful older MMORPGs are in line for the axe. Lineage was first released in South Korea not too long after Ultima Online will be close on June 29th in North America. This is a bit of a surprise as although the game is old, it is (or was) one of the more successful MMORPG in its time. Even now, the game provides its publisher, NCSoft, with 28% of their yearly revenue!
This is evidence that people are still playing the game, yet it will still be closed! Old games being dumped is no surprise but I have to wonder if a game like Lineage can be canned…which game is next?