The game has suffered from numerous delays during development. On November 8, 2011, NCSOFT officially announced Lineage Eternal as the sequel to the first Lineage, released in 1998. The first gameplay videos debuted at the G-Star 2011 gaming convention in South Korea on November 9, 2011. In August 2013, NCSOFT announced it was preparing to roll out the beta schedule of Lineage Eternal by the end of 2013. In August 2015, the developers planned to initiate beta testing in Korea towards the end of year, but during a conference call in November they confirmed that closed beta testing would be delayed until 2016.