EQ, EQII expand again this fall

Nearly decade-old MMOG scores 15th expansion with Seeds of Destruction on October 21; EverQuest II goes on The Shadow Odyssey beginning November 18.

Sony Online Entertainment's annual Fan Faire is raiding Las Vegas this week, and to honor the occasion, the gamemaker today announced two new expansions for its flagship EverQuest and EverQuest II massively multiplayer online role-playing games.

Now in its fourth year, EverQuest II will expand for a fifth time on November 18. Titled The Shadow Odyssey, the latest EQII add-on introduces the overland zone Moors of Ykesha--better known as former Troll bastion Innothule Swamp--along with 20 new zones and 18 dungeons.

Playing to nostalgia-seeking gamers, a sampling of EQII's new zones includes classic hotspots such as Najena, Mistmoore, the Ruins of Guk, and Befallen. The expansion will also increase the achievement point cap to 200, as well as introduce five new heritage quests and a new mission system, among other game tweaks.

As for the stalwart EverQuest, which will celebrate its 10th anniversary next year, SOE is introducing the game's 15th expansion, Seeds of Destruction. Fast approaching a doubling of the game's original level-50 cap, Seeds of Destruction ups players' max level to 85 and introduces a range of new alternate advancement abilities and spells.

This latest expansion will also introduce player-controlled mercenaries, which act as added support for player-versus-environment encounters. As it wouldn't be an expansion without new zones, 20 new locales will also be added to the game, and SOE has also revamped some previously released content. Seeds of Destruction will be available on live servers beginning October 21.

Public betas will be held for both expansions, with The Shadow Odyssey test beginning September 2 and Seeds of Destruction kicking off August 19.

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skopas
skopas

I remember the original EQ.....man, it was the best. It was a complete new experience for me, so memorable and fun. Then EQ2 came and enfilterated the place and I just moved on. Hey, u never know I could be back on some day.

-HCMF-
-HCMF-

nice to see content keep comming... wish more would do the same

jazilla
jazilla

good for them that they still have servers going for that thing. How many hamster wheels and hamsters does it take to power those babies? :P

akiwak
akiwak

I have never played MMO's but have been interested in trying one. Should I try WoW or EQ? I'll have to find some others that may show the same interest. I am going to talk to some of my buddies from MGO to see if they play one of these games. I think the community concept behind these games is cool and would like to experience it for myself.

Diernes
Diernes

I always laugh when people tout that MMO's are not for them because all the social disorder stories and addiction that ruins people's lives. here is a news flash, if you get addicted to something and allow it to control your life, then its your own problem not the object of your addiction ok. I have played many MMo games in my life I actually played eq1 for 4 years, but I never allowed it to control me. I have a good job, a girlfriend (soon to be wife) and a band. it never ruined me. Get some self control people....

KingSigy
KingSigy

Wow, I'm surprised EQ is still going. This means that WoW will probably never die, since it's more popular now than EQ was at WoW's age.

icym
icym

EQ, wow, I miss this game. The good times camping and grouping with guildmates... it was a good time with friends. Sadly, I can only wish to have the time needed to play this or any other solid MMO.

svaubel
svaubel

Glad EQ2 is still growing. Need to finish going through Kunark first before I worry about Odyssey. Back in the heyday EQ rocked. Now... it kinda sucks too much to try to get back into it.

Syzgygy
Syzgygy

Any specific reason why they aren't playing around with the idea of Everquest III?

atopp399
atopp399

Glad to hear it is still going well. Wish I had the time to play group oriented MMO's :(

TripSe7en
TripSe7en

Wow. I am surprised how many people still play this game. MMO's are not for me because I can/have see what these games can do to someones life. I have witnesses a divorce of one of my friends because of WOW and I think that is the most rediculous reason to get divorced, (well I can see if his wife left him for a higher level night I guess) but most of these people really need to draw a harder line between reality and fiction....

Mauller
Mauller

No other MMO has ever held the same sense of awe and the feeling that I part of a huge world. Logging in for the first time and running around Butcherblock Mountains as my dwarf warrior and just seeing the size of EVERYTHING, I was amazed. I wish that I could have that feeling again.

Mauller
Mauller

@hama666 Blame the 3 dev teams that SWG has gone through and WoW for it's decline. The dev teams went crazy and ruined an awesome game and then eventually tried to make it like WoW and mucked it up even more.

bellz666
bellz666

EQ during the very early years ruled. I was an absolute addict during the original three continents, Kunark and Velious. I miss the comraderie that we used to have playing all nighters.

Diernes
Diernes

... and shamefully, Gamespot are still yet to review the last eq2 expantion. Its not a perfect game by any means, but its still better than WOW, which I was bored of within 30 levels that went past all too quickly.

athenian29
athenian29

Wow. Just wow. The game that just won't die, eh? Anyway, I guarantee we'll be seeing the same thing with World of Warcraft, too. These games just never die (no matter how hard we wish they would).

thibbledorfP
thibbledorfP

How many new players sign on to new Everquest expansions, not counting players of previous games.

thibbledorfP
thibbledorfP

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ReaperV7
ReaperV7

Thats good news. I use to be addicted to everuqest 1...i dont play anymore. But i definitely prefer Everquest to world of warcraft.

dr_ripguts
dr_ripguts

Everquest isnt being "revived", it never went away. Every expansion adds new graphics and content. Its always been a well designed game, may as well keep updating it.

grigjd3
grigjd3

People still play these games?

LiontamerV
LiontamerV

Good to see old MMO's are still alive and kicking

beanofengland
beanofengland

seeds of destruction... seeds of oblivion! i wanna play me some turok 2 now

combatsoldier
combatsoldier

I really hope to see much much more in the future. I would like them to release more console based mmos.

hama666
hama666

I blame EQ for SWG's and Planetside's decline :-(

ivanfred
ivanfred

Sony needs to release an Everquest game for the PS3. I mean, the Champions of Norrath and Champions: Return to Arms boards are still alive at this site. Many people have stated that they are using their PS3's to play it online. That proves that the PS3 does not have any good dungeon crawlers and that gamers want one. The time is now Sony. Do it already!

Corvan
Corvan

Don't think its free but now I know were all of SWG's development money went to..

SuperIntendent
SuperIntendent

is EQ free? comments here saying it went freeware

HOMIE_G64
HOMIE_G64

God. All these good MMOs and no money to spend on them. I wish I was as spoiled as the kids who had parents to pay for those games.

GCase1
GCase1

1 year left of college; maybe after that I can tap myself back into the walls of slaughter :D

MichaeltheCM
MichaeltheCM

Everquest? man all these old games are being revived. this is great :)

konradak
konradak

Damnnnnn, EQ is still strong ehh?

konradak
konradak

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Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I still tell little ones about my EQ nightmares. That game was so hardcore compared to WoW. I'm not surprised that it's still going on, my friend was addicted to that game off and on for six or seven years.

Akubura
Akubura

I cannot believe that EQ1 is still going strong. I remember playing it as a 11 year old, It carved the way for games like Daoc and Wow. Without EQ I wonder what over 200 million people who play mmo's would do with their lives? Maybe just maybe we would be more productive.....

strahd01
strahd01

I cannot believe people still play EQ1 I stopped played this like 5 years ago it killed me on MMOs period. I started with 5 real life friends at level one and within 6 weeks i was lvl 28 and they where lvl 41 because they had waaaay too much time and EQ was awful about groups with that far level gap.. bah..

ymladdych
ymladdych

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shakmaster13
shakmaster13

as good as everquest is, soe lost my monies after the cumbat upgrade in swg.

ymladdych
ymladdych

I love EQ1; it's my MMO standard, and a game that gave me several, long-lasting net friendships. I was never even tempted to try WoW, even though it had snazzier graphics. I haven't played in years, but if I wasn't already poised to start Warhammer with an awesome guild, I would probably buy the new expansion and go back to EQ1.

skemaal
skemaal

The current world event for EQ2, which leads into the next expansion, is already very interesting. Looking forward to it. Glad EQ1 is still doing well although I have no plan to return to it now after maxing out. The grinding is rough lol.

Hekynn
Hekynn

Not bad but will still be playing AoC cause of the graphics :D

KrowTRobot
KrowTRobot

i havent played this for about a year, but before that i loved this game, its the original wow and a much better one imo, ive tried wow but i thought it was way too easy and just liked EQ better. and eq2 is good too

zosoph33r
zosoph33r

Holy 1998 batman. lol.. The mmorpgs that people should care about or write articles on are biowares upcoming mmo, and square enixs mysterious mmo, and thats that, until blizzard makes wow2.

Kenji_Masamune
Kenji_Masamune

They really need to crank out another champions of Norrath game for the PS3. I know the first 2 did pretty well (think well over a million for both Champions and Return to Arms) so here's hoping they will eventually make another champions game.

JohnnyScarecrow
JohnnyScarecrow

I recently came back to EQ after quitting for about 4 years- the game is completely different, they fixed or improved all the things I had problems with (as Sameo said, I, like a lot of people, left after Luclin came out). The game is actually a lot of fun, my friends can't figure out why I left WoW for it. I'm just having more fun!