SOE trademarks hint at new EQ, EQII expansions

Sony Online Entertainment is set to celebrate Everquest's 10th anniversary at its annual Fan Faire gathering in Las Vegas next week. To honor the occasion, it appears as if SOE is gearing up to announce new expansions for the two mainstays in its flagship massively multiplayer online role-playing...

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Sony Online Entertainment is set to celebrate Everquest's 10th anniversary at its annual Fan Faire gathering in Las Vegas next week. To honor the occasion, it appears as if SOE is gearing up to announce new expansions for the two mainstays in its flagship massively multiplayer online role-playing game franchise, if a pair of United States Patent and Trademark filings are any indication.

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Earlier this week, Superannuation spotted a pair of trademark applications surfaced in the USPTO's online database for "Everquest Underfoot" and "Everquest II Sentinel's Fate". Both filings carry descriptors typical of a new game, including "computer game software and video game software," and "entertainment services, namely, operating a multiplayer, role playing, real time game for others via the Internet and local area computer networks."

Longtime EQ fans will recognize the Underfoot name as a calling card of the ancient deity Brell Serilis, who is the champion of underground and cave-dwelling races, such as dwarves and gnomes. While Sentinel's Fate is a bit less clear, the name could be an allusion to Sontalak, the challenging dragon in the Western Wastes introduced with the Scars of Velious expansion that guarded the one-time end-game content housed within the Temple of Veeshan.

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