Not to start a rush, but I recently read the current news at Everquest II Players–wow. An ambitious release is in the works, and I must say I am excited. An excerpt from the release:
With Echoes of Faydwer, we had hoped that people would enjoy a return to a more traditional MMO starting experience, and were pleased with the results. We got a lot of positive reaction by introducing the starting city of Kelethin inside of Greater Faydark, as well as a new race, the Fae.
Later this month, we’ll be releasing the largest free content addition that EQ2 has ever seen. The complement to that experience: The city of Neriak, the large outdoor zone of Darklight Wood, and a new playable race, the Arasai, one of the races who will be able to start there.
These zones are another collaboration with our SOGA studio in Taiwan, the same studio that developed the characters and environments for The Fallen Dynasty. Their artists working in conjunction with our designers and artists have really brought Neriak back to life.
Later this month? Good deal. I hate a wait. I wonder how the Vanguard pundits will spin this–does SOE’s continued release and development of EQ2 forbode ill tidings for Vanguard, should it come into their fold?
Other highlights: a new playable race. I have no clue what an “Arasai” looks like, but should be interesting. According to one source, they will be the evil Fae with bat-like wings. Also will have the new zone “Darklight Wood,” which is where the Arasai will have their hometown–obviously they feel decentralizing starting cities is a positive move, and it seems to be a step towards (notice I did not say backwards) the old EQ1 paradigm.
Now for the conspiracy theory–coincidence that Station Access prices are going up and a new race is going into the game? Perhaps not–most established players have their 6 toons, I’m quite sure. If your attached to them, there are only two options to getting more slots–Station Access or two accounts.
I am aware all of the above is obvious, but I just want to ensure no one thinks I am an elaborate script myself.
Read the entire release here: Producers Letter May 2007