New EverQuest Expansion Next Month

The EverQuest website has the news on a new expansion for the venerable MMORPG, saying this will be released on October 1st, following the release of the game's September update, which is expected next week (thanks Ten Ton Hammer). Here's a bit on the plan:
We are excited to announce we have an expansion on the way – that’s right, expansion – not “campaign.” As we’ve been toiling away this year, the content we’ve been working on evolved and grew more than we expected.

We wanted this expansion to have content that reached beyond the highest-level players. So, in addition to new and updated zones for levels 105, we are including two instanced raid zones for levels 75 to 105 to play in together! These “level agnostic” raid zones will balance themselves to the highest level player in your raid. It just so happens that these two level agnostic zones are the original Plane of Fear and Plane of Hate! So if you never got a chance to raid in those planes, or long for them, you can relive those days with a broader range of players when we launch.

This expansion includes over 15 raids – after getting feedback for more raids over last year’s expansion – and a ton of level-scaling missions and Heroic Adventures! And as with previous releases, there will be new AAs, spells, and gear. The story is innovative and impacts gameplay in interesting ways too.

In addition, if you purchase (or pre-order) the next expansion, you’ll also get access to ALL of the previous expansion content.
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Sep 19, 2015, 01:26
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Sep 19, 2015, 01:26
 
Fleche Pic

Wonder if I still exist...
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Sep 18, 2015, 17:15
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Sep 18, 2015, 17:15
 
Everquest still exists?
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Sep 18, 2015, 10:19
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Re: New EverQuest Expansion Next Month Sep 18, 2015, 10:19
Sep 18, 2015, 10:19
 
Yeah you really didn't get what I said.

Nor you what he said.

But that's cool. I would expect someone who has only played WoW, and not also EQ1, to insinuate such a comparison were fair. Thing is, it was an exceedingly different time back in 1999, and five years might not sound like a lot, but in the MMO industry, *that* five years really was.

EQ1 hit 450k ish subscribers at its peak, WoW over 12 million. You want to "adjust for inflation", as it were, and all of a sudden it's a very different ballgame.
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Sep 18, 2015, 00:42
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Sep 18, 2015, 00:42
 
Dagnamit wrote on Sep 17, 2015, 13:22:
Man, I really don't see WoW dropping below a million subs for at least more 10 years. They're still at 4-5 million and will get a boost with each new xpak. The graphics and art style have held up really well. WoW servers will probably still be running 20 years from now.
It will be interesting to watch and see how long it lasts. It's already 11 years old, another 9 doesn't seem out of line for sure, another 20? I guess we'll see...
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Sep 17, 2015, 20:20
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Sep 17, 2015, 20:20
 
lol. I see Blue has given up numbering them.
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Sep 17, 2015, 18:38
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Sep 17, 2015, 18:38
 
SimplyMonk wrote on Sep 17, 2015, 18:24:
RamataKahn wrote on Sep 17, 2015, 18:10:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Sep 17, 2015, 15:18:
Well, people still love everquest... It has tons of unofficial servers where they stopped progress at certain expansions. These aren't dead servers either, they usually have about 200-600 people on every night.

Lol, is 200-600 people a lot for EQ??? I play on a WoW vanilla private server and it has over 7K people on at peak time, doesn't go below 3500 as far as I've seen.

Well, EQ was released in 1999. WoW in 2004. Give WoW 5 more years and let's see where it is.

Yeah you really didn't get what I said.
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Sep 17, 2015, 18:24
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Sep 17, 2015, 18:24
 
RamataKahn wrote on Sep 17, 2015, 18:10:
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Sep 17, 2015, 15:18:
Well, people still love everquest... It has tons of unofficial servers where they stopped progress at certain expansions. These aren't dead servers either, they usually have about 200-600 people on every night.

Lol, is 200-600 people a lot for EQ??? I play on a WoW vanilla private server and it has over 7K people on at peak time, doesn't go below 3500 as far as I've seen.

Well, EQ was released in 1999. WoW in 2004. Give WoW 5 more years and let's see where it is.
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Sep 17, 2015, 18:10
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Re: New EverQuest Expansion Next Month Sep 17, 2015, 18:10
Sep 17, 2015, 18:10
 
Tipsy McStagger wrote on Sep 17, 2015, 15:18:
Well, people still love everquest... It has tons of unofficial servers where they stopped progress at certain expansions. These aren't dead servers either, they usually have about 200-600 people on every night.

Lol, is 200-600 people a lot for EQ??? I play on a WoW vanilla private server and it has over 7K people on at peak time, doesn't go below 3500 as far as I've seen.
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Sep 17, 2015, 17:16
KS
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Re: New EverQuest Expansion Next Month Sep 17, 2015, 17:16
Sep 17, 2015, 17:16
KS
 
Participated in EQ Landmark closed beta. This is the adjunct to EQ Next where you can build things, like a cross between a souped up Minecraft and the old City of Heroes base builder (but outside.)

I had the better part of a castle built when my account got deactivated exactly 1 week later and I was told I needed to pay money to continue (even though I had submitted several bugs.)

Good.

Bye.

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Sep 17, 2015, 15:18
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Sep 17, 2015, 15:18
 
Well, people still love everquest... It has tons of unofficial servers where they stopped progress at certain expansions. These aren't dead servers either, they usually have about 200-600 people on every night.

It's actually kind of interesting to see the originals like Ultima Online and Everquest still in demand somewhat..
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Sep 17, 2015, 14:09
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Sep 17, 2015, 14:09
 
Oh. I forgot this is Daybreak Games now and no longer SOE. My guess is that this is the test to see if it is worth keeping the lights on or maybe some stuff that Sony had collecting dust and they want to get it out there to validate the investment.
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Sep 17, 2015, 13:50
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Sep 17, 2015, 13:50
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Is this the 21st or 22nd expansion?
What is its name?
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Sep 17, 2015, 13:22
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Sep 17, 2015, 13:22
 
HoSpanky wrote on Sep 17, 2015, 12:40:
Wow, this is for EQ1? That's nuts! Every time there's a post about WoW, it's full of people saying it's past its prime and whatnot, but it holds up a LOT better than EQ1, which apparently still has enough subs to justify an expansion.

I'm not sure I could play something that looked that crummy though. It'd be like playing the original Tomb Raider again. You can't bring yourself to do it.

Man, I really don't see WoW dropping below a million subs for at least more 10 years. They're still at 4-5 million and will get a boost with each new xpak. The graphics and art style have held up really well. WoW servers will probably still be running 20 years from now.
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Sep 17, 2015, 12:40
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Sep 17, 2015, 12:40
 
Wow, this is for EQ1? That's nuts! Every time there's a post about WoW, it's full of people saying it's past its prime and whatnot, but it holds up a LOT better than EQ1, which apparently still has enough subs to justify an expansion.

I'm not sure I could play something that looked that crummy though. It'd be like playing the original Tomb Raider again. You can't bring yourself to do it.
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Sep 17, 2015, 12:35
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Sep 17, 2015, 12:35
 
They should update the artwork of the cover characters to reflect on the time passed sine release. 16 years is a long time when you're punching stuff on a regular basis.
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Sep 17, 2015, 12:26
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Sep 17, 2015, 12:26
 
Yeesh, when I stopped playing the cap was 70. I still have nightmares about a pre-expansion, 3-day Plane of Fear raid that went... so wrong... we had to call in 2 other guilds to break the entrance so we could recover after the 3rd or 4th total wipe. Sleep? Hahaha...

Scaling raids sounds cool, I'm just happy to see them still supporting such an amazing game after all of this time. I only wish I still had the spare time to play it.
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Sep 17, 2015, 10:42
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As cool as this sounds, I in no way have the time anymore to deal with Everquest.
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Sep 17, 2015, 10:33
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Sep 17, 2015, 10:33
 
Never been into EverQuest, but I'm curious to see where they're at with EverQuest Next and the fully destructible terrain that sticks around for a spell.
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