During this year's SOE Live keynote, the next expansions for EverQuest and EverQuest 2 were both announced. CEO and President John Smedley took the stage near the end of the presentation to reveal both content updates.
EverQuest - Call of the Forsaken
20th Expansion - Beta will be August 14th, Launch is targeted for late September.
Back within Norrath, for classic stories and characters. Taking you back to old zones. The story begins with a series of Cataclysmic events. A dragon arrives and tears a seam in realities. The expansion goes to the Dead Hills and Neriak The 4th Gate.
Heroic Adventures - true system that manages your experiences when you enter a zone. Based on the group you enter the zone with. All of the features will be created at that time. So each time you enter the zones will change. Another release is planned for early next year to tie into Call of the Forsaken. The new release will be free when you buy the expansion.
Some more updates include: expect more cinematics and voice overs, Upgrades to armor and zones, Player Studio created weapons.
For the 15th Anniversary Everquest will have new race and class combinations. Also it will have more player designed missions. There will also be a mystery zone. Here is a hint, 5 stones. It is the relaunch the Plane of War zone.
EverQuest 2 - Tears of Veeshan
Calling it the high level dungeon expansion. Mission system will be added. Point of Interest for local story quests. New dragon abilities will be added. New abilities will come to classes from the elder dragons. Abilities will now go up to 340 points. There will be a new itemization plan which allows more customization for players. More mercenary slots will be added. They are also improving dungeon finder. Brand new class into the game. The Channeler is a Priest archtype which comes with a construct pet. The Channeler uses a bow and wears leather armor. The class will be playable at SOE Live this weekend.
Next year is the 10th anniversary.
Heroic Characters will be coming in mid-September. They come with pre-assigned character advancement template and a flying mount.