Sony Online Entertainment has announced the sixtieth update to Everquest II. Called "The Children of War", the update is scheduled to go live on May 17th. Devs also announced that from April 14-21, all inactive accounts will be reactivated to give former players a chance to log in and check out the changes since their last play session.
Sony Online Entertainment has announced that tickets for this year's Fan Faire in Las Vegas, Nevada are now available for early-bird pricing and purchase. The full event ticket can be purchased for $119 or single-day tickets are $39. Fan Faire will take place on July 7th to the 9th.
Everquest II Producer Dave "SmokeJumper" Georgeson has penned the latest update letter on the official site. In it, Georgeson details the plans for Everquest II in 2011. Destiny of Velious owners, according to Georgeson, will be thrilled as the epic story "Age's End Prophecy, continues through regular content updates. Freeport will be seeing a major upgrade as well. Lastly, Georgeson talks about 'under the hood' improvements to EQII.
On April 1st, Everquest II players will have the opportunity to once again celebrate Bristlebane Day. The annual celebration is perfect for April Fool's Day as the in-game events specialize in mischief and mayhem. Best news of all is that there are new events and tradeskill recipes especially for the 2011 version of Bristlebane Day.
In addition to donating over $3.6 million dollars to assist charities working in earthquake-ravaged Japan, Sony Online Entertainment has announced that each of its stable of MMOs is featuring a special item that can be purchased by players with proceeds going directly to Japanese relief agencies.
Everquest II devs have posted that this weekend (February 18-22) will net players double experience in preparation for Tuesday's release of the Destiny of Velious expansion. Double XP ends at the precise moment that Velious goes live so get in there and level up!
Sony Online Entertainment has announced that the non-disclosure agreement for the Everquest 2 expansion, Destiny of Velious, has been lifted. The expansion is scheduled to be released next week with new content and more. Players are now free to discuss their experiences during the beta phase.
In a new series here at MMORPG.com, former F2P Survivor Guy Adam Tingle is writing Bang for Your Buck. His self proclaimed goal is to prove to our readers that there really isn't such thing as "free to play" but does claim there is such a thing as the "most free to play" MMO. In his inaugural column, Adam takes a look at Everquest 2 Extended, Sony Online Entertainment's F2P iteration of the classic MMO. Check it out and then let us know your thoughts on Adam's new column.
The eighth Everquest II expansion, Destiny of Velious, is scheduled to be released in late February. The new expansion will bring a lot of interesting new features and content to EQII. MMORPG.com Industry Relations Manager Garrett Fuller caught up with Producer Dave Georgeson and Game Designer Carlos Mora to talk about Destiny of Velious. We've got terrific information and exclusive screens so be sure to check it out!
In another example of the interconnectedness between electronic devices and gamers, Sony Online Entertainment has released EQII Mobile for Everquest 2 players. The mobile app is available for iOS and Android devices in each one's respective app store. Players can use the app to participate in chat, check in-game mail, review character stats, access achievements, view the world map, and search for items.
Sony Online Entertainment has begun taking pre-orders for the collector's edition of the upcoming Everquest 2 expansion, Destiny of Velious. The digital collector's edition features several exclusive perks including a Husky pet, a summer home, teleportation portraits and more. Destiny of Velious is scheduled to deploy on February 22nd. The CE is $59.99 for preorder but will go up to $89.99 on release day.
Sony Online Entertainment and the Everquest II team have announced that the Destiny of Velious expansion pack has been delayed. Originally slated for release on February 8th, the expansion has been rescheduled for February 22nd due to beta player feedback. The good news is that more closed beta testers will be added in the very near future.
Sony Online Entertainment has announced that Fortune League has opened on Facebook. Fortune League allows players to engage with Everquest II in "snackable" sessions and introduces new players to the game via the Facebook game application. The casual strategy game also gives EQ2 players the opportunity to score in-game swag for playing the Facebook game.