I haven’t heard anything about EverQuest II since World of Warcraft started selling copies. In fact, I’m not entirely sure that EverQuest II is still a real game. Are we sure Blizzard didn’t just buy the name “EverQuest II” as a possible subtitle for World of Warcraft? Let’s see how that looks — World of Warcraft: EverQuest II. That really makes no sense, but It’s kind of working for me.
According to VG247, Sony seems to think that EverQuest II is still their product and worth supporting with expansions. The latest expansion, Sentinel’s Fate, hits retail stores on February 16th. Sony is also releasing a digital version on February 23rd for people who are too embarrassed to carry an EverQuest II product through the express lane.
At this point, I know so little about the EverQuest franchise that the new features of Sentinel’s Fate are almost entirely indecipherable:
- All Previous Expansions – Includes the new expansion pack and all five previous expansions and content
- Increased Level Cap – Reach new heights with a level cap increase to 90
- Amazing New Zones – Explore two expansive new overland zones, The Sundered Frontier and Stonebrunt Highlands
- The Quests Continues – Experience the legend of Odus through 400 new quests
- More Dungeons – Battle through 12 new dungeon additions
- New Weapons and Armor – Outfit characters with 2,000 new weapons, pieces of armor and items
- New Alternate Advancement Abilities – Optimize your character’s power and strength with all new alternate advancement abilities
- Legends of Norrath™ – Includes digital card game client and The Fall of Erudin scenario
- 500 Station Cash™ – Select unique virtual items from the in-game EQII Marketplace
- 30-day subscription included for new EQII Accounts
Ugh, it’s like reading a Dan Brown novel. I hope they don’t make a movie about EverQuest II starring Tom Hanks. I’m not eager to see the mystery of the “500 Station Cash” revealed on the big screen.
VG247 has the rest of the details. I won’t be convinced that this product exists until I see it in the bargin bin at my local Walmart. If Sony wants this thing to sell, they should try secretly bundling it in with those Con Air/The Rock DVD packs. But then they’d have to code in an NPC that looks like Nic Cage running from an explosion or consumers would feel ripped.