With all the excitement surrounding EverQuest Next, and even Landmark, perhaps it’s easy to look at the EverQuests of old as, well, old news. But, to the contrary, both EverQuests are still alive and well. Players still populate their worlds, and soon, in the not so far future, they’ll have a few more reasons to remain in the land of Norrath. Sony Online Entertainment today announced expansions for both EverQuest and EverQuest 2, marking the 20th and 10th expansion, respectively.
Both expansions, EverQuest: Call of the Forsaken and EverQuest II: Tears of Veeshan, will be available later this year.
Call of the Forsaken, EQ’s 20th expansion in a 14-year span, takes place in West Karana as players attempt to put an end to the plans of the fabled dragon Lady Lendiniara and seal whatever link has been opened to expose the ominous realm of Ethernere.
Due to my unrefined knowledge of EverQuest, it would be harmful for me to shoulder an explanation alone, so here’s how SOE outlines the expansion:
Call of the Forsaken players will encounter the powerful dragon Lady Lendiniara across the once peaceful plains of West Karana. Cataclysmic events in the region have torn an invisible seam to expose Ethernere, creating an unstable link to countless realities. Veterans and new adventurers alike must search undiscovered areas of Norrath for powerful artifacts to send Lady Lendiniara back to her world and restore peace. The new journey also brings familiar faces, as many iconic characters thought to be lost in time make their presence felt, including: Zebuxoruk, King Naythox Thex, Queen Cristanos Thex, Lendiniara the Keeper, Kyle Bayle, and more.
EverQuest: Call of the Forsaken expansion features include:
Mercenary alternate advancements (AAs)
Shared bank slots (2)
A new Heroic Adventure system
Additional spells, AAs, gear, raids and tradeskills
SOE details Tears of Veeshan, EQ 2′s 10th expansion, which will send players to the Eternal Bloodlands to stop Kerafyrm the Awakened:
EverQuest II: Tears of Veeshan will place heroes amongst the dragon dead in the Eternal Broodlands. After rediscovering Yelinak, now the keeper of Vesspyr Isles alongside other fallen and familiar dragons, players learn Kerafyrm the Awakened is using his stolen Tear to breach the veil between worlds in his quest to rule. With Kerafyrm’s fearsome power looming over Norrath, players are called upon to shine light into the darkness brought on by the Awakened’s draconic army, and set the stage for a new Age to begin!
EverQuest II: Tears of Veeshan expansion features include:
Overland Dragon Realm – Adventure, amenities, quests, collections, and more!
New Dungeons (9)
New Channeler Class!
New itemization focused on flexibility
Variety of Quests – Signature, story, point-of-interest & dropped quests, missions, collections
AA limit raised to 340
Tradeskill apprentice items
New PvP item tier
Again, both out later this year.