EverQuest II announces the Blood of Luclin expansion, a new server, and a new anniversary event

    
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We’ve known that EverQuest II is getting a new expansion, but details have been a little light. Thanks to the latest producer’s letter, however, things have gotten much heavier. Say hello to the Blood of Luclin expansion, which is slated to arrive sometime in December.

Blood of Luclin will send players to the moon. As one would expect, the expansion will see a new level cap of 120 for adventurers and tradeskillers, along with new quests and signature lines for both. Luclin will also feature new solo, heroic, and raid content, as well as new challenge modes and contested raid fights. Finally, the expansion will introduce the Overseer feature, which lets players recruit and send agents out to complete tasks to rake in rewards.

Beta testing for Blood of Luclin will begin on Tuesday, November 5th, sometime between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. EDT. The beta will be open to those who pre-order, which will be offered in Standard, Collector’s, Premium, and a new Friends and Family Bundle. This “experimental” bundle doesn’t have a lot of details right now, but the letter does mention that this will be set at “a fairly high price point.” We can assume it’s effectively multiple copies of the expansion to dish out to friends and family based on the bundle’s title alone.

In addition to the expansion news, the producer’s letter confirms a new Rivervale server launching on Tuesday, November 5th, that will feature no gated content and even let players create a level 90 character right from the jump. This server will be open to those who have a membership to the game.

Finally, the letter closes with word that Thursday, November 7th, will bring a new anniversary event to EverQuest II, which features an updated Heroes’ Festival and a new Dragons Attack 15th anniversary event. It also states that fans should keep their eyes peeled for November updates, which will provide news on Daybreak’s “teams and […] commitment to the franchise.”

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Aaron Weddle

announce EverQuest 3 wait a week and cancel it all in the same month

Mordyjuice
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Mordyjuice

Why level 90 though?

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Bruno Brito

You know, they could launch a f2p “classic” server with a hardened raid experience, and leave people with like 2 slots to simply taste the game.

EQ2 is an adventure. They should stop focusing on their lame non-prunned huge numbers lategame with 50 skills that doesn’t fit your bar, and go for a slow start.

I’m sure it would have a healthy pop, with people paying for convenience like alts, cosmetics and such. Lock on a small level ( 50/60 ) and go from there. Bring the old class system back to improve leveling progression, adjust the item system so you actually feel stats change, slow xp gain a bit so you have to finish a zone before overleveling it, and then, work from there, adding content from the new xpacs without making the old one obsoletes.

I can dream.

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Bruno Brito

I never said that all free players pay for everything. Free players are the content for p2players. Thing is, it wouldn’t really hurt them, just offer a good server, good progression, good systems and people will play.

This is EQ2, of course people would play and pay.

I like this fact because it is the last nail in the coffin of the “free players actually financially support EQ2” argument.

I don’t know about you, but if you think that DBG situation is anything sustainable, i have a bridge to sell you.

But hey, who am i to judge? I’m sure DBG is respecting EQ’s legacy and delivering great xpacs, and the game is brimming with paying players.

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Bruno Brito

And you can’t really blame them for that.

I don’t, it’s their game at the end of the day, but i find that direction to be pretty narrow foresight.

EQ’s problem is not the f2players nor the p2players. Those two groups are fine.

The entire problem with EQ’s lies with DBG. I’ve seen better progressive servers from private WoW servers, and those aren’t easy to pull off.

Instead of betting on the EQ’s franchise popularity and working towards a classic nostalgia server, without making it a bait and switch, since most their TLS are pathetic content wise ( extremely easy ), which is what i’m proposing here, they’ll keep narrowing down the people that play the game, and whaling it down, because the people that pay are few. Extremely few.

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malrats

This is really awesome. The idea of going back to Luclin makes me feel like a teenager again. :D

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Bruno Brito

In addition to the expansion news, the producer’s letter confirms a new Rivervale server launching on Tuesday, November 5th, that will feature no gated content and even let players create a level 90 character right from the jump. This server will be open to those who have a membership to the game.

Fun.

Alyn
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Alyn

The Overseer feature, hmmmmmm what does that remind of?
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Celestian

Did I miss something? Didn’t the moon get blown up? I’ve not played EQ2 in ages so I suppose it coulda been repaired but… just curious.

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XK

Yeah, I had the same question. Part of the EQ2 lore was that Luclin blew up. Maybe players will just be going to the fragments still seen in the sky?

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TheDarthStomper

It got fixed as a side effect of how Kerafyrm was finally neutralized. Dragon chrono magic and lots and lots of Gnomish duct tape.