EverQuest recently announced that the Commonlands graphics update went in with the last big patch. In addition to the graphics update, the two Commonlands zones have been merged into a single zone.
The updated graphics look really good. The real shame is that very few people will see the update. While I was taking these screenshots I saw only a single player character.
Looking towards Freeport. Here I have a comparison shot with the old graphics.
Here is the first set of buildings in the zone. The trees are greatly improved. They do not look like they are cardboard cut-outs from a grade school production any more.
Here is the updated version of the bigger building that sits deeper in the zone. I have the graphics turned all the way up, so I see all the foliage. There are even butterflies flitting about in the day time.
The Commonlands tunnel where, if you played pre-Bazaar, you know used to be the location of the ad-hoc bazaar.
The undead tower. It even has some bats flying around the pinnacle.
A cutthroat camp. The fire looks much better than before.
An orc camp at the far end of the zone.
Unfortunately I kept forgetting that, in EverQuest, the dash key on the keypad is the screen shot key, not the Print Screen key, so I missed a few locations. I will have to go back again.