18th EverQuest Expansion, Veil of Alaris, Available for Pre-Order

Just because I have been on an EverQuest coverage binge with the Fippy Darkpaw progression server, I thought I would mention that SOE has announced that the 18th EverQuest expansion, the Veil of Alaris, is available for pre-order from now through November 14th.

The Veil... On Sale!

The expansion is $39.99 as a pre-order through November 14th… and $39.99 if you order on November 15th or after.  So the only question there is, “40 bucks for an expansion? Do you think you’re WoW or something?”

There is also Digital Collector’s Edition because, God help us, there always is one of those these days.

The pre-order version is $59.99 through November 14th and, I kid you not, $89.99 if you order on November 15th or after.  90 bucks, so if you have to have it, get it now I guess.

There are two items, according to the list, that you only get in the November 14th or before pre-order with either the standard or collector’s edition.

  • Resplendent Sword Ornamentation
  • Painting: Original EverQuest Box Art

The painting actually sounds pretty good.  I’d like that in EQII, where I can actually afford the upkeep on a house.

The expansion itself adds the following to the game, copied directly from their site, so the prose is all official SOE and not my own:

  • Go from 90 to 95 – Achieve a New Max Level of 95 and set a new standard of gameplay
  • Improved Hotbars! – Have better control of your characters experience with a revamp of the Hotbar system including the ability to display more hotbars with more buttons; assign icons to individual buttons; link and click on items from your hotbar instead of hot-swappping; and cool-down timers!
  • Parcel & Coin Delivery system – Mail items and coin to your friends while they are offline; share profits from your adventures with your friends and receive items from them easier than ever before!
  • New Guild Halls – Take Guild Halls to new heights with an integration of Tools and Functionality derived from EverQuest’s robust Housing System. Customize and place your guild hall in one of our housing zones including multiple exterior and interiors.
  • New Guild Rank-Based permission system – Personalize your Guilds with namable ranks and customizable permissions
  • New Guild Trophies with varying bonuses!
  • More than 800 AAs – Elevate your power and abilities beyond the norm
  • 13 Raids – Collect valuable rewards from all new adventures
  • 12 Zones – Be the first to discover untouched lands of Norrath
  • 500+ Spells – Exponentially add to your spell arsenal
  • 20 Missions – Experience intriguing lore and immersive Missions
  • 110+ Quests – Challenge your skills and gather useful loot
  • Legends of Norrath™ – 5 Digital Booster Packs

I have to imagine that the whole improved hotbar system is most likely the only feature I will notice, given that I am in the low 20s on Fippy Darkpaw and somewhere in my 40s on Luclin.  And I am going to guess I will get that for free no matter what I do.  So I will likely pass on this expansion.

I suppose it says something that SOE at least thinks it can sell a 90 dollar box… a 90 dollar virtual box… for the 18th expansion of a 12 year old game.

I mean, the 90 dollar WoW collector’s editions take up a crap load of space on your book shelf, but at least you get a physical art book and the music from the expansion on a CD.

I guess they know who they have over a barrel… those people who need to have it all, even if “all” is all virtual these days.

How about you?  Who out there is eager to hit level 95?

Or who is at least happy to see an update to the EQ hot bars?

7 thoughts on “18th EverQuest Expansion, Veil of Alaris, Available for Pre-Order

  1. bhagpuss

    Haven’t bought the last two expansions and not going to buy this one. My highest character’s 84th and that last level was murder. Going to stick to sub-80 gameplay here on in, I think. That’s immensely fun with mercs. Above that. at least with my gear, it turns into very hard work.

    If I was playing regularly rather than just popping in and out, I’d buy the expansion with housing. More levels in EQ, though, I really don’t need.

    I agree the pricing seems a bit…ambitious. I hope the EQ2 expansion, which I definitely will be buying, doesn’t exceed that $40. That’s usually £29.99 here, which I am fine with.

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  2. flosch

    90 dollars is pretty impressive.
    I’m just trying to figure out what you need the extra hotbars for. Isn’t EQ still on a system of “choose a very limited amount of abilities that you can use at any point in time”? So now you can put the same ability on your hotbars 5 times to fill them?

    Only reason I could think of, if that is still true, is to have several presets ready. Whenever you change your spell choices, take a different preset hotbar to have anything ready to go. But that doesn’t sound like a huge issue that would warrant second spot on a list, before AAs, zones, raids, and quests; so I guess I’m missing something.

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  3. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @flosch – I think you are referring to the magic system, which only lets you make a few spells (7 or 8, depending on the circumstances, if I recall right) available for immediate use. (Which makes you wonder why anybody would need 500+ MORE SPELLS!)

    Hot bars in EQ are combat abilities, emotes, text, and macros combined into one. They can be anything from the big sense direction ability to a series of role play emotes.

    The hot bars are awkward, at least when you have been away from the game for a while. I always have to relearn how to use them from scratch every time I go back.

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  4. flosch

    @Wilhelm: Oh, true, macros. I just didn’t imagine people would use so many of them that they’d actually run out of space continuously, but then, I never played past level 18 or so, so what do I know about the game. ;-)

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  5. Kevin Brill (@kevinbrill)

    “Parcel & Coin Delivery system – Mail items and coin to your friends while they are offline; share profits from your adventures with your friends and receive items from them easier than ever before!”

    Dear EQ, I’d like to take this opportunity to welcome you to 2004.

    If this really is an in game mail system, I would have thought it’d be a little higher on the backlog than the 18th expansion…

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  6. SynCaine

    $90…. that’s amazing.

    Just goes to show you though, even if every game you have released SINCE 1999 performs terribly, so long as you have that one MMO, you can print money and then burn it on things like DCUO, FR, PotBS, Vanguard, MO, EQOA, Agency, and what have you. Plus feel free to get hacked and shut down for a month or so. It’s cool, 18th expansion coming to save the day!

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  7. Wilhelm Arcturus Post author

    @Kevin – On the one hand, I agree. Oooh, in-game mail! How modern! Welcome to the 21st century!

    On the other hand, you have to give them credit for trying to keep the game updated over time. They have gotten along without such a thing for 12 years. They could easily just pour out a few more zones, a few more raids, raise the level cap, and called it day.

    @SynCaine – I have to check, but I think $90 might be a new record for SOE. I cannot recall them ever having charged so much… and for a digital only copy to boot.

    I do not know about EVERY SOE game performing terribly, but certainly nothing SOE has done since EQ appears to have surpassed EQ in subscriptions or general popularity.

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