Daily Archives: September 2, 2016

EverQuest is Returning to Kunark as Well

Thanks to a nudge from Bhagpuss, I went over to the EverQuest site and read more than the first news entry this time.  As with EverQuest II, yesterday’s producer’s letter says that EverQuest will be returning to the island of Kunark for its 2016 expansion.

While EverQuest II went to Kunark last in 2007 with Rise of Kunark, leaving a 9 year gap between then and the upcoming Kunark Ascending (rise? ascend? is there a message in that?), EverQuest last went there in April of 2000 with the Ruins of Kunark expansion, the first of many expansions to the game, leaving nearly a 17 year gap between visits.

The only fully good MMO expansion ever

This box art is going to get a lot of use

After that long gap, EverQuest is going back with the Empires of Kunark expansion, due out this November.

As with the EverQuest II announcement I reported on earlier today, there are not any real details about the expansion aside from zone names and… well… that it will be set in Kunark.  I am sort of surprised it took them this long to get back there.  They’ve been back to Faydwer in one form or another a few times already.  Hell, they’ve done pirate/sea adventures as a theme twice now. (The Buried Sea and The Darkened Sea.)

More information about the expansion will follow later.  Daybreak says they are planning bonus events and sales to help players get ready for the expansion when it launches.

EverQuest II Returning to Kunark

Some companies announce an expansion a year or more in advance and spend the intervening time rolling out news and tidbits trying to build up fervor for the launch.

Not so Daybreak, nor SOE in its day.

Of course, Daybreak and SOE also crank out an expansion every single year for EverQuest II (and EverQuest as well!) with a couple of major game updates along the way.  And that is down from the two expansions a year plan they started out with.

So maybe they just don’t have the time for all of that.

Anyway, the time has finally come, and the name of the next expansion, expected in November, has been announcedEverQuest II is returning to island of Kunark with the Kunark Ascending expansion.

Kunark and the current zones

Kunark and the current zones

Kunark is, of course, a location of significance in the lore of Norrath, and the sight of the first EverQuest expansion as well as a past EverQuest II expansion.

The only fully good MMO expansion ever

The only fully good MMO expansion ever

So we have been to Kunark before.

One can hardly point an accusing finger at Daybreak for revisiting a previous location in an expansion.  Not only have they have done it before, but the last two World of Warcraft expansions, Warlords of Draenor and Legion, have both essentially been “what if…” scenario revisits to the story of the first expansion, The Burning Crusade.

So Kunark it is!

In what might be something of a reaction to a controversial aspect of the WoW Legion pre-invasion events… were they there to gear people up, level people up, or just pass the time until the expansion launched… Daybreak is offering double experience to all EverQuest II players this weekend, and there is a promise of more to come in October.  From the announcement:

To help you get your characters prepared for our next expansion, we are going to run another weeks-long “Gear Up, Level Up” event this year. There will be bonuses each week in October through to expansion launch, like adventure, AA, tradeskill XP bonuses, status boosts, and more!

So there it is, right out in the open, a chance to level yourself up and get ready for the new content.  Further details about the Kunark Ascending expansion are promised for October.

On the EverQuest side of the house, they are having a similar bonus experience event, though they have not yet announced their expansion plans.

Also, as a final reminder, the free level 95 character boost in EverQuest II expires in a few days.

Offer expires September 6, 2016

Offer expires September 6, 2016

Use it now or lose it forever!  I used mine.