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 announced. EverQuest II is returning to island of Kunark with the Kunark Ascending expansion.
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.
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.
Use it now or lose it forever! I used mine.