Daybreak started off being a bit coy by announcing on Thursday that pre-expansion events had started and calling on adventurers to fight an onslaught of raging elementals without ever mentioning the actual expansion.
However, they could only stay mum for a day it seems, as yesterday they followed up with a short Producer’s Letter announcing the upcoming expansion Chaos Descending.
Details about the expansion are pretty scarce. We know the name, that it will carry on from last year’s Planes of Prophecy expansion in exploring the planar realms of Norrath, that you’ll encounter E’ci the Wintery guardian (because half of the names in original EverQuest were just something spelled backwards), and that it will launch in November.
Beyond that… well… I suppose we can guess about zones and raids and such. There will certainly be three flavors of the expansion, normal, collector’s, and premium, if the past is any guide. But we do not know if they will raise the level cap or not. There is some mystery in that I guess.
the Producer’s Letter has a few other items to follow on the expansion announcement.
Last year’s Planes of Prophecy expansion is currently half price and will remain so until October 1, 2018 if you want to catch up.
The Days of Summer event is still going, having a good four weeks left to run, which will put it into autumn for all practical definitions of the season in the northern hemisphere.
Finally, there will be a “gear up, level up” event starting on September 24th to help you get ready for the upcoming expansion.
Not to be down on this, but it sounds like the usual expansion plans complete with the unpredictable announcement cycle. I expect we should be hearing something soon for EverQuest as well. Still, any game still getting expansions after fourteen years (or nineteen in the case of EQ) can’t be doing that bad.
We’ll see if the rumors from May end up coming true. A couple have already (Just Survive is down and PlanetSide 2 is getting a new map) but I haven’t seen anything indicating that these are the last expansions for the current Norrath franchise yet.