Destined to remain ever in the shadow of World of Warcraft, EverQuest II has its fifteenth anniversary coming up in November, just a few weeks before WoW celebrates the same milestone.
Daybreak published a Producer’s letter for both EverQuest titles yesterday which give some details, and more hints, at what to expect from the coming anniversary.
This will be a new style of server, with players starting as level 85 heroic characters… nice to use a mechanic that is already in place… and content through the House of Thule expansion unlocked, with further expansions unlocking every 2-3 months. The details are not set yet, so there will be further updates as the plans mature.
The EverQuest II update offers both more and less when it comes to anniversary celebration details.
A progression server for EQII is also planned, also featuring players starting off with level 85 heroic characters, with content unlocked through the Chaos Descending expansion.
There are also mentions of completely new server-wide event on live servers, including a dragon themed event that will reward players with something never before seen in the game. As before, more details will be made available as the events draw closer.
The Producer’s letters for both games also reference the coming expansions for each game. While no names or themes were mentioned, both will see a increase in level cap, boosting the top level in EverQuest to 115 and in EverQuest II to 120. As is customary, the current expansions for both games are now available for a discounted price.
There was also a mention of in-game bonuses for the coming US Labor Day holiday, and a reminder that the next update for EverQuest II, which includes the annual summer panda event, will land on August 27th.
August 27th is also the official opening date for WoW Classic, so in a way history continues to repeat itself.
Finally, there is also a poll linked in both producer’s letter related to a possible EverQuest oriented player event, possibly for next year.
Addendum: The latest episode of The EverQuest Show has some extra screen shots from the next EverQuest expansion which they have posted to their site if you want to examine them for clues as to what to expect.
Also on this topic, Inventory Full has a post up about both producer’s letters.
And Massively OP has their own update on the letters.