Meanwhile, over in the land of Norrath, Daybreak has started giving us glimpses of the next EverQuest II expansion, Renewal of Ro.
It came up as a bit of a tease with the EverQuest II producer’s letter last month, but there wasn’t much to go with it other than a splash screen, so the time did not seem ripe yet.
But things are starting to move along. The roadmap that they put out in January, and have stuck to admirably (most roadmaps begin to fall apart at the six month mark in my experience) has October slated as the beginning of the Beta, the start of pre-expansion events, and your chance to pre-purchase the expansion.
And you can’t start selling an expansion without telling everybody what it is about, so we have the initial description:
While on a valiant quest to help aerakyn return to their original thread of reality, adventurers find themselves going back to the brutal island of Ro, but this time on the southern half of the flaming desert. Here, with the help of a local tribe of Hizite nomads, they will make their way across the unforgiving Raj’Dur Plateaus, to explore what is left of the Elddar Empire’s cursed city, the long Buried Takish’Hiz, before finding themselves within the renewed Takish Badlands, as they are led into the treacherous Sandstone Delta by the machinations of a notorious foe. They will come face-to-face with Raj’Dur bandits, power-hungry djinn, desert madmen, cursed Elddar, Dunetooth goblins, the Mhyt-moo school of Yha-lei, the Stormfury and Swordfury cyclops clans, and the Ortallian zealots of Ro, not to mention the glorious heroes they will team up with along the way.
There is more available on the expansion page. I’m honestly not sure what all of that means, but we seem to be going back to the Desert of Flames setting, which was the site of the first expansion… only things seem more green.
As for what is coming with the expansion, the bullet points are very familiar:
- Rise above the rest with 5 new Ascension levels and spells.
- Epic Spell Quests – Embark on an adventure to discover and upgrade an all new powerful epic spell for your class.
- Discover new Adventure, Tradeskill, and Signature quests in the unexplored regions of the deserts of Ro.
- Conquer all new Solo, Heroic, and Raid content. Return to the flaming desert! Rediscover Takish’Hiz!
Going back to the Desert of Ro does stoke a bit of nostalgia in me. I was playing EverQuest II semi-seriously back during Desert of Flames. But my experience with the last expansion wasn’t great… though the joy of EQII expansions is that you can just skip over the old stuff and start right away in the new. There is always a chest of catch up equipment at the entrance waiting for you.
As for what it costs, the price ranges from reasonable to outrageous, depending on what you really want. From the expansions order page:
- Standard Edition – $34.99
- Collector’s Edition – $69.99
- Premium Edition – $139.99
- Family & Friends Edition – $249.99
The standard edition will get you in the door… and comes with a level 120 boost, while the friend’s and family gets you a whole truck load of stuff, including an extra copy of the standard edition that you can trade in-game.
The expansion itself isn’t due out until December, so we have a while to go yet. But the march to launch has begun.