EverQuest II

Original EverQuest designer rejoins dev team

Omri Petitte at

The original EverQuest released nearly 14 years ago, and its quest and class structure helped define a genre that would soon explode in popularity with World of Warcraft. It's still active to this day, and last week, its community celebrated (via Polygon) the return of Brad McQuaid, one of EverQuest's principal designers, back onto the original EQ team after over a decade apart.


Sony Online Entertainment announces EverQuest II: Chains of Eternity expansion

Omri Petitte at

In a letter posted by Producer Holly Longdale, Sony Online Entertainment revealed the ninth (!) expansion for its MMO workhorse EverQuest II entitled Chains of Eternity. No, the title's aptness didn't get past us - the announcement serves as a testament to the MMO's long-lasting existence.


SOE announces Player Studio: create and sell in-game items for EverQuest, PlanetSide 2

Tyler Wilde at

Sony Online Entertainment has announced Player Studio, a program which will enable players of SOE games to download sample geometry for in-game items, design and create their own items, and submit them for consideration to be sold on the SOE Marketplace.


Our five favorite MMO meet-ups

Josh Augustine at

I spent hundreds of hours with my guildmates last year, chatting online while downing dragons, super-villains, and other big bads. But every now and then, it’s good for a team’s morale to drop the daggers, get out of the house, and just hang out with each other.

More and more MMOs are hosting annual conventions to help their players do just that. But it’s not just the games that make each convention different — the theme, style, and length all vary as well. We've attended and rated the biggest of them inside...


PC Gamer US February issue: The Old Republic launch guide and 2012's biggest games!

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You've read the review, now build the best character, find the dev team's favorite items, survive your first PvP encounter, and get the most out of Star Wars: The Old Republic with our enormous 10-page launch guide and behind-the-scenes coverage. Then bury your nose deeper into the February 2012 issue of PC Gamer US for previews of 2012's biggest games, including Diablo III, BioShock Infinite, Guild Wars 2 (which may just change everything we know about MMOs), Mass Effect 3, and more, as well as an all-star lineup of reviews, including Minecraft, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Modern Warfare 3, and Assassin's Creed: Revelations.

You can find it all and more on newstands now! Or, if your house is surrounded by small rabid beasts which have somehow made it clear that only your flesh can satiate their voracious appetites, you may want to stay inside and check us out on Coverleaf.com and Apple Newsstand.


Exclusive: New EverQuest II trailer shows off revamped Freeport, city of EVIL

Nathan Grayson at

http://youtu.be/aNeFcKZ2PHY

Freeport. That's a nice name. It conjures up warm feelings of boundless possibility - and maybe a bunny or two. It's like a verbal hug. Now, though, it's almost hilariously un-apt, because Freeport's the most puppy-kickingly evil it's ever been. I'm talking jagged spiky towers, ominous red skies, and batteries that run on souls. Seriously. The revamp's coming to EverQuest II in Game Update 62, and you can find out all about it by watching the above video.


EverQuest II going free-to-play next month

Rob Zacny at

Another day, another MMO goes free-to-play. Sony Online Entertainment continues its transition away from the subscription model by doing away with EverQuest II's traditional subscription-only servers, starting in early December.

In a letter to fans, executive producer Dave Georgeson outlined why EQ2 is going F2P, and what the new payment structure will be.


Watch EverQuest II's raptor mount get drawn from scratch in this sweet time-lapse video

Greg Henninger at

World of Warcraft isn't the only MMO with kickin' raptor mounts: EverQuest has some of the fiercest looking dinos this side of the Cretaceous period for you to ride around on. We've got an exclusive five-minute video that shows the game's latest raptor leaper mount being designed from start to finish in excruciating, beautiful detail. Feast your eyes as SOE production artist Nate Temple starts with a blank canvas, creates the concept, colors it, and turns it into an armored dinosaur of war. Between the mesmerizing freehand Photoshop sketching and Temple's narration of his thoughts behind each detail, you may never look at raptors the same way again.


EverQuest II launching free-to-play servers!

Josh Augustine at

In a bold, unexpected move, SOE announced today that EverQuest II will be free-to-play...on some servers. It's a bit confusing, so allow us to break it down for you. EQII's existing subscription model will remain completely unchanged on existing servers, but in addition to them , SOE is launching new servers that will house an "EverQuest II Extended" version of the game that allows anyone to download the client and play through all of the content up through, and including, The Shadow Oddyssey expansion for free.