|Massively explores EQ's upcoming expansion, Seeds of Destruction
Though we've interviewed the design team, read the lore as well as watched an introductory video, we were given our own tour of the expansion by Lead Designer Ryan Barker. You can join us in the tour either by clicking on the first picture below or heading after the jump to watch the 2 minute video of expansion highlights we recorded.
|Exploring Seeds of Destruction with the EverQuest design team
Join us now for another chat, this time with the heads of the EverQuest development team. EQ's Senior Producer Clint Worley and Lead Designer Ryan Barker chatted extensively with us about the new content.
|Unfolding the lore of EverQuest's Seeds of Destruction
The official EverQuest players site has begun a new series of articles exploring the lore of the game's upcoming expansion. Seeds of Destruction will feature a big leap forward in Norrath's storyline, catapulting players into the far-flung future of the world. This first piece frames the setting for that future, a bleak ruin inhabited only by a crazy god and a tree.
|EverQuest: Seeds of Destruction teaser trailer released
In conjunction with the deluge of EverQuest II news we've given you from Fan Faire today, there was also the announcement of an expansion to the original EverQuest as well. EverQuest: Seeds of Destruction features twenty new zones, a new Mercenaries system, a level cap raised to 85 and much more.
|Well met, fellow Norrathian! Make sure to check out all of our coverage of the next EverQuest II expansion, The Shadow Odyssey as well as Seeds of Destruction, the next expansion to EverQuest!|
Welcome to EverQuest Seeds of Destruction, the 15th expansion for EverQuest!
A new rift has opened in the Plane of Time. This rift leads to a bleak prophecy of the end of existence. The world of Norrath lies in ruins. The planet has shattered into millions of shards, spinning in a silent void around the rapidly blackening star of Ro.In the wreckage on a small shard of the world, a lone figure sits quietly tending a small seedling growing between the rocks. The lone figure is none other than the fallen god Zebuxoruk.
Zebuxoruk is certainly insane, but has a unique insight into the current state of the world and possibly might hold the knowledge to guide adventurers in the quest to prevent the destruction of Norrath. Only he can direct adventurers towards specific moments in time where the armies of Discord were able to disrupt the timeline.
If they are able to stop the forces of Discord, the destruction in The Void will slowly be repaired. If not, all hope will be lost.
- Level Cap Increase: Players can now achieve level 85. New high level item sets, new Alternate Advancement ability lines, new spells, and new skill caps come with this increase.
- New Content: New themed realms for adventurers to explore including Oceangreen, Bloody Kithicor, Field of Bone, Invasion of Earth, Kuua, and Discord. Travel through the rift in Time solo, with a group, or in raids to complete new quests, tasks, and events to acquire new items, spells, tradeskill recipes, and abilities.
- Mercenaries: Mercenaries are NPCs for hire that will aid adventurers in their heroic endeavors. Their levels and abilities will scale appropriately and they will think and act for themselves with limited player guidance. They are designed for extra support or extra muscle in PvE encounters.
- Unlike player pets, these NPCs are not directly controllable by players, though the player can give them general orders, but rather function like a normal party member including taking up a group slot and taking a share of the experience.
- Mercenary Liaisons can be found in all starting cities and will allow you to hire mercenaries based on their race. The Liaisons within the Plane of Knowledge and Oceangreen Village will allow you to hire mercenaries of any player race. These merchants can be found using the Find ability.
- Before purchasing a mercenary be sure to read the descriptions, cost value, and restrictions. There are different levels and tiers available. Some mercenaries may not available until you have completed certain content but there are some apprentice and journeyman ones available to all.
- There are two classes of Mercenaries available - Tank and Healer.
- Healer Mercenary: Healer mercenaries prefer to heal their owner and others in the group rather than engage directly in combat. These mercenaries can also resurrect players upon death.
- Tank Mercenary: Tank mercenaries prefer to melee. They will taunt if it is set to the main tank role. Though it will still attack and behave as a secondary tank if it is not set as main tank.
- Mercenaries can be suspended like a pet. There are some zones that will automatically suspend your mercenaries upon entering the zone.
- New Statue in Guild Hall: As a part of SOE's EverQuest and EverQuest II Living Legacy celebration that took place this summer, SOE and the Legends of Norrath team searched for two enthusiastic players who have what it takes to be immortalized in their favorite MMOs! Everyone was invited to submit their photos for this special contest. Out of all the submissions, Khyandys Aramyndan of the Altruistic Valorians guild on the Erollisi Marr server was selected as the winner for EverQuest! Her photo was transformed to a Legends of Norrath card and a statue of her character was placed within the Guild Hall in EverQuest! Congratulations Khyandys!
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- Altered the merchant value of the unfired and sealed Energeian Orbs.
- The "Elemental Form" AA lines have had their reuse delay reduced to 30 seconds.
- Added Cleric, Paladin, Druid, Beastlord and Ranger to the Quick Buff line.
- Changed Spell Casting Deftness to a 10%, 25% and 50% cast time haste to match Quick Buff.
- Focused Paragon of Spirit now requires players to purchase rank 3 of Paragon of Spirit before they can purchase the Focused Version. This will not impact anyone who currently has Focused Paragon.
- Citizens of Shadowhaven now proudly advertise the services they offer.
- Raid NPCs are now immune to Song of the Highsun.
- All guildmasters will now train research to skill 20 if the player is the appropriate level to gain the research skill.
A few new sets of items and recipes have been created for Tradeskills along with a few standard upgrades.
- Alchemy potions have been upgraded to level 85 and a few more illusion potions have been added.
- Baking received a new meat, with recipes to go along with it.
- Absinthe and another high-powered drink have been added in for Brewing.
- Jewelcraft received a new metal for the next power level of jewelry. There is also a new type of base jewelry for gold and up.
- Jewelcrafting, fletching, and pottery now play a major support role for smithing and tailoring.
- All Energeian power sources can now be made with pottery, including the raid power sources.
- New weapon recipes have been added for Smithing and Tailoring. These weapons are similar to cultural armor, but without the race/deity restrictions.
- A few new recipes have been added for Tinkerers to create some handy devices.
- Many spells have been added for Research, up to TSS Rank 2.
- Tome research has been implemented, which means that melee classes will be able to research tomes. All classes now have access to the research skill.
- Int caster classes will still be able to research all spells and songs for all classes. They are not able to research melee tomes.
- Pure melee classes will be able to research all tomes for all classes.
- Priest classes will be able to research spells that are usable by any priest class.
- Hybrid classes will be able to research any spell or tome that can be used by any hybrid class.
- Bards will be able to research any spell, tome, or song that can be used by any hybrid class.
- Corpses will now automatically decay after you receive an experience-granting resurrection while in hover mode.
- Corrected an issue that caused NPCs to not receive full damage when multiple projectiles hit them at the exact same time.
- Things that shouldn't have a con color (corpses, boats, etc.) will no longer display with a white con in the target window.
- Re-arranged the General Options tab to allow for more options.
- The Darkpaw quest givers in Oceangreen Hills are now marked as such.
- Oceangreen Hills: Fixed an issue with Captain Hiran Tillin where players could do his quests out of order and potentially cause progression problems with their characters.
- Apothecary Cadmael in Oceangreen Village no longer stocks Black Pearls, Black Sapphires, Diamonds or Quintessences of Knowledge.