In response to questions posted on the official EverQuest II forums about EverQuest Next and how it will affect the current games, developer Dave "SmokeJumper" Georgeson issued the statement that no news would be forthcoming for a very long time. He states, "The *earliest* we are currently considering that we *might* reveal info is late this year." He also noted that old screenshots should be disregarded as they had no relevance to the game in its current state.
Dave further addressed players' concerns about the Next version supplanting both the original EQ and EQII by assuring that "EQN is not being designed to replace those games." He does, however, acknowledge that the game could conceivably squash the other two if it was just astronomically better and everyone decided to play it instead. Massively readers chimed in not too long ago about their thoughts regarding jumping ship for sequels.