SOEÂs fan base is energized, pumped, and anxiously awaiting the reveal of EverQuest Next at SOE Live this weekend. The event formerly known as SOE Fan Faire held its first of what became the annual event back in 2000. This weekend's event will see record-setting attendance according to SOE, who today announced that advance passes have officially sold out, and that the limited number tickets for reserved and walkups arenÂt expected to last too long once the event gets underway.
If you canÂt make it down to SOE Live, fear not. The event will be streamed live on Twitch and Ten Ton Hammer will have a team at the event to bring you all the latest news, developer panels, videos, interviews, and, of course, the reveal of EverQuest Next this Friday. Keep a check on our SOE Live Event Center for all the latest SOE Live coverage from Team Hammer this week.
If you're headed down to the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas to attend SOE Live this weekend, be sure to drop by and say hello to Team Hammer, who will be hosting a Pool Party Recovery Breakfast Saturday morning. It will be a good place to start the day and clear your head from the previous night's shenanigans to make sure that you're prepared for, well, Saturday night shenanigans.
RECORD-SETTING ATTENDANCE SETS THE STAGE FOR EVERQUEST NEXT WORLDWIDE DEBUT AT SOE LIVE
Sony Online Entertainment Sells Out of Advance Tickets For Annual Fan Event
"America's Got Talent" Artist Joe Castillo To Make Special Appearance
SAN DIEGO - July 30, 2013 - Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) today announced that its annual community fan event, SOE Live, is officially sold out of advance passes, and the extremely limited number of tickets that have been reserved for walkups are expected to sell out quickly. Founded in 2000 and formerly known as Fan Faire, SOE Live has grown to become the destination of choice for MMO players around the world. Players that are not able to experience SOE Live in person will have the opportunity to virtually join in the fun by tuning into the action on Twitch TV.
"Between the addition of our PlanetSide 2 and DC Universe Online communities, and the crowds anticipating the debut of EverQuest Next, this will be an extraordinary SOE Live," said Laura Naviaux, Senior Vice President of Global Sales & Marketing, Sony Online Entertainment. "Our players are our extended family, so every year we look for new ways to make SOE Live one of their best weekends ever. The official reveal of EverQuest Next is a long time coming, and we absolutely cannot wait for August 2. We're confident that it, along with the keynotes, pool party, panels, talent show and costume contest, will blow everyone away!"
The event, which will take place Aug. 1-4 at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, will feature content from nearly the entire portfolio of SOE titles, including EverQuest, EverQuest II, DC Universe Online, Free Realms, PlanetSide 2, Dragon's Prophet,Â as well as the much anticipated official worldwide debut ofÂ EverQuest Next.Â Developers will be hosting panel discussions on a variety of topics throughout the course of the weekend, and withÂ more thanÂ 100 separate eventsÂ scheduled, there promises to be endless entertainment. Highlights to mark on the calendar include:Â
- Debut ofÂ EverQuest NextÂ on Aug. 2 at Noon PT
- Tournaments in five different games featuring a prize pool of over $35,000
- A silent auction for a chance to claim epic loot
- Special guest appearance by sand artist,Â Joe Castillo,Â from "America's Got Talent"
- Annual 21+ "Pool Party," Costume Contest and Talent Show
For the full calendar of events, please check out the official lineup page.
Fans that cannot make it to SOE Live this year do not have to miss out on all of the action. SOE will be livestreaming the event, including all keynotes and tournaments, through Twitch TV. Be sure to tune in for the news on your favorite titles! Abbreviated schedule below:
Thursday, Aug. 1:
- 7 p.m. PT: Welcome Reception/EQ & EQII Keynotes: http://www.twitch.tv/soe
Â Friday, Aug. 2:
- 9:30 a.m. PT: Welcome to SOE Live Tournaments: http://www.twitch.tv/soeÂ
- 12 p.m. PT: Worldwide Debut of EverQuest Next: http://www.twitch.tv/everquestnextÂ
- 4 p.m. PT: DC Universe Online Keynote: http://www.twitch.tv/dcuniverseonline
- 6 p.m. PT: PlanetSide 2 Keynote: http://www.twitch.tv/planetside2
About SOE Live
Formerly known as Fan Faire, SOE Live is the ultimate gathering for the SOE community, and provides players an opportunity to celebrate their favorite games across SOE's popular portfolio of titles, including: DC Universe Online, Dragon's Prophet, EverQuest, EverQuest II, Free Realms, PlanetSide 2, PoxNora, Star Wars: Clone Wars Adventures, and Vanguard Saga of Heroes. Fans of all ages are welcome to meet the talented people behind some of the online world's most successful games, and gain access to developer panel discussions, major company announcements, game tournaments, player gatherings, premium swag and more. In addition to various social events, SOE hosts developer panel discussions and game-themed live events, giving attendees a chance to voice their opinions of current and upcoming game content.
About Sony Online Entertainment LLC
Sony Online Entertainment LLC (SOE) is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games.Â Best known for its blockbuster hits and franchises, includingÂ EverQuestÂ®, EverQuestÂ®Â II, Champions of NorrathÂ®, PlanetSideÂ®, Free RealmsÂ®, Star WarsÂ®: Clone Wars AdventuresÂ, DC UniverseÂ Online,Â and the recently launched PlanetSideÂ®2, SOE creates, develops and provides compelling online entertainment for a variety of platforms.Â SOE is building on its proven legacy and pioneering the future of online worlds through creative development and inspired gameplay design for audiences of all ages.Â To learn more, visitÂ www.soe.com.