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  • It looks like Sony is previewing EQ2 - Kingdom of Sky at CES this week. Gamespot has the scoop.

    In story terms, Kingdom of Sky will focus on the warriors' of Norrath's battle against the residents of the Overrealm, a mystical and previously undiscovered territory consisting of islands floating high above the land. Players will begin to see in-game clues, such as NPC dialogue, indicating that those reaching a high enough level will be able to erect "teleportation spires" that they can then use to travel to the Overrealm and battle the creatures dwelling there, who intend to enslave and conquer Norrath.

    Some of the new beings you'll find in the Overrealm include humanoid races resembling eagles and vultures, as well as a number of rather fearsome dragon bosses. We got to see one particularly fearsome bone dragon dungeon boss that ought to provide some nice loot for fearless adventurers. The islands and architecture of the Overrealm have a classical, Middle Eastern-influenced look to them, as well.

    Good to see the Warriors getting some lovin.

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    Fri, Jan 06, 2006
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  • Sony has put up four new Screenshots of it's upcoming expansion Kingdom of Sky. They've also given us a release date. February 21, 2006 is the big day!

    Now like most of you old EQ players out there, I'm sure that this new expansion reminds you greately of the Plane of Sky. And if you were in Ellar Dobluth on The Rathe server with me in the early days, this also reminds you of Eero getting his butt kicked by the short kid after mouthing off to him. Good times... good times..

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    Thu, Jan 05, 2006
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  • I'm always a fan of new screens, especially when the new screens contain my most anticipated game. You can check out the new Screenshots of Vanguard: Saga of Heroes at the official site.

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    Wed, Jan 04, 2006
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  • After multiple shortie packs (what I call adventure packs) Sony is releasing it's new Expansion pack Kindom of Sky. No release date was announced.

    "Kingdom of Sky offers something for all of our EverQuest II players," said Laura Naviaux, senior brand marketing manager, Sony Online Entertainment. "For the seasoned EQII player, Kingdom of Sky increases the amount of high level content in a world filled with intrigue and the potential destruction of Norrath by the evil dragon lords. The second expansion pack brings the excitement of dragon battles and is timed to coincide with the newly-added Player vs. Player (PvP) action."

    Read the entire press release here

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    Wed, Jan 04, 2006
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  • GamerGod wraps up it's three part interview with Everquest 2 Community Manager BlackGuard.

    Nine: Being part of the creative team involved with EQ2, would you say you have more of an advantage than the average player has in terms of knowing plot details for storylines, NPC’s for quest turn ins, and general information that the average consumer has to find out on their own?

    I have the ability to take advantage of the information available to me, but that usually ruins the fun. To be honest, if I get stuck on a quest, I do the same thing that everyone else does (ask in guild chat, bug people in the "LFG" channel on our server that nobody looks for a group in, or hit up a website with spoilers).

    In terms of lore and plotlines, I probably do know a little more than the average player. That may change in the future as we start releasing more and more lore as weekly features. EverQuest II has a heck of a lot of lore to it, and we want people to know more about it because the stories are part of the heart of the game.

    zips her mouth shut to refrain from the comment hovering on her lips

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    Mon, Jan 02, 2006
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  • Part two of their three part series is up with EverQuest 2 Community Manager Blackguard.

    Four: Having worked your way around the different positions within SOE, what would you say was your most favorite, and why?

    I've been in QA, Community Relations, and was even an Apprentice Designer for a while. My favorite so far is Community Relations Manager, because I get to do a little bit of everything. I love working with communities, and I love influencing the direction of the game (read: ranting and raving to people in person or via really really long emails). This position is a perfect fit, because, obviously, I work a lot with the community, and I'm in a Lead position on the game team.

    Uh.. yeah! Good times.. good times!

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    Fri, Dec 30, 2005
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  • Ok.. imagine this.. Me bouncing around my house clad in my spongebob jammies in the state of kindergarten excitement. Now if you've envisioned that, multiply it by one thousand and you'll come close to the absolute divinity that is my excitement right now.

    Hello all!

    Vanguard: Saga of Heroes has entered Beta 2!

    It is an exciting time for us as we begin to gradually invite more people into Beta to help us continue to test and develop Vanguard and make it the game we are all waiting to play!

    Thank you for your support as we enter this next phase of our development. We look forward to seeing many more of you in Beta soon ™!

    Ok.. I'm going to go camp my email. You guys are on your own! bounces off in bliss

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    Fri, Dec 16, 2005
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  • OGaming has a fluff piece up with Heather Graham, SOE's Antonia BayleShe's like.. kind of a gamer.. but like.. not really.. cause like.. she has better things to do..

    "It was an amazing experience to take part in. I was really pleased by how good of a fit it was, too."OGaming: Do you actually play the game now that it’s out and in the public eye?

    HG: Once in a while. And if I do, it’s under an anonymous character, the same way that anybody else would. That’s part of the fun: getting to not be yourself for at least a little while…

    Looks like she really tries to be nice about the whole gaming issue throughout the interview. SOE must still be paying her to do press.

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    Mon, Dec 12, 2005
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  • Yes, I'm bitter!
    Eurogamer gives EverQuest 2: Desert of Flames a 7/10 for lack of low-to-mid-level content. This is like the 15th review I've read that's all about how great DoF is, then, bam! it hits the "too high level" concrete bridge abutment. Every MMO expansion is going to be geared to the top tier of the playerbase, folks. If you can point out one expansion that's absolutely chock full of lowbie content, email me and I'll eat my hat or something!

    Like the Trials of Obi-Wan expansion for Star Wars Galaxies, Desert of Flames falls down slightly not because it's not entertaining, not because it lacks content, not because it doesn't play well, but because its scope is too narrow to include everyone. If you're a high level character who's done everything in EQ2, then this expansion is a must, but hey, next time guys, release something that all your players can enjoy.

    By this logic, "The Burning Crusade" ought to get a 7/10 too, but I betcha it won't; it's WoWftw. Blah. /rant off Eurogamer scorches EverQuest 2's "Desert of Flames" expansion.
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    Wed, Dec 07, 2005
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  • BFGs for your BFRs
    Gamecloud sits down with Thom Terrezas, project manager for SOE's sleeper MMOFPS PlanetSide to discuss how the game's done since launch 2 years ago.

    Thom Terrazas - PS has gone through a lot of exciting changes since launch. Some of the more notable features we are proud of include localizing PlanetSide in China; Merit/Award Commendations; Battle Islands; BFR’s; and the Event System. We have a very vocal community that gives us great feedback on a daily basis. We try to be as responsive as possible to their suggestions. Like us, they just want the game to become better and better.

    Head to Gamecloud to see the interview with PlanetSide's Thom Terrezas
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    Thu, Dec 01, 2005
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