SAN DIEGO, CA - September 21, 2005 - Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online gaming, has released EverQuest®II Desert of FlamesTM, the first expansion pack for the company's popular PC massively multiplayer online role-playing game (MMO) since its launch in November 2004. EverQuest II Desert of Flames, marking the game's first introduction to player-versus-player combat with vibrantly colorful new areas to explore, is available now for the suggested retail price of U.S. $29.99. This exciting expansion is in addition to regular updates subscribers have received throughout the past 10 months at no additional cost.
"We're very excited to have Desert of Flames out there for everyone to enjoy," said Scott Hartsman, senior producer for EverQuest II. "The Arabian nights themed areas in this classic fantasy setting made for a place to adventure like nothing we've done before in this game."
In Desert of Flames, players will experience exciting gameplay-changing features and can explore never-before-seen areas filled with new quests, monsters, and loot. Desert of Flames is centered around the newly discovered, vibrantly colorful city of Maj'dul. Set in an Arabian nights theme, players can choose to battle in special new arenas either against other players or against creatures in a new style of player-versus-player combat called Arena Champions. Other exciting features include a dozen new zones and epic encounters, over 30 new creatures, a level range increase to 60 for all players, and new voice-over emotes for player characters.
Players who purchase Desert of Flames at a retail store will get a magic genie bottle that will whisk them away to a secret location, and a special gazing orb for your character. In addition to in-game items, customers that purchase the retail version will also receive a poster map of the Isle of Ro. Those who purchase Desert of Flames digitally from Sony Online Entertainment will receive both the genie bottle and an in-game painting for their character's house.
For more information on EverQuest II Desert of Flames please visit: www.desertofflames.com.
About EverQuest® II Desert of Flames
EverQuest II is the next generation of massively multiplayer gaming, a huge online world where thousands of players come together for adventure and community. Featuring breathtaking graphics and a vast, beautiful game world to explore, as well as voices for almost all non-player characters, EverQuest II sets new standards in gameplay and immersion. Desert of Flames is the first expansion pack for EverQuest II.
The salt flats, mesas, spires and dunes in EverQuest II Desert of Flames provide the backdrop for exciting new adventures that will tell the tales of the people and creatures found in the Desert of Ro. Players of all classes can collect new creatures and pit them against each other in special arenas in the newly discovered city of Maj'Dul. Rather than watching the battle from the sidelines, players can become the champion, slinging spells and wielding weapons in a variety of combat scenarios. Player characters can also take their chances against these fearsome creatures or even challenge other players in battles for fame and glory. For the first time in an MMO, players will be able to scramble up crumbling cliffs in search of treasure and adventure in thrilling new zones all set within this colorful Arabian nights theme. With new epic encounters designed for levels 45 and up, and the rumor of fearsome twin metallic dragons, there are plenty of exciting new activities for everyone to enjoy in EverQuest II Desert of Flames.
- Arena champions: Take the form of new exotic creatures, or fight as your character, in battles for glory against other creatures or players.
- New movement: Search for treasure and find adventure in new areas by climbing up and down walls for the first time in an MMO.
- Voice-over emotes: Express yourself in a battle or expand your social circle with new voice emotes.
- Guild vaults: Share the loot of a hard won battle with the rest of your guild members.
- Level range increase: Now play up to level 60!
- New land: Discover over a dozen new zones and epic encounters.
- New creatures: Test your combat skills in battles with over 30 new fearsome creatures.
About Sony Online Entertainment
Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), a subsidiary of Sony Pictures Digital Inc., is a recognized worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online games, with hundreds of thousands of subscribers around the globe. SOE creates, develops and provides compelling entertainment for the personal computer, online, game console and wireless markets. Known for its blockbuster franchises and hit titles including EverQuest®, EverQuest® II, Champions of Norrath®, Untold LegendsTM, and PlanetSide®, as well as for developing Star Wars GalaxiesTM: An Empire DividedTM, SOE continues to redefine the business of online gaming and the creation of active player communities while introducing new genres on various entertainment platforms. Headquartered in San Diego, CA, with additional development studios in Austin, TX, Seattle, WA, and Taiwan, SOE has an array of cutting-edge online games in development.
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