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Old 10-16-2012, 03:33 PM   #1
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EverQuest II’s 9th expansion Chains of Eternity™ is now available for pre-order! The thrilling Chains of Eternity brings Norrathians to a realm that was never meant to be visited by the living: Ethernere! EverQuest II: Chains of Eternity™ features new prestige abilities, including prestige tradeskills, and a level cap increase to 95 for adventuring, tradeskilling, and guilds. Players will also get to adventure through challenging new dungeons, quests, and two spirit realm overland zones!

There are two versions of the expansion available:

Standard Edition - $39.99

  • Cloak of Mourning (Pre-Order Exclusive!)
  • Drinal’s Scythe Replica – Mounted
  • 2 x Scroll of Resurrection

Collector’s Edition - $59.99 Pre-Order Special Price(Regular Price $89.99)

  • Cloak of Mourning (Pre-Order Exclusive!)
  • Drinal’s Scythe Replica – Mounted
  • 2 x Scroll of Resurrection
  • Hero’s Blessing of Experience
  • 1 x 6 hour 100% XP potion
  • 2 x Portal Globe of Swift Travel
  • 2 x Health Potion
  • 2 x Power Potion
  • Firiona Vie Memorial Tapestry
  • Krivix Honorclaw – Werewolf Mercenary

Order now and get ready to take the perilous and exciting journey to the place where no living Norrathian has been before! It’s time to head to Ethernere!

UPDATE! Here are images of the in-game items that will be included with this expansion.

Pre-Order Exclusive for Standard and Collector's Editions - Cloak of Mourning

Standard and Collector's Editions - Drinal's Scythe Replica - Mounted

Collector's Edition Only - Firiona Vie Memorial Tapestry

Collector's Edition Only - Krivix Honorclaw Mercenary (Choice of Paladin or Templar)

 

UPDATE #2: Here is an image of the new addition to the Collector's Edition, an Ethernere Wyvern.

 

Also, SOE Live attendees who pre-order the Collector's Edition will receive it at a discounted rate of $20.00 USD (or foreign currency equivalent). This is acting as an "upgrade" to the Standard Edition you received for attending SOE Live. To take advantage of this offer, you will need to go through the normal pre-order process to purchase the Collector's Edition. When your card is charged, you will be charaged the discounted rate as long as you place the order from the same account you registered with from SOE Live and place the order during the pre-order period (now through 11:59pm Pacific on November 12, 2012). 

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Old 10-16-2012, 04:17 PM   #2
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Any chance of screenies of the in game items and info about the merc? SMILEY

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Old 10-16-2012, 04:24 PM   #3
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No house? No mount? That kind of stinks! A bunch of expendable potions..*grumble*

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Old 10-16-2012, 04:30 PM   #4
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Couple questions...

Can we get a screen shot somewhere of the cloak, the scythe, and the tapestry and can we get more info about the mercenary?

Also, since people are bound to ask. Does this expansion come with all previous expansions? Or is it like AoD in the fact that AoD did not come with any previous expansions?

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Old 10-16-2012, 04:49 PM   #5
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The image link to the pre-order page has two separate of your bullet points (Hero's Blessing of XP, and the potion of experience 6hr) listed as a single item in the checkmark grid. Which version is actual?

Could the items be futher elaborated on as per char or per account down the list please?

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Old 10-16-2012, 04:59 PM   #6
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No house? No mount? That kind of stinks! A bunch of expendable potions..*grumble*

Yeah, I am very disappointed too.  SMILEY

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Old 10-16-2012, 05:05 PM   #7
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Does includes the previous expansions? I do have Sentinels Fate, but I wanna comeback. Do I need to buy DoV, the AoD then CoE?

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Old 10-16-2012, 05:09 PM   #8
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redwoodtreesprite wrote:

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No house? No mount? That kind of stinks! A bunch of expendable potions..*grumble*

Yeah, I am very disappointed too. 

^^^^^ This SMILEY 

Although I'd still like to see a pic of the tapestry, please! I doubt it's worth the extra $20... but let's see :p

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Old 10-16-2012, 06:02 PM   #9
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Some kind of joke.... i mean, 40 bucks without any goodies and 20 bucks more for a few potions and fluff stuf... without any information or pics? what will be the merc?

i still remember that when eq2 went f2p, where they said, expacs come free ^^ also.... it was canceled ^^ after seeling those AoD stuff, with almost got only the bl ^^

As population goes down, prices are rising? ^^

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Old 10-16-2012, 06:10 PM   #10
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Erevis_Cale wrote:

Couple questions...

Can we get a screen shot somewhere of the cloak, the scythe, and the tapestry and can we get more info about the mercenary?

Also, since people are bound to ask. Does this expansion come with all previous expansions? Or is it like AoD in the fact that AoD did not come with any previous expansions?

Thanks.

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Does includes the previous expansions? I do have Sentinels Fate, but I wanna comeback. Do I need to buy DoV, the AoD then CoE?

It is because the term, "expansion", was redefined back then. Expansion meant optional things you didn't need to play with other people and experience content.

It seems they have redefined it again to mean the paid for content you need to play with people.

AoD was never a content "expansion". It is only an optional, shall we say, "fun pack".

Those potions don't seem to be worth $20 in SC since they are what you can buy in the SC Marketplace.

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Old 10-16-2012, 06:16 PM   #11
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Just put in the prices for the xpacs dollar euro.... and then hit the button purchase on the eq2 site.... well.... let see for yourself.... why do euro players have to pay more? cant be the taxes or?

AoD... i do payed for as i thought, content will be delivered free of charge... what i do and still think would be great and fun packs would be released (which i still have bought ^^)

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Old 10-16-2012, 06:26 PM   #12
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Collector’s Edition - $59.99 Pre-Order Special Price(Regular Price $89.99)

  • 2 x Scroll of Resurrection - Garbage
  • Hero’s Blessing of Experience - Garbage
  • 1 x 6 hour 100% XP potion - Garbage
  • 2 x Portal Globe of Swift Travel - Garbage
  • 2 x Health Potion- Garbage
  • 2 x Power Potion - Garbage
  • Firiona Vie Memorial Tapestry
  • Krivix Honorclaw – Werewolf Mercenary
  • Cloak of Mourning (Pre-Order Exclusive!)
  • Drinal’s Scythe Replica – Mounted
With all the garbage now sorted out, the difference between the collectors and the standard boils down to a tapastry and a merc.  
Merc:
  • What kind of merc? 
  • One per character?
Tapestry
  • Pics?
  • One per character?
Standard editon
Cloak
  • Pics?
  • One Per Character?
Scythe
  • Pics?
  • One Per Character?
Hopefully with it spelled out someone at SOE will answer.  Although I expect smoke won't let them until he has a chance to show it off at SOE Live.
So $20 extra for merc and a tapestry?  
You can't count the rest of the garbage as you can get all of those with SC, and when you get double or triple sc, the price becomes a joke so those are nothing more than a play to get you to use something so you might buy more later.

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I'm considering the pre order. But I'd like to see more then two screenshots before I buy it.  One month before release I would think there would be a trailer too.  Your marketing department is slacking lol.

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No house? No mount? That kind of stinks! A bunch of expendable potions..*grumble*

I must agree with that one. So far the information provided about the addon is a complete "meh" to me (except maybe just seeing the zones - but these are end of high level range I guess?

Me personally I switched off leveling over a year ago at level 72 and now enjoy whatever content there is and gather AA and equipment. That might be special case, I'm aware but because of this I'm not interested in level increases or areas above the level anything makes sense for me. I have the Velious Collectors Edition because of the mount and pet and portal pictures and all that ingame stuff - that was a nice one despite being mostly about a level I'm not yet interested about.

And this time we have consumables I don't care about at all, a Merch without pics or any data and ... who cares about the cloak, I have tons of cloaks. The scythe house item maybe is not too bad, the tapestry ... meh, I've a lot  of these too.

And there is no information whatsoever about the level range that addon makes sense except maybe implying that only people on the high level end will benefit from the zones and quests. The adornments and prestige thingies I care rather little for too - I want more quests in existing zones instead of more features that make rebalancing equipment AGAIN a nightmare.

Btw there are more information online, there was the mail with cloak pic: http://newsletters.station.sony.com...reOrder_Img.jpg

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Old 10-16-2012, 06:50 PM   #15
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I have to admit I am also very dissapointed about what the "Collector's Edition" gives you. I do not care about consumables, because they are just that. They are not something that will stay. What about mounts, furniture, houses, anything that people can use that are for the people that don't spend all of their time lvling and doing content, but decorating as well.

Also it is nice to be able to pre-order, but when will the expansion actually come out and will the $$ come out just before the expansion is released again, like it did with the last one?

Thank you, and I really hope you will take into consideration what people have said here, and maybe add some items to the collector's edition.

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Old 10-16-2012, 07:45 PM   #16
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BOX EDITION PLZ! 

I'm not handing over my Debit/Credit card to SOE.

You said and I quote...

Dexella wrote:

 we will no longer accept Station Cash as a payment method for Expansions and DLC Packs. Real-world currency will be the only way to purchase these products.

Hello?! I thought cash money was "real-world currency." Matter of fact, technically debit/credit is VIRTUAL currency.

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Old 10-16-2012, 07:47 PM   #17
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Hirofortis wrote:

 

Collector’s Edition - $59.99 Pre-Order Special Price(Regular Price $89.99)

  • 2 x Scroll of Resurrection - Garbage
  • Hero’s Blessing of Experience - Garbage
  • 1 x 6 hour 100% XP potion - Garbage
  • 2 x Portal Globe of Swift Travel - Garbage
  • 2 x Health Potion- Garbage
  • 2 x Power Potion - Garbage
  • Firiona Vie Memorial Tapestry
  • Krivix Honorclaw – Werewolf Mercenary
  • Cloak of Mourning (Pre-Order Exclusive!)
  • Drinal’s Scythe Replica – Mounted
With all the garbage now sorted out, the difference between the collectors and the standard boils down to a tapastry and a merc.  
Merc:
  • What kind of merc? 
  • One per character?
Tapestry
  • Pics?
  • One per character?
Standard editon
Cloak
  • Pics?
  • One Per Character?
Scythe
  • Pics?
  • One Per Character?
Hopefully with it spelled out someone at SOE will answer.  Although I expect smoke won't let them until he has a chance to show it off at SOE Live.
So $20 extra for merc and a tapestry?  
You can't count the rest of the garbage as you can get all of those with SC, and when you get double or triple sc, the price becomes a joke so those are nothing more than a play to get you to use something so you might buy more later.

This.  And, it's $20 more *if* you get it pre-order.. after that, it's a whopping $50 (!!!) more! For. a. tapastry. a merc. and. comsumeables!!  Ouch! I bet the tapastry is really neat.. but no way can it be that neat! I'll be waiting for the expansion to go on sale some day and then I'll probably only get the regular version.

I mean.. really. guys...this doesn't seem well thought out.

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Need more info on the merc before I can decide if I want CE or not.

1) What is the merc's archetype? Fighter? Healer? Mage? Scout?

2) Is the merc elite level? Sksyrhine level? Regular merc level but with a werewolf skin?

3) What is the upkeep on the merc? 3p, 25g, free?

4) Is it one per account or one per character?

If you answer me those questions and it's better than the SS mercs, you can have my $40 for 2 copies (myself and boyfriend) quite easily. Else, I am just going to get regular with no info. SMILEY

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Pakhet wrote:

Need more info on the merc before I can decide if I want CE or not.

1) What is the merc's archetype? Fighter? Healer? Mage? Scout?

2) Is the merc elite level? Sksyrhine level? Regular merc level but with a werewolf skin?

3) What is the upkeep on the merc? 3p, 25g, free?

4) Is it one per account or one per character?

If you answer me those questions and it's better than the SS mercs, you can have my $40 for 2 copies (myself and boyfriend) quite easily. Else, I am just going to get regular with no info.

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All valid questions so far.  There is a real lack of detailed information to make informed decisions. 

The picture of the cloak leaves me cold;  consumables likewise.

When does the sale end so I can budget?

I hope the information is coming in the next few days before the SOE event.

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I'll echo what others are saying here ... Including a pile of Station Cash items with the Collector's Edition is a complete lack of effort and sales will come to reflect it. In previous editions we have had unique houses and mounts that aren't obtainable through any other means. Unless this merc comes wearing End-Game Raid gear and the Tapestry features some T&A, this buy won't even be close to worth it.

This being 40 dollars more when not at the pre-order price? Hahaha... There really are no words.

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So once again, SOE expects us to hand over a box-level price for a digital download CE, and this time they don't even give us the -illusion- of real effort, by stuffing the CE with consumables that are available from the SC Marketplace. Consumables that I'm willing to bet most high-level players don't give a squirrel's nut about. And then they hope we won't notice that we, the players, are getting royally hosed.

Guess what? We noticed.

Your pre-order price is a joke, and not even a good one. Your -regular- price is another slap in the face to anyone who has even a grain of common sense in their head.

You're not going to listen to me...you never do. You're not going to listen to your remaining fanatically loyal players...you never do. But because I -am- loyal, and because I -want- this franchise to endure, I'm going to say it anyway:

Get. Your. Act. Together.

Collector's Edition purchasers don't want consumable crap. They want lasting items that they can continue to enjoy for months or even years after the expansion is released. Items that they can share with others. I -still- get a kick out of my baby dragon (from the original CE) wandering around. My cloth map is patiently waiting to be framed. My collector's coins usually sit on my desk, next to my pewter figurines from Shadow Odyssey and Sentinel's Fate. I still ride my Stormfeather Brood Guardian. My paintings hang in the Soulfire Art Gallery. A Soulfire Annex is built in an Everfrost Summer Home. These things -endure-. These things make Collector's Editions worth buying.

A cloak, two house items, and a Mercenary you've told us nothing about...these don't add up to a Collector's Edition level release. You're expecting us to pay the same amount as your last release, for less.

Ditch the consumables, and get something tangible in there. A mount. A home. A pet. An armor and/or weapon set. -Something-.

Because right now, you're not enticing me to say "Shut up and take my money!"

You're enticing me to get a Lifetime Subscription to Star Trek Online.

How sad is -that-?

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* When does preorder end?

* When will you link accts so we only have to buy the one?

Right now, looking at whats in the preorder collectors edition its not making me wanna pay 3 accts worth, which is sad cause I have bought every single preorder collectors edition up till now for each of my accts cause the house, mount etc were always worth it to me. This time around while i'd hate to not get the collectors edition for the price with that crap stuff included its just not worth it.

Make the preorder stuff another $10 to $15 cheaper and i may consider it, but due to finances right now pretty sure gonna have to say screw it this time around.

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Agree answers to previous questions would be wonderful.  Two I'd most like to know:

  • When will pre-order end
  • Is there any difference in what you get if you buy the collector's edition via SOE online digital download or if you go to a game store to buy it in physical box form?

Suggestion, future forward - could you pretty please make note of the questions we ask you guys every single time you release an expansion and do us the favor of just answering them up front for the next one SMILEY  PLLLLLEEEAAASSSEEE!

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Yeah, something more needs to be put into this before I drop the money on the CE for this. Honestly, the EQ1 expansion is looking more attractive to purchase.

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Erevis_Cale wrote:

Also, since people are bound to ask. Does this expansion come with all previous expansions? Or is it like AoD in the fact that AoD did not come with any previous expansions?

Yes, Chains of Eternity will include Destiny of Velious

It won't include Age of Discovery. That is a stand-alone feature expansion, so you will need to purchase it separately. 

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The Collector's Edition comes with a Mercenary... and you need AoD to use Mercenaries, I thought? Or is this one exempt to that rule?

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The Collector's Edition comes with a Mercenary... and you need AoD to use Mercenaries, I thought? Or is this one exempt to that rule?

You do need AoD to use Mercenaries, including the one in the Collector's Edition. 

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Will AoD ever be put back up for SC?

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Dexella wrote:

ChrissyFaey wrote:

The Collector's Edition comes with a Mercenary... and you need AoD to use Mercenaries, I thought? Or is this one exempt to that rule?

You do need AoD to use Mercenaries, including the one in the Collector's Edition. 

So, effectively, one of the only two decent things with the CE is useless if you don't buy a stand alone feature pack.  Wow. That is a really cruddy move on the part of whomever put the extras together.  I mean, first to put in expendables, and then to add something else that is useless without another purchase? A merc shouldn't even be included with a pack if it can't be used without an additional purchase.  This all seems VERY poorly thought out..I used to look forward to expansions, and make sure I had money for them and HAD to pre-order.. but they just aren't exciting any more. It's very sad... the bad decisions just keep coming..

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