Sony Online Entertainment announces new EverQuest online trading card game
By Dean Takahashi
Friday, August 3rd, 2007 at 7:30 pm in Dean Takahashi, Dean and Nooch on Gaming, General.
I’m in Las Vegas getting ready to leave the hacker shows. John Smedley, the head of Sony Online Entertainment, happens to be here giving a keynote speech to Fan Faire, the annual gathering of fans of Sony’s online games such as EverQuest and Star Wars Galaxies. Tonight, he’s speaking to the crowd of maybe 1,700 attendees and will talk about this new EverQuest trading card online game:
SONY ONLINE ENTERTAINMENT INTRODUCES
LEGENDS OF NORRATH™
First Online Trading Card Game Integrated into EverQuest® and EverQuest® II MMO Game
First Chapter, Oathbound, Introduced At SOE Fan Faire
LAS VEGAS, NV – August 3, 2007 – Fans of EverQuest® and EverQuest® II, as well as strategy game enthusiasts received a special surprise from Sony Online Entertainment (SOE) president John Smedley during his Fan Faire Community Address today when he revealed plans for Legends of Norrath™, the first online trading card game based on SOE’s popular MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Game) franchises.
Legends of Norrath is the first online card game playable within the EverQuest(EQ) and EverQuest II(EQII) live MMO games. Launching from an in-game menu, or using a free SOE Station ID, players can challenge opponents on their game server, or across other EQ and EQII servers in both casual games and high-level tournaments.
“With Legends of Norrath, we’re expanding and evolving the EverQuest and EverQuest II experience for both our loyal fans as well as strategy gamers,” says Smedley. “The cards and interface have been designed by some extremely talented people in our Denver studio, and perfectly capture the sense and feel that have made EQ and EQII so popular.”
Developed at SOE’s Denver, CO studio, Oathbound is the first release in the Legends of Norrath storyline. Oathbound features more than 375 digital cards and will be available in both 55-card digital starter decks and 15-card digital booster packs. In this first of three card sets, players become part of a clandestine, secret war between the forces of Order and Chaos. Once jailed on the Plane of Justice, a mysterious tribunal offers them a chance for freedom and redemption by helping fight against the forces of Chaos. In swearing allegiance to the side of Order, players become Oathbound, and fight this shadow war against the forces of Chaos to keep them from plunging Norrath into a bloody and eternal war.
In addition to player vs. player combat, Legends of Norrath is the complete online card gaming experience, featuring a sophisticated, re-playable AI system for single player campaigns, easy to use management tools and numerous Casual and Tournament game lobbies. Victory can be achieved by completing quests or reducing your opponent’s health, enabling players to employ their own unique strategies for victory. The game also features a robust loot system; more than 30 loot items each for EQ and EQII will be available, including player mounts, potions, clothing and spells.