Sony Online Entertainment Takes EverQuest® Players to the Moon With EverQuest: The Shadows of Luclin™

Magical World Awaits EverQuest Players With an All New Playable Race, Graphically Enhanced Gameplay and Rideable Mounts

PRNewswire
SAN DIEGO
Dec 3, 2001

Sony Online Entertainment Inc., a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online gaming, announced today that EverQuest®: The Shadows of Luclin™ will be available at retail stores tomorrow. The enchanting moonscape of Luclin will provide more than 400,000 current EverQuest players with over 27 new adventure zones, all-new items, creatures, spells, a new playable character race and rideable horses. Supported by a complete graphic overhaul, the enhanced gameplay featured in Luclin will allow EverQuest players to witness their world in unprecedented splendor.

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"Luclin is the most ambitious addition yet to a collection of massively multiplayer experiences that combine to form one of the greatest online games of all time -- EverQuest," said Scott McDaniel, Vice President of Marketing, Sony Online Entertainment. "There is an astonishing amount of new content added in this expansion and we're confident gamers everywhere will find Luclin truly amazing."

EverQuest players will have the opportunity to experience the feline grace and fierce power of the Vah Shir, the all-new playable character race in Luclin. The Vah Shir are agile warriors and silent stalkers fighting for the honor of their king and kin. This new catlike race allows players to hunt the dark side of Luclin with their excellent night vision.

With the latest addition of rideable mounts in Norrath, EverQuest players will now be able to purchase a horse of their own in designated locations and summon their horse with the aid of a magical whistle. This will allow players to traverse greater distances in shorter periods of time and even battle from their mounts.

EverQuest: The Shadows of Luclin will launch with an additional CD-ROM featuring a complete upgrade to all textures throughout the original world of Norrath and all previous expansions. This texture upgrade will allow EverQuest players to view Norrath with unparalleled clarity and beauty, enriching the overall gameplay experience.

  EverQuest: The Shadows of Luclin features:
  -- An all-new continent to explore set on the moon of Luclin.  The moon of
     Luclin is in perfect balance -- one side bathed forever in light, and
     the other blanketed in darkest night
  -- More than 27 new beginner, mid-level and advanced zones including
     lakes, jungles, caves, dungeons, ancient towers and a new starting city
  -- Massively enhanced 3D graphics engine
  -- Additional CD-ROM featuring a complete upgrade to all textures
     throughout the original world of Norrath and all previous expansions
  -- Highly detailed player-character models with all-new facial animations
  -- New playable race, the Vah Shir (noble catlike people), are charismatic
     and wise warriors
  -- Rideable horses to own, summon and ride into battle
  -- A new cast of visually stunning non-playable characters including
     Stonegrabber, Grimling, Shissar and more
  -- Challenging new quests and all-new items to barter, trade and sell
  -- Newly created cover and box art by the renowned fantasy artist Keith
     Parkinson
  -- Alternate modes of character development available for high level
     characters (51+)

Players will need to have purchased the original EverQuest or EverQuest: Trilogy to explore the moon of Luclin.

Continuing to grow with top-selling expansions The Ruins of Kunark, The Scars of Velious and now The Shadows of Luclin, EverQuest proves to be the largest fantasy world ever created online. During peak periods, more than 98,000 adventurers and dragon slayers have explored the world of Norrath simultaneously. The active global EverQuest subscriber base is comprised of players from various countries throughout the "real" world, including the U.S., England, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, Korea, Saudi Arabia, France, Italy and Australia.

The Station® ( http://www.station.com/ ) is the official provider of EverQuest, with software updates and news about the game, message boards and other community features, as well as an easy-to-use billing system for EverQuest's monthly subscription fee.

Sony Online Entertainment Inc. (SOE), the online gaming division of Sony Pictures Digital Entertainment, is a worldwide leader in massively multiplayer online gaming. Headquartered in San Diego, California, SOE develops, publishes and distributes entertainment for the PC and online markets. With more than 10 million registered users, SOE's award-winning website, The Station® ( http://www.station.com/ ) hosts a variety of entertaining games and player communities spanning all genres. In addition to blockbuster hits EverQuest® and Jeopardy! Online, SOE has an array of cutting-edge online games in development such as PlanetSide™, Star Wars® Galaxies™ and Sovereign™.

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SOURCE: Sony Online Entertainment Inc.

Contact: Christy Fritts of Sony Online Entertainment, +1-858-577-3295,
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