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EverQuest II Online Game Hits the Stores San Diego-Based Sony Online Entertainment Braces for Record Sales. COORDINATES Date: Monday, November 8, 2004 Times: 0730 - 0745 EST 1330 - 1345 EST re-feed Route: Pac TV 1 >Steele Valley uplink > IA 5 (c-band) transponder 20 Downlink: 4100 Horizontal Title: Sony Online Entertainment Feed issues, call: Pacific Television 310-287-3800 Media Contact: Courtney Simmons 858-577-3335 office 760-505-7879 mobile ANCHOR COPY
The wait is over for the 3 million fans of EverQuest. Sony Online Entertainment announces that EverQuest 2 has shipped to stores and is available for purchase today. EverQuest 2 is the highly anticipated follow-up to the world's number one online game which has sold more than 3 million copies to date and has the attention of more than 400,000 current online gamers.
According to Sony Online in San Diego, EverQuest 2, with its state-of-the-art movie quality 3D graphics, is more sophisticated and technically advanced than the first. Players create their own online fantasy persona -- such as a knight in shining armor, a mysterious wizard, or a dastardly rogue -- and can customize every detail, including their character's faces, hair and body types, as they try to conquer mythical monsters in a virtual world of castles, dragons and evil warlords. Another twist; EverQuest 2 players can align with other players to slay the game's creatures and capture elusive treasures.
The game's unique soundtrack required a cast of more than 100 actors, including well-known Hollywood favorites Christopher Lee and Heather Graham, to voice the 130-plus hours of dialogue. That's more than 65 feature films worth of spoken dialogue within the EverQuest 2 game.
According to the Entertainment Software Association, the electronic games industry is a $20-billion a year business and predictions are that 114-million people will be playing online games in the next four years.
EverQuest 2 is available now for $49.99 at leading retailers nationwide.
PRNewswire -- Nov. 5
SOURCE: Sony Online Entertainment