Caught this news item over at Gamespot. Apparently, the next big expansion for online juggernaut Everquest, The Legacy of Ykesha, will be available only through download, and not on retailer shelves. Including a new playable race, the Frogloks, and a series of zones designed for the mid to high level player, it is not clear as of now when Ykesha is expected to go live, but for the rabid fan, you can set up your pre-order right now!
Gamespot goes on to report that:
The extension will include a new playable race, the frogloks These froglike creatures have been long present in EverQuest as an AI monster, but they'll sport a new look when they debut as a playable race. There are many other features coming: expanded item capacity for banks, an enhanced tool for finding groups, a guild management tool, a built-in cartography system, a new item slot dedicated to charms, and the ability to customize a character's look with armor dyes. There's also new content in the works for the extension, including new spells, dozens of new monsters, and new zones targeted for characters at level 35 to 60.
An interesting mix of upgrades that will certainly draw Verant's coffers ever more full. Love it or hate it, Everquest is the bar by which other MMORPGs measure their product. The guys know how to make money!