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Sony Online's E3 LineUp

by Rainier on Jan. 1, 2006 @ 1:30 a.m. PST

Sony Online introduced several new video games and provided details on soon-to-be-released titles during the 2003 E3. The new games announced include Lords of EverQuest, a real-time strategy game for the PC and EverQuest Online Adventures: Frontiers, an expansion for North America's only massively multiplayer online game for the PlayStation2. Additionally, SOE provided new information for upcoming titles PlanetSide, the first massively multiplayer action game set in a persistent world and EverQuest II, the parallel universe to the original EverQuest PC MMO role-playing game.

"The coming year is going to be huge for us," said John Smedley, president, Sony Online Entertainment.

Sony Online introduced several new video games and provided details on soon-to-be-released titles during the 2003 E3. The new games announced include Lords of EverQuest, a real-time strategy game for the PC and EverQuest Online Adventures: Frontiers, an expansion for North America's only massively multiplayer online game for the PlayStation2. Additionally, SOE provided new information for upcoming titles PlanetSide, the first massively multiplayer action game set in a persistent world and EverQuest II, the parallel universe to the original EverQuest PC MMO role-playing game.

"The coming year is going to be huge for us," said John Smedley, president, Sony Online Entertainment. "The launch of PlanetSide is happening within days of E3 and the reactions to the game during Beta have been incredibly strong. EverQuest II will be happening later this year, with a whole new universe for both those new to MMOGs and hardcore EQ fans to explore. We're also taking the EQ brand in new directions, both on the PlayStation 2 and on the PC." Sony Online Entertainment is located at Booth 846 in the South Hall of the Los Angeles Convention Center during E3 from May 14-16.

PlanetSide

  • Release: May 19, 2003
  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: MMO Action Game

PlanetSide(tm) will make history when it launches on May 19, as the world's first massively multiplayer online first-person action game. The groundbreaking game will allow hundreds of thousands of players to fight online in an all-hours-of-the-day massive war. Characters gain experience with every conflict, and can become one of the best in more than 30 combat specialties, including infantry, sniper, stealth commando, engineer, hacker, medic, pilot, driver and more. The company also announced that it will partner with Team Sound to add squad-based voice chat functionality to PlanetSide, further enhancing the experience of fighting together with your squad and growing as a team.

EverQuest II

  • Release: Winter 2003
  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: MMORPG

Scheduled to launch in Winter 2003, EverQuest II is a parallel online universe to the hugely successful gaming phenomenon EverQuest. Featuring breathtaking graphics and a vast, beautiful game world to explore, EverQuest II sets new standards in graphical realism as players are immersed in the game's powerful epic storyline with thousands of players online. Not only will current EQ fans enjoy the new game, but players new to both the world of Norrath and MMO games will find the game much easier to navigate and play. Based 500 years after EverQuest, EverQuest II is a new and different game experience in a changed world marred by a fantastic life changing event. Players enter this world by creating their own unique character from 16 races and 48 classes and using a powerful facial customization system for unprecedented player individuality.

Lords of EverQuest

  • Release: Fall '03
  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: Real-Time Strategy (RTS)

Lords of EverQuest is the next-generation of real-time strategy game. Inspired by the lore of the online gaming phenomenon EverQuest, Lords of EverQuest features an enthralling storyline drawing you into the world of Norrath to change the fate of the world. Take command of one of 15 Lords from the dawn of Norrath and lead an army against your enemies in a race to claim a lost artifact. Featuring three different unique factions with which to do battle, and a beautiful game world filled with breathtaking environments, you are able to command more than a hundred troops comprised of Humans, Elves, Dwarves, Fiends and even Dragons! After the story is over, the game has just begun as players take the game online and play via SOE's upcoming matchmaking service.

EverQuest Online Adventures: Frontiers

  • Release: Fall '03
  • Platform: PlayStation(r)2
  • Genre: MMORPG

EverQuest Online Adventures: Frontiers expands the rich, vibrant fantasy world of Norrath with uncharted territories to explore, new items and spells
to acquire, fierce creatures to battle, and a new playable race, ogres. The game also adds graphically enhanced player models and armor, allowing for
greater character customization than ever before. Using the Network Adaptor for the PlayStation 2, EverQuest Online Adventures: Frontiers connects
seamlessly via modem or broadband to the Internet, directing players to dedicated EverQuest Online Adventures servers. Gamers simply insert the disc and the adventures of Tunaria are just a few button pushes away.

EverQuest: Evolution

  • Release: Fall '03
  • Platform: PC
  • Genre: MMORPG

EverQuest: Evolution is the perfect starting point for players new to the world of EverQuest. This boxed collection gathers everything a gamer needs to enter the world of Norrath in a single package. The original EverQuest and the first five expansions, The Ruins of Kunark, The Scars of Velious, The Shadows of Luclin, The Planes of Power, and The Legacy of Ykesha, are gathered together, along with two maps of the various continents.

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