I wasn't sure I was gonna check this out, but I think I will now! It is a huge step for MMORPGs. It just gives it an edge up in realism. While it doesn't take away the whole Everquest "model", it should make SOME people spend more time interacting in the cities and with NPCs. Only problem, when completing a quest you'll have to hear the person say the same damn thing over and over as you hand in the items. :)
"Huard, gonna go back to throw the ball. Sets up, looks, throws towards the corner of the endzone...it is INTERCEPTED INTERCEPTED, THE DUCKS HAVE THE BALL! Down to the 35, the 40. Kenny Wheaton's gonna score! Kenny Wheaton is gonna score! 20, the 10, Touchdown! Kenny Wheaton on the interception, the most incredible finish to the football game!"
I'm getting progressively more and more worried about EQ2. SOE has been going all-out on hyping its graphics, its geography, and now its sound--and hasn't said one word about advances made in the gameplay.
What's the point if it's just going to be Everquest with prettier graphics?
I"m going to go out on a limb (not really) and say that any gameplay changes will be of the "very minor" variety. As lame and dull as EQ's gameplay is, it's made them an assload of money. I think that "Everquest with better graphics" is all Sony/Verant thinks they'll need to sell this one, and they're probably right.
Kansas-born and deeply ashamed The last living La Parka Marka
"They that can give up essential liberty to gain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin
...or maybe more...as according to Gamespot, from Nintendo execs. (gamespot.com) Predicted release time: between April 1st, 2006 and December 31st, 2006. I'd probably guess around November, in time for the Christmas rush.