EoF has been a fairly successful expansion, so pundits have already been speculating for a while now on what the next expansion will be.
One set of evidence points towards the introduction of planar content – changes to Ferrott reintroducing the fear portal surrounded by a number of fear mobs. I like to think that there are indicators of Sony building up to the opening of the “ruined” druid rings so that portage becomes easier.
EoF would appear to have been a success – at the very least, most people appear to like the expansion content – excepting the faeries and lesser faydark (aka totally gayerdark). Someone seriously misunderstood when they were told ‘like gfay but with more spunk’. That leaves the world a little “good” biased – Kelethin is a hell of a lot nicer as a home city than Freeport or Qeynos. And one of the best citys so far, IMHO.
An evil city might be a good bet for a next expansion and it seems Sony have moved to trademark a new Kunark name. Some people really liked the Kunark expansion of EQ1, but I honestly don’t think it was the best, and I have no special attachment to Kunark – I’d sooner see Velious again. Kunark, however, has some of the least “shoeboxy” of the zones, it had some feel of a continent to it; Velious less so. I seem to recall Luclin being absolutely horrible for it.
The trouble with a Planar expansion is that the lore than changes the face of Norrath doesn’t neccessarily apply to the planes, so presumably they’d be very similar to the EQ1 versions, and how will players receive that?
If SoE are going with Kunark, I wonder if a one-zone Cabilis is in the works. We already have lizardmen, so potentially there might not be a new race; on the other hand, we could always populate Cabalis with undead avatars of EQ1 characters ;)