Today SOE posted in their developer blog that they are working on details for the upcoming beta test of the new expansion. Almost nothing is known so far and many are (yes me too!) awaiting further information. Where will the next expansion take us? Who will we face? There are many questions and the EQ development team has done a great job at capturing player’s attention for so many years. Whatever it is, it's most likely going to be quite big, considering they've had a long time to work on it!
EverQuest has switched to releasing one expansion per year. This gives SOE a lot more space to ensure higher quality and more bug-free content to enjoy. Fairly recently we interviewed the new Lead Designer of EverQuest and also several in the EQ team answered some of the questions we presented them with.
In the blog entry SOE mention that the beta will begin next month sometime and they would love to have players and guilds who can commit to a schedule, make sure to follow the beta instructions which will be posted in August if interested. In return you'll get a much more detailed interaction with the development team, which pretty much means you'll help out balancing the encounters, among other things. Real-time balancing is a possibility SOE says.