Through a bit of internet sleuthing we've discovered that recently, Sony Online Entertainment decided to trademark two new titles, one each for EverQuest and EverQuest II. The trademarks in question took place on June 10th, 2009 and are EverQuest Underfoot, and EverQuest II Sentinel's Fate. While nothing is announced yet, there's a good chance these two titles are the names of each game's respective expansions.
So why would SOE do this? Well, they have the annual SOE Fanfaire coming up in a week, in which they'll no doubt continue their recent tradition of announcing expansions for their flagship MMO titles, so ensuring the trademark was in place prior to the announcement is always crucial.
EverQuest fans will no doubt recognize the Underfoot fairly quickly. It's an area that many wished would be introduced to the game early on in its lifetime; the realm of Brell Serilis, deity whom created the dwarves. Coming off its 10th anniversary and a new server ruleset, this would be the 16th expansion for the game.
On the other hand, what Sentinel's Fate will bring is questionable. Will this be the much-anticipated Velious expansion for EverQuest II, related to the dragons of the continent? Or will it continue the story laid out by The Shadow Odyssey?
Regardless, I think it's safe to say we'll hear these new expansions announced at the SOE Fanfaire during John Smedley's Community Address on Friday, June 26th at 7PM PDT. Stay tuned next week as we'll no doubt have more information not only on EverQuest and EverQuest II, but other titles shown at the Fanfaire as well!