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Everquest comes to Europe

Local servers and translation service launching on November 1st

Sony Online Entertainment have officially announced that the first European servers for Everquest will finally be going live on November 1st. It's been a long time coming, but now players of the highly addictive massively multiplayer role-playing game who are based on this side of the pond will be able to take advantage of the lower pings that come from having a dedicated set of servers located here in the UK. No doubt SOE will also be hoping that this will help to lure even more people into its online world, especially with the new Shadows of Luclin add-on pack due for European release through UbiSoft later in the year. Luclin will also be the first of SOE's products to be localised, featuring in-game text in English, French, German, Japanese and Korean and automatically translating between them on the fly as you chat to players from other countries. The results are likely to be hilarious, especially as the "advanced translation software" has to handle the obscure terminology of role-playing games and the unintelligible ASCII ramblings of l337 sp34k, but it is at least a step in the right direction.

Source - press release