Thanks to GameSpot for its feature discussing plans to give full-audio speech to non-player characters in PC MMORPG sequel EverQuest II
. The article points out this is "a first for online role-playing games, which have previously only featured silent characters that interact with players by sending them text chat messages"
, and elsewhere, a Grimwell Online article mentions
a new PC Gamer magazine article specifying "an expected 130 hours of speech across 70,000 lines of dialogue"
, and revealing that "EQ2 is a $25 million dollar project."
This new information comes as EverQuest celebrates its fifth anniversary with a multitude of developer interviews
on the official site, as well as the re-activation of all old accounts
until April 15th.