OK, so if we have to have bought and registered the expansion before 12/31, where do we buy it from? It is a pre-order thing? Or is the game expansion actually going to be available by then? If it's a pre-order (or even if it's not) do we have to purchase it directly through them? And if it is not released yet, how are we to activate it?
Sorry, but I thought the expansion was not due out till February?... I got the email today also, and was a bit confused by it all...
WHEN: The scheduled release date for EverQuest II: Destiny of Velious is February 8, 2011
HOW: Tiffany "Amnerys" Spence (of SOE) says, "you do not have to have pre-ordered the expansion before launch. You only have to meet the stated qualifiers (active subscription in good standing on the stated dates) and purchase the expansion before the end of 2011
...not the end of 2010."
It seems to me that you can choose to buy whichever version you prefer... Digital download direct from SOE or from someone like Steam or DD direct. Or the box from any store you choose. They seem to be tying the reward to activation not purchase.
I'm also guessing this means that if you wait until after launch to purchase the Xpac you will still get the reward (as long as you met the other two qualifications).
I think this is an attempt to finally quash the complaints from players who purchase the "wrong" version of the game (digital DL -vs- basic box -vs- deluxe box) and then cry when they don't get the reward(s) they felt entitled to. It seems like SOE is saying "here is the reward for buying the expansion, qualify and it's yours!"