This week’s rollup post includes news about Antonia Bayle server upgrades, some out-of-whack procs, and further speculation about Free-to-Play (F2P).
After the jump…
Regarding Server Upgrades
We have ordered new hardware to replace the overburdened Antonia Bayle and Nagafen. I’ll shoot out an ETA once we hear more.
Who’s Going to Fan Faire?
Want to know which of your favorite developers, community, or other team members for the various games will be at Fan Faire? There’s a thread for that.
An Eerie Light in Everfrost
If you stand in just the right spot in Everfrost, you will see a gap in the mountains of Everfrost which emits an eerie light source. The mystery has finally been revealed by Gninja:
It was originally going to be the entrance into Icy Keep: Retribution. But it will likely get other uses in the future.
Furious Blows + Swift Claws = Hairball
In response to a bug report that the Furious Blows effect (proc) is not stacking with Swift Claws, Xelgad has posted the following:
This is a bug. It will be fixed with the next Game Update.
Admiral’s Off the Chain
And regarding another proc, this time Admiral’s Chain, Fyreflyte has indicated that a fix has been submitted for the next Game Update by another developer.
The F2P Question
Ever since the Stratics interview with Dave “SmokeJumper” Georgeson at E3, where they posed the point-blank question about the future of Free-to-Play (F2P) and EQ2, Georgeson’s interesting response has resulted in a slow-but-steady stream of feedback on the EQ2 forums.
Not surprisingly, players have been divided.
- Some players have expressed hope that the introduction of independent, completely separate F2P EQ2 servers would bring more players to the game, resulting in more revenue, which would help with bigger, better expansions, and more robust game updates.
- Some raiders are concerned that F2P will peel off players from their guild rosters, making recruitment that much more difficult.
- Some players are convinced that SOE lacks the self-discipline to keep F2P completely separate from the current Subscription model.
- And naturally, some players are threatening to quit EQ2 and SOE altogether if they add this optional ruleset.
In response to the “never say never” question from players, SmokeJumper has added these comments:
I shouldn’t have implied that we would “never” make changes.
If you folks ended up changing your minds and instead demanded that we move you to an F2P model, then, well…we’d probably do it. Thus, “never” isn’t true.
But your wishes have been made clear to us and we have no plans to move your servers to an F2P status.
Leading up to Fan Faire and the Destiny of Velious expansion, there will be some very passionate, interesting discussions. We’ll keep you apprised.
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